AMD vs Intel Which to Choose?

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I am in the process of researching a new machine. I am considering a P4 3.4 Ghz prescott and an AMD 64 3500. The primary use will be gaming and some video editing. Which is the better choice? I am open to other options but I dont want to sepnd the $ on P4 extreme or AMD FX.
 

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If primary use is gaming, I think most would say the amd.

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I would go for the athlon 64 3200. Make sure your memory is compatable with your motherboard. Tom's did an extensive test of memory brands with socket 754 boards. Some are picky, so choose the memory carefully.
 

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if you can afford the 3500+ then i say its the best choice becuase it gives a longer term upgrade path, with the possibility of using dual core next year. plus for gaming, the athlon 64 has no match right now.
 

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GAMING = AMD

So the choice is obvious! And as other have mentionned, the upgradability of Socket939 is better than P4 unless you get a new LGA775 based board.

Of course, some will argue that the P4 is faster in Video Editing, but it's not your main use and P4 are not much more faster anyway. But, on the other hand, it's hard to find a game that is faster on P4 today. The AMD architecture is more gamer-friendly! :smile:

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Get AMD for your case. Try to find the clawhammer core, has more cache.

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Yes but sledgehammer has 200 MHz more, and games and all that like 200 MHz more then 512 kb more cache.


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Overclocking the clawhammer core by 200mhz is usually childs play!

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I say buy Intel, their better and have high integrity.

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For gamming most likely you will not miss that extra cache.

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I'd go with the A64, but only if you get a top quality board like the MSI K8N Neo Platinum.

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yes indeed.... Via is just......................I dont wanna talk about it *runs off into the nearest corner*

nForce 3 250GB is the way to go, or u should get P4! :D Atleast its not Via!

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A64 3400+ (2.4 GHz, 512k L2 cache) with MSI K8N Neo Platinum would be the smartest choice

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Any Athlon 64 is great for gaming right now, but I recommend at least a 3000+. Intel aren't in the game for full on gaming machines right now, they will just have to catch up later.

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PeteRoy, I think that by 'their' you really meant to say 'they're'. Also, both Intel and AMD are regular publicly traded companies in it for profit alone, I wouldn't trust Intel's integrity anymore than I would AMD's.
 

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I say buy Intel, their better and have high integrity.
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Take note here guys! This man knows his CPU's! :lol:




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nope your full of it


Intel has better marekting, but integrity? HAH

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Search for PeteRoy's posts on <A HREF="http://forums.anandtech.com" target="_new">AnandTech Forums</A> sometime. It's quite enlightening.

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So the 1-15 frames per second difference are that much of a difference now? I have seen A64's they aren’t bullet proof in UT2004 add some bots in an onslaught match and you’ll be been the 40's like on a P4.

But on the positive side the A64 is better equipped to deal with the gaming aspect. Even though in the end they all play it about the same since non stress bond rails do not impress me.

Also do you intend to get into PCI-X, DDR2, or perhaps Wi-Fi? With considerations to that the Intel solution might be more to your taking since the new platform is filled with new technologies.

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I'm faster now than I was with the 875P board, and yea, I can run with the nephew's A64-3000+. I'm still real impressed with it though and it was by far the easiest build I've ever done. Intel's still selling the hell out of the Northwoods and prices are still where they are, but if I had to build new today, I would still build an A64. It just wouldn't be sitting on an MSI board! :lol:


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Also do you intend to get into PCI-X, DDR2, or perhaps Wi-Fi? With considerations to that the Intel solution might be more to your taking since the new platform is filled with new technologies.
PCI-X? I think you mean PCI-E. PCI-X is basically 64-bit PCI clocked at 100 or 133 MHz, and it's been around for both Intel and AMD for a while now.

PCI-E is nice tho. Not so much benefit for graphics yet, but GigE can definitely use the extra bandwidth.

WiFi on Intel chipsets is non-functional though. DDR2 isn't even worth touching yet.

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