Looking for a new desktop (CPU questions)

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  1. cyc1120

    cyc1120 OT Supporter

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    Hi all,

    I don't really follow computer technology. I'm currently considering a new desktop. I'm using it mainly for work and school. Might play games on it occasionally.

    There are so many new cpus out there... from what I understand.. the oldest is dual core, then we have core 2 duo and finally quad core...

    My questions are:
    1) what are the equivalents with AMD?
    2) should i be choosing AMD or Intel?
    3) Which cpu should i be choosing?
    4) Does brand (Dell, HP, Compaq, etc) matter? If yes, which ones are good and which brands aren't?


    Thanks a lot :bigthumb:
     
  2. cyc1120

    cyc1120 OT Supporter

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    I am curently looking at this one... any comments?
    Processor Type AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 3800+
    Processor Speed 2.0GHz
    RAM 1GB DDR2 SDRAM
    Hard Drive 200GB SATA 7200RPM
    Optical Drives 16X DVD+/-RW DL With Lightscribe
    Graphics Card See The Features Section
    Available Expansion Bays 2 x 5.25", 1 x 3.5"
    Available Expansion Slots 2 x PCI, 1 x PCI-Express
    Cache 512KB + 512KB L2
    Disk Drive No
    Fax/Modem 56K V.90
    I/O Ports 7 x USB 2.0, 2 x FireWire (IEEE 1394)
    Included Software See The Features Section
    Monitor Included? No
    Network Card 10/100 Ethernet
    Other Control Devices Compaq Keyboard & Scroll Mouse
    Preloaded Operating System Windows Vista Home Premium
    Sound Card High-Def Audio, 8 Speaker Configurable
    Speakers No
    System Bus 2000MHz
     
  3. Skankin'

    Skankin' We are Ginger. We do not forgive. We do not forget

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    What is your budget is the first thing we need to know.

    I would build my own if I was you instead of buying one. It is much easier than most people think. Go with a Core 2 Duo over the AMD 3800+ x2 (I'm typing this on a 3800+ x2 and it is good, but way outclassed by a nice Core 2 Duo) Get 2GB DDR2 RAM, preferable DDR2800. A seagate SATA II Hard drive, and a good 8600 GT or ATi 2600 if you plan on doing some gaming.
     
  4. Kelex

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    1) what are the equivalents with AMD?
    AMD has the Athlon 64 X2s and FXs. AMD's quad cores for the desktop is not out yet. They will be soon.

    2) should i be choosing AMD or Intel?
    Intel > AMD right now.

    3) Which cpu should i be choosing?
    Depends on your budget or your needs.

    4) Does brand (Dell, HP, Compaq, etc) matter? If yes, which ones are good and which brands aren't?
    If you can, build your own. Most branded pcs is either garbage or way overpriced.
     
  5. lolerskates

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    amd stuff is a little cheaper, but intels core duos are better, but if your like me you don't like to spend money lol
     
  6. cyc1120

    cyc1120 OT Supporter

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    Actually, I have seen a lot of desktops at best buy which are around 300-400. It looks liek they have what I want...
    the only thing that I might add later on might be more ram and a better video card.....

    now.. the only dilemma is which processor to choose...
     
  7. Shorty

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    yea, your going to be spending more than the price of a new video card and ram to upgrade those, because most computers like dells for instance, dont like to be upgraded. i think the dell power supplys are an issue?
     

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