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budget 177$, which 1 should i buy Pentium D or AMD64 x2

by C17S2LM / November 19, 2006 4:30 AM PST

hi...i wanted to ask everyone that my budget is 177$, which one processor should i buy (only dual core), my frnds are saying to buy a Pentium D 950 processor, plz comment is this a good processor or i should any other (even AMD64). i am a normal user, i like to play GTA sanandreas types game, and net surfing

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by Big Eddie / November 19, 2006 4:56 AM PST

Hey dude, i have a pentium D 820, it works great and supports the future technology "VIIV" but not all models have next-gen stuff, try to avoid any pentium D processor that ends in 5 (like 805, 845, etc etc) because they have less features, doesn't mean that they are slower.

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by mcallij / November 20, 2006 8:04 AM PST

Buy a Core 2 Duo E6300. The Core 2 Duo line is much more powerful than anything else released to this point. If you're not wanting to go that way (which, personally, I'd want the best performance for the price, so I would), then look towards AMD's Athlon x2 series. They tend to perform better than the Pentium D's.

Again, in order: Core 2 Duo E6300, AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+, Pentium D 945. All of these are no more than $5 over the budget price you gave (the Pentium D is actually below it).

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