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Need a little CPU help

by vincebuttons / July 17, 2006 12:04 PM PDT

I'm basically building a new desktop (the only things I'm taking from my old system is the HD, CD/DVD drives, sound card, and the floppy).

Mboard: Foxconn NF4SK8AA-8KRS ATX nForce4 SLI
VideoCard: Leadtek WinFast PX7300GT TDH Geforce 256MB
RAM: 1GB (will upgrade later)

I'm still in the planning stage, but I'm stuck between CPU choices. I'm not a huge gamer, but I do pay every once in a while. My main perogative is imaging and video, primarily imaging and 3D graphics stuff. I've narrowed down to two different processors.

AMD Athlon 64 3500+ Venice 2000MHz
AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Manchester 2000MHz HT Dual Core

Budget-wise, I'd go with the AMD Athlon Venice, but I'm not sure if I'd be better off performance wise with the dual core Manchester. Your thoughts, anyone?

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For video work, the dual core wins.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 17, 2006 10:38 PM PDT
In reply to: Need a little CPU help

There's little to discuss here as dual core is the answer to video work.


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Dual also wins for...
by GeeBee / July 17, 2006 11:55 PM PDT

...3D rendering apps too.


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Tom's Hardware link :
by GeeBee / July 18, 2006 11:48 AM PDT
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wait until the last week of july
by ramarc / July 18, 2006 12:02 AM PDT
In reply to: Need a little CPU help

new athlon64 pricing effective 7/24:

athlon64 x2-5000+ $282 (now $649)
athlon64 x2-4600+ $224 (now $522)
athlon64 x2-4200+ $175 (now $339)
athlon64 x2-3800+ $149 (now $277)
athlon64 3800+ $102 (now $246)
athlon64 3500+ $79 (now $130)

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by Scrotes4Life / July 18, 2006 4:28 AM PDT
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The Venice supports hyper threading (I'm Intel P4 guy - so I call it that) which means you can do mucho multitasking. Flip a coin.

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