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Which would be better for gaming?

The new intel mobo's come with SLi so that is a possiblity.
intel Pentium D 820 Smithfield 800MHz FSB 2 x 1MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Dual Core, EM64T Processor : $285 (that is why i am interested)


Would I be smart to stick with the single core AMD like a:
AMD Athlon 64 3500+ Venice 1GHz FSB 512KB L2 Cache Socket 939 Processor: $270 (also good)
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That really is an interesting question? I am going to find out my preference automatically goes for AMD but a dual core cpu at that price its either very good value or its dodgy.
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I got the price from newegg so I don't think they would sell dodgy stuff. But I know your preference is AMD, as is many people, I'm just asking what would be better for gaming?
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Right it is essentially a cut back (dodgy) version of a dual core the amds are still the best gaming chips as they rule the roost in terms of single thread 32-bit applications(games). If you do alot of audio encoding and 3d rendering etc. the get a 820. The intel chips are also very power hungry needing 45 watts more power.

Edited by warriorscot, 20 June 2005 - 11:56 AM.

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I was reading that review that you posted about the AMD 3000+ with the Venice core. How fast do you think the 3500+ would be if I overclocked it?
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It would actualy go about the same speed. CPU manufacturers dont make a core that goes at xGHz they make one core and then set the speed so a 3000+ is more or less identical to a 3500+. So they both are limited to the venices top stable speed at about 2.8Ghz it will of course go higher but you would need some better cooling for that.
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So what would you buy if you were going to buy one soon?
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Well i am gonna buy one soon (next month birthday money to spend) im getting a AMD 3200+ Venice as it offers a decent amount of power unclocked and at 2ghz is a nice round number to play with. I initialy once i have made sure my pc is completely stable intend to overclock to 2.5ghz hopefully as i can increase the HT and RAM speeds by the same ratio as my RAM is guranteed to clock up to a good speed and it is well within the mobos capabilities.
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