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'Best' Processor for £150 inc. VAT?

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by burpfish, Jan 20, 2004.

  1. burpfish

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    Hello,

    I just saw that Scan are doing the AMD Athlon "Barton" XP3200+ 400FSB (Socket A) CPU - OEM (CP-058-AM) CPU for about 150 quid ("this week only").

    That looks like a good price.


    However, they also have three Intel CPUs for about the same price:

    Intel Pentium 4 "Northwood" 2.8GHz (533FSB) - Retail (CP-012-IN)

    Intel Pentium 4 "Northwood" 2.4GHz (800FSB) with HT Technology - SL6Z3 Stepping - Retail (CP-041-IN)

    Intel Pentium 4 "Prescott" 2.8GHz (800FSB) with HT Technology - Retail (CP-045-IN)


    Um ... I used to keep up with all of this, but have gotten out of the loop.

    In your opinium, for a 'general purpose' machine (including some gaming), which of these is the best bet?

    Or, all they all much the same?

    Or, should I go and do more research before bothering you guys? I just dont want to miss the Scan AMD offer if it really is a killer deal.

    Thanks!

    Dave
     
  2. Garrett

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    I always though the AMD were better bangs for buck and were better for games something to do with the floating decimal point.
     
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    Agree with Garrett, AMD is rarely beaten in power-per-pound races. At £150 I'd buy the AMD without hesitation .. for one thing, it's not an Intel. ;)

    An HT chip really only useful if you're doing more than one thing at once, you're not likely to reap benefits much just playing Quake or DVDs. :), though large video/audio encodes can be quicker on an HT. Memory speed is more important, 800 memory will be noticeably faster in use than 533.
     
  4. Garrett

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    Have you looked at Overclockers it looks like they are doing one for £127,50 this week only here.

    EDIT Just saw you have to add VAT to that.
     
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    Pre week 40 built XP 2500 Barton - ~£70ish. Should oc to 3200 speed no problem.
     
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    How loud do they go bang? :laugh:
     
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