Extreme Edition ... Worth the price?

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  1. BouncingSoul

    BouncingSoul Stranger Than Fiction Political User

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    I keep telling myself I'm going all out on my next system. I'm convinced that I'm getting an 8800GTX, UNLESS Ati can top it in the next month or so (looking doubtful) and that doesn't bother me. Sure its expensive but its top of the line and will be good for at least a year to come.

    The Core 2 Duo extreme on the other hand has me confused. Its twice the price but is it worth it? I see a regular C2D dominates a top of the line X2. Can an extreme dominate enough to justify the price? Thoughts?

    Thanks

    **EDIT**

    Just looked at the CPU chart over at Tom's. The extreme C2D is the fastest all right. But IMHO it just isn't worth that price. Still would like opinions either way. Thanks
     
  2. fitz

    fitz Just Floating Along Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    Simple answer from me:

    No.. not worth the price premium.
     
  3. Perris Calderon

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    what's the price differance in dollars between what you want and what you'll settle for?
     
  4. madmatt

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    Current prices at Newegg

    C2E = ~ $959.00
    C2D = ~ $509.00
     
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  5. Perris Calderon

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    ohfa...400 dollar differance...that's more then you need to spend for such a small gain in performance that's 4 sure

    do you do any multi threading?...any programs that make use of it?

    if it were 64 bit I would say go for it becuase it will pay dividends when you go to vista as your only os

    do you fold or some other cooperative program?

    if you are on the folding team or something similar you really need two cores
     
  6. lancer

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    personnally probably going to buy their most expensive kentfield, which is like $1500, but for me its worth it, although i am also looking at a xeon as well.
     
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  7. Vanquished

    Vanquished Mr. Bananagrabber Political User

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    Absolutely not, I was looking at the charts and its barely better.
     
  8. BouncingSoul

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    The performance increase is there. But it really isn't a lot. I was already leaning towards the regular c2d before I saw the chart but I wanted some other opinions. I've never owned an extreme edition anything so I was curious. Thanks for the opinions.
     
  9. Tuffgong4

    Tuffgong4 The Donger Need Food!!!! Political User

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    how bout a quad core xeon... for around 350 dollars.
    plug that one into a motherboard from gigabyte that supports socket 771 and you're set.

    Quad Core Xeon

    socket 771 mobos at Newegg (dual socket configs)

    some pros and cons fighting to the desktop or server implementations but at least there are more options than were probably though.
     
  10. Vanquished

    Vanquished Mr. Bananagrabber Political User

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    How about makin it a quad processor Opteron system?
    Only 1500 dollars for the Mobo!
     
  11. BouncingSoul

    BouncingSoul Stranger Than Fiction Political User

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    That would be cool. I've heard the server chips aren't meant for any sort of gaming though. Is that true?
     
  12. lancer

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    what charts are you talking about?
     
  13. fitz

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    Tom's.. as in, i'm assuming, Tom's hardware

    edit: link directly to Tom's CPU Chart's Page
     
  14. Tuffgong4

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    well if you think 700 for the 2 quad core xeons and 350-400 for the motherboard that fits two socket 771s you are still only 1100 dollars and will have a hard time using that much computing power, but about the same price or even less than a top of the line Core 2 quad and motherboard.