Here is the Dilemma: P4 2.6 or Athlon XP 2600

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by pr00fX, Dec 24, 2002.

  1. pr00fX

    pr00fX Guest

    Well here is the problem, I really need to build a new computer the "thing" I am using now should not even be considered a computer. I would tell you all what it is but you would all die from laughing and therefore I would receive no replies to this topic.

    Well I already have the case, monitor, keyboard, drives, etc.

    But I have yet to decide on what platform to go with.

    I have gone through the benchmarks over and over and they just make me more indecisive.
    So What I would like to know is..Which Do you recommend the P4 2.6 or the Athlon 2600+?
    I chose these chips because right now they are very similar in price.

    Basically I would like to know which chip would be better for what I would like to do...
    1. Surf the Net
    2.Gaming
    3. Cd Burning
    4. Music
    5. Video Encoding
    and other stuff like that...

    Which one is better for running multiple programs at the same time?

    And if you would recommend the P4 could you also point me in the direction of a good motherboad? there are just too many to go looking through.

    If you recommend the AMD you can also recommend a mobo but it is not really needed because there is a much smaller variety and I have already built quite a few AMD systems.

    Thanks for any Input


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  2. Iceman

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  3. Nick M

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    Athlon 2600


    Just go with it. Trust me.
     
  4. Herkalees

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    Go for the Athlon. I did, and I'm a genius...
     
  5. xsivforce

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    Athlon all the way, baby. Yeah! :cool:
     
  6. 2z

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    Pentium solid, reliable dependable,

    :cool:
     
  7. xsivforce

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    Athlon, xsivforce has one. :p
     
  8. Sazar

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    if you stare @ xsiv's avatar long enough... he will convince you to go athlon lol...

    btw you really gonna trust ziggy boy? his avatar has a guys head been sliced :cool:
     
  9. xsivforce

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    Stare into my avatar....stare into my avatar...
     
  10. Sazar

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    /me puts on shades :cool: and pokes xsiv's avatar...

    hmmm... its jiggly... it needs to work out...
     
  11. 2z

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    LOL yeah its a power thing

    I just upgraded my kids machine from a celery500 to an XP1800 (retail)
    it kicks the a$$ of my P4 1.6 :eek:

    the stock HSF is much better now running @ 32c :cool:

    Personally I'm gonna wait for the P4 3.06 to come down in price
    untill then I buy AMD for home use and gaming

    cheap n fast

    pentium's more of business chip

    very reliable

    IMHO

    :happy:
     
  12. xsivforce

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    *giggles*

    Stop it!

    *giggles again*
     
  13. 2z

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    [​IMG] sleeeeepppppppeeeeeee [​IMG]



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    gone

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  14. Sazar

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    I seriously think that ziggy should be banned...

    he mentioned the word peeeeeee ... the bastid :(

    /me points to his poor virgin ears :confused:
     
  15. 2z

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    :D Bleh

    Good Morning Sazar ;)

    I was thinking about buying one of these ATi cards to go with my AMD :eek:

    is it worth it ????????



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  16. Sazar

    Sazar F@H - Is it in you? Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    which ati card?

    depends which one you want to get...

    if its the 9700pro.. it is absoutely worth it.. so long as you don't have a particular sis chipset.. I forget which...c oz they have issues with the ati card with agp 8x... its a chipset problem more so than a gfx card prob..

    9700pro online is retailing for around 320 and OEM for around 280... barely above price for a ti4600....
     
  17. 2z

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    yeah it is 9700pro I'm after

    I heard they got the driver probs sorted out now

    my local store is selling this

    128Mb GigaByte ATI Radeon 9700-Pro II Retail DVI/TV DDR Retail £262.02 about $300

    can't wait :D

    :cool:
     
  18. Sazar

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    I haven't had any probs with this card or any radeon I have had...

    most of the probs are by nimwits woh think they can upgrade and what not by themselves yet do not have the knowledge to do it properly and then blame everything but themselves :)

    the 9700pro did have compatibility probs with an agp8x chipset from sis and that is sis's fault as I said before...

    the drivers have been good for me... haven't had a problem so far and I have used them all.. am currently using dx9 and cat 3.0...

    if you DO have problems just go to www.rage3d.com forums radeon help section and someone will help you out...

    they even have bios flashing to get uber results in 3dmark and stuff.. if thats your cup of tea..
     
  19. 2z

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    I was refering to the older 8500 cards that had driver problems

    I've heard nothing but good reports about the 9700pro

    I didnt know about the problem with that particular chipset

    cheers sazaar

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  20. Sazar

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    yah the 8500 were rushed to the market basically with raw drivers... and they were not very stable...

    but that was initially.. within a coupla months the card was roaring along...

    the problem with the agp8x on certain mobo'sis random lockups and errors and what not... you'll see a whole host of problems posted all over the web about them...