new puter, which one?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by electrickpirate, Nov 10, 2004.

  1. electrickpirate

    electrickpirate pirate extraordinaire

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    New computer, but which one is better?
    Both have these common components:

    - 1 GB DDR / PC3200 (2 DIMM)
    - 400GB 7200 rpm SATA Hard Drive
    - 16X max. DVD-ROM
    - Double Layer 8X DVD+RW/+R drive
    - Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS with front audio ports
    - Altec-Lansing VS3151 5.1 Speakers (6 speaker set-up)
    - 2 USB 2.0, 1 Firewire ports
    - 300 Watt Power Supply
    - 3 PCI Expansion Slots (2 available)
    - High-speed 56k modem
    - Integrated 10/100Base-T networking

    AMD Athlon(TM) 64 3700+ operating at 2.4GHz
    Total memory slots: 2 DIMM
    Front-side bus (processor-dependent) 1600MHz using HyperTransport™ technology with up to 9.6 GB/sec total processor-to-system bandwidth
    One 8X AGP slot
    256MB DDR NVIDIA GeForceFX(TM) 5500, DVI & TV-Out

    or

    Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 540 w/HT Technology (3.2GHz)
    Total memory slots: 4 DIMM
    Front-side bus (processor-dependent) 800MHz
    One x16 PCI Express slot
    256MB DDR ATI Radeon X600 Pro with TV-Out and DVI

    The big differences are the processor, front-side bus speed and video. The AMD is $40 more. This isn’t going to be a big gaming machine, some games though.( games I currently have installed and play: ghost recon, neverwinter nights, sacred, raven shield, and matrix online)
    Just looking at speed, I think the AMD is a bit better and I am leaning that way.
    Anyone have any facts or experience to help with my decision?

    more specifically, is there a big differance in running win xp pro or win xp 64 on a 64 bit proc.? to my understanding(limited as it is) theres no big advantage in running 32 bit software on a 64 bit proc.????
     
  2. LocKStocK

    LocKStocK Smokin & Jokin

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    Buy mine!
     
  3. electrickpirate

    electrickpirate pirate extraordinaire

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    do you take HPShopping.com credit cards? lol
     
  4. Buy his!
     
  5. ShepsCrook

    ShepsCrook Red Sox Fan!

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    AMD64 3700 beats that P4. Go for AMD. Support Green!
     
  6. Zedric

    Zedric NTFS Guru Folding Team

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    Afaik, the only Win XP 64-bit out (except for the pre-release version) is the one designed for Itanium (IA-64). It won't even run on the AMD 64 (x86_64).
     
  7. electrickpirate

    electrickpirate pirate extraordinaire

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    yea, i have the pre-release, 1 yr version.
    other than an increase due to processor speed and bus speed, will 32 bit apps run better cuz they are on a 64, or does the program code need to be written to take advantage of 64 bit processing?