CORE 2 DUO E4500 OR AMD ATHLON 64 X2 4400?

  Razza14 08:47 01 Mar 08
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Which procssor would be the best for gaming?

Thanks

  Colin 10:27 01 Mar 08

Hi, Razza 14.

The reviews here might help. click here

One chap says he upgraded from an X2 4600 to a E4500 with great results.

  GaT7 20:39 01 Mar 08

An E4500 C2D will overclock very well too, if you're into that kind of thing.

First get an after-market cooler like the Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro (click here / click here / click here), then a good guide & forum to help you out click here. G

  Razza14 21:18 01 Mar 08

Thanks for the replies guys! Would the e4500 with 4gb ram and a 8400 gs run cod 4 ok?

  GaT7 22:17 01 Mar 08

A 8400GS may run it but it'll be very poor. When running games of this nature, the graphics card (GPU) is the most important component - next come CPU & RAM. In addition, the speed of the GPU's RAM rather than the amount (unless you have a very large monitor) is what to look out for.

I think you'll need something like a 7600GS or better for optimum performance. A few to choose from....

Least to go for - Innovision GeForce 7600GS 512MB DDR2 PCIE click here (read one of the long reviews lower down click here) = £38.45 excl del (free del if order over £49.99)

Recommended - for only £5-6 more, the significantly better Nvidia GeForce 7600GT 256MB DDR3 PCIE click here = £43.99 excl del (free del if order over £49.99)

If you can stump up a bit more, this Nvidia 7800GTX 256MB DDR3 PCI-E click here for just under £60 delivered is very good for the money. It's on par with a ATi X1950 Pro that goes for a bit more. But if it's only for COD4, stick with one of the 2 above.

Are you going to be playing any other games? If yes, which ones? G

P.S. You can compare performance between various GPUs at click here

  Razza14 10:28 02 Mar 08

I will also probaly be playing battlefield 2 and call of duty 2 plus maybe other games when they come out.

  Razza14 10:32 02 Mar 08

I looked on ebay and found a 7600 gs 512mb for £35 would this be adequate for my games.

  Totally-braindead 15:26 02 Mar 08

Not really. I have a 7600GS and its borderline for COD4 as I've tried the demo. I had to turn a lot of the setting down or off to get it to run ok. I must say that even then it still looked good.
Assumming its PCI Express you are talking about and not AGP I would be looking for at least a 7600GT and I would check it came with DDR3 memory as some have DDR2 memory and are not quite as fast. Or a 8600GT you can get that a reasonable price.
I should point out maybe that with high graphics hungry games you will still have to lower some settings, to play some games at full settings at a high resolution you are talking about a lot of money.
My 7600GS is ok but as I said its borderline. Personally I would be looking for something like a 8600GT with 512mb RAM. That one Crossbow7 linked to the 7800GTX looks interesting especially for the price.

  Razza14 15:41 02 Mar 08

So a 8600gt would be ok to run on med settings?

  Sj67 16:29 02 Mar 08

yes 8600gt would run it fine it may even do the higehr settings you can a 8600gt for around £50-£60 from novatech. They have a wide variety.

  Razza14 16:44 02 Mar 08

Ok thanks. and what do you guys think of dell pc's i was looking at this one:

click here

the one on the left for £329 and i would also upgrade the graphics card on it. Let me know whether it would be ok for games like cod 4?

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