New PC, Which one??

  chapman9 15:17 06 Jan 06

Hi all

I'm in a dilemma and hope you guys can help me decide.. Which pc should I go for?

AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 3800+ HT
Genuine Windows® XP Home
ASUS A8N_VM PCI- X Mainboard
1GB DDR 400 Memory
250GB Serial ATA Hard Drive w/16mb buffer
128MB Nvidia GeForce 6100 Graphics
19" DVI TFT Flat Panel Display
Sony 16x Dual Layer DVD Writer
5.1 Channel Surround Sound Audio

£738 inc delivery


Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor 640 with HT technology (3.20GHz, 800MHz fsb, 2MB cache
Genuine Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005
1024MB Dual Channel DDR2 400MHz (2x512) Memory
250GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive #
16 X DVD +/- RW
Internal 13-in-1 Media Card Reader
Dell E196FP 19" Midnight Grey (TCO99) Flat Panel Monitor
Integrated Analogue TV tuner PCI card
Dell A215 speakers
Dell Entry Quietkey USB Keyboard


Thanks for your advice!

  chapman9 15:18 06 Jan 06

ps... Not sure about the graphics card on the intel one (It's a Dell pc)

  mattyc_92 16:02 06 Jan 06

Depends on what you are going to use it for.....

  chapman9 16:06 06 Jan 06

it's will be used for Gaming, internet, dvd writing.

  mattyc_92 16:32 06 Jan 06

I would probably go for the AMD one, as long as you update the graphics card (it should be able to take most of the games out now, but soon wont)

  mattyc_92 16:35 06 Jan 06

But the Intel's processor is quicker..... At 3.2GHz, it would be better than the AMD's 2.8GHz (ish)

The main thing I have against the Intel one, is that it has "Media Centre" installed, and I haven't seen many Games or software that can run on this.....

  jack 17:32 06 Jan 06

the stated processor speed AMD 2.8 v Intel3,2
is not quite what it seems . It has been written that in tests the AMD is still faster - something to do with cache I believe.
I suspect all this speed business is over stated somewhat any wqay.

Take care with the Dell - Fine machines, but they do
use deicated parts MoBo's and the like - It may be, repeat may be upgreding could be a headache at some future date.
This depends on the machine spec - some of the budget ones for SOHO use simply dont upgrade now apart from memory- not many slots, integrated grphics and the like.

  chapman9 18:48 06 Jan 06

That helps alot, I would like to upgrade in the future, ie Graphics. I think I'll prob go for the AMD, i've now seen a few benchmarks and it seems faster than the intel, and dual core seems the way forward. Thanks for your comments.

  007al 03:05 07 Jan 06

The numbering on AMD chips is for a guide compared to Intel.
Theres a guide to building pcs in this weeks micromart,very good reading concerning AMD v Intel chips.
Says the £750 Intel pentium4 3.72GHz is only competetive with AMD Athlon64 3700 socket 754.
It goes on to say Athlon 64 3200 out performs the Pentium 3.8GHz at the same resolution and settings

  007al 03:06 07 Jan 06

Forgot to say,this was regarding performance in games

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