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I am intending to buy one of two computer systems I have seen within the next few
days. I need some help. Firstly, I’m not so concerned with which processor is better. I’m sure the AMD will out-perform the Intel. What I am concerned about is future proofing myself as regards to the system as a whole.
Here are the benefits of the Intel 550 system:
PCI-Express motherboard with an ATI X800 XT video card (PCI-E slot).
AMD FX 53 system:
64-bit (also with a similar video card from nVidia - AGP)
I want the best of both worlds but of course i cant since the Intel isn’t 64-bit,
and the AMD system doesn’t have the PCI-e architecture.
I have a few questions which may help me make up my mind, and would be grateful if you could help.
1. When Intel release their 64-bit processor, will it use socket 775? (This way I can easily upgrade the Intel 550 processor with the 64-bit one, and keep the existing motherboard)
2. Are there any motherboards that use the PCI-E architecture for the AMD FX 53
processor? If not, is there likely to ever be any such motherboard for the AMD?
Thank you in advance.
Gaming and office work, but i wanted to make sure I get the best computer to cater for my future needs also, i.e Windows 64-bit, maybe even longhorn, since I intend to spend £1800 i want to keep the system longterm.
the architecture of the fx53 is so that it assists the graphics card in games as all the fx** athlons are.
haven't seen any athlon boards just yet with pci-x but they are on the way ( believe one is due for release by one of the mobo makers in a week or 2).
dont know much about intels latest range of CPU's ( haven't used intel since pentium 2 days ) but with PCI-X the graphics card is twice as fast as AGP 8x. also believe that when a 64 bit CPU is released by intel it will be a different pin arrangement again but it would be best to look at intels site for more info.
i would choose the athlon but i always would, not just the speed but the price. top end pentiums are roughly 20+% dearer than athlons.
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