Jump to content


 


Register a free account to unlock additional features at BleepingComputer.com
Welcome to BleepingComputer, a free community where people like yourself come together to discuss and learn how to use their computers. Using the site is easy and fun. As a guest, you can browse and view the various discussions in the forums, but can not create a new topic or reply to an existing one unless you are logged in. Other benefits of registering an account are subscribing to topics and forums, creating a blog, and having no ads shown anywhere on the site.


Click here to Register a free account now! or read our Welcome Guide to learn how to use this site.

Photo

Dual or Quad for me?


  • Please log in to reply
5 replies to this topic

#1 andru

andru

  • Members
  • 42 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Local time:09:15 AM

Posted 24 January 2009 - 11:51 PM

Hey guys i'm building a new computer and not shore if i want a dual or quad core atm
I could get a dual AMD Athlon 64 X2 7750 AM2 Black Edition $145 or a quad AMD Phenom 9950 Quad-Core Black Edition AM2+ for $275 so that future games will be good. Right now I won't be playing many of the new games but i might end up say 2 years down the the track. Tell me what you think and how much of a diffrence it'l make I'm playing some MMORPG's, Counter Strike source atm and will be playing GTA4 and maby COD4.
Here is my build:

Power
Corsair VX-550 ATX Power Supply 120mm fan PCI-E Graphics Card Connector 6 SATA Connectors Universal $136

Mother Board:
ASUS M3A78-PRO AMD 780G DDR2 1066Mhz $158
9950 is 140wats i'm pretty sure my mobo can take this.

Processor:

AMD Athlon 64 X2 7750 AM2 Black Edition $135 (Originally)

OS: Linux 64bit or VIsta 64 bit

Hard drive:

Western Digital 640G 7200RPM SATAII $99

GFX CARD:
ATI HD4670 ICEQ PCI-E2.0 1G $160

RAM:
Corsair TWIN2X2048-8500C5D 2GB $76

Cheers guys

BC AdBot (Login to Remove)

 


#2 DJBPace07

DJBPace07

  • BC Advisor
  • 4,869 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Local time:07:15 PM

Posted 25 January 2009 - 03:31 AM

If you want to futureproof yourself go for the quad even though few current games make use of all four cores. Some very old games, like The Sims 2, can use only one core so you are, in that case, limited to the clock speed of the processor. Nothing runs GTA4 very quickly, for that you need not only a good processor but also a very good video card with plenty of video memory if you want to enable high end effects. BTW, the Phenom II edition of AMD's quad core processors are better processors all around. I suggest you consider either the Phenom II 920 or 940. I also suggest that, unless you are comfortable with WINE, you go with Vista 64-bit in order to ensure greater compatibility with games.

3939.png

 


#3 Wildabeast

Wildabeast

    Bleeping Lurker...


  • Members
  • 1,253 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Nebraska, USA
  • Local time:06:15 PM

Posted 25 January 2009 - 04:37 AM

Yeah, what he said...

I always figure to get the most recent and best I can afford because it won't take long before it goes obsolete. I built my computer 4 1/2 years ago and it was pretty much obsolete within 6 months. So go for the biggest and best you can afford and it won't be obsolete as soon...
"The nine most feared words in the english language, 'I'm from the government, and I'm here to help'..."
Ronald Reagan

#4 Vaerli

Vaerli

  • Members
  • 582 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Local time:04:15 PM

Posted 25 January 2009 - 08:09 PM

When i went for my computer at the beginning of last summer, I decided it was worth the extra 60-70$ to get the quad core. It just allows you to get more power in general, and for converting videos, i'm betting it does go twice as fast.

I don't know if a 150$ difference would be worth it though. Anything under 100$, probably.

Q6600, 4GB g-skill, 8800GT, P5N-D motherboard
Posted Image
My art


#5 andru

andru
  • Topic Starter

  • Members
  • 42 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Local time:09:15 AM

Posted 26 January 2009 - 04:14 AM

Cheers guys
Yer DJPace i'll prob stick with vista then, and the Phenom II 920 is like $375 and the 940 is like $425 way to much to jump to. I only wanted to chuck in the extra $130 for the quad if it was worth it and sounds like it is(it's the same speed but just 2 extra cores).

#6 DJBPace07

DJBPace07

  • BC Advisor
  • 4,869 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Local time:07:15 PM

Posted 26 January 2009 - 04:12 PM

Ouch, I forgot you're in Australia where the prices are more, in the U.S. the 920's are around $200 and the 940's are about $40 more. I say go with the 9950, it has a good clock speed and you can easily overclock it since it's a Black Edition processor.

3939.png

 





0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users