amd 3.2ghz or intel 3.0ghz quad core

June 8, 2009 at 13:15:11
Specs: XP
Need to upgrade my system as either my mobo or psu went up, most parts are pretty old so i'm getting a new setup.

Will be:
9800gt (512 i think, already have this)
2x2gb 1066 ddr2

For the cpu it's either the amd 3.0 or 3.2ghz or the intel 3.0ghz quad core. I know the intel has a faster fsb then the amd 3.0, but how does the amd 3.2 compare to the intel? The intel is a lot more money, but i'm wondering if I could get away with the amd 3.2 for the same kind of performance?

I'll be doing plenty of multitasking, photoshop, and gaming so I definitely want a quad core. Once I decide on the core i'll pick out the mobo and psu

Oh and i'm not planning on overclocking anything.

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June 8, 2009 at 13:37:46
In most applications, the 3.2GHz Phenom II X4 955 performs slightly better than the Core 2 Quad 9550 (2.83GHz), but not quite as well as the Q9650 (3.0GHz)

However, when it comes to Photoshop, the Core 2 Quads and Core i7s leave AMD far behind.

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June 8, 2009 at 14:37:33
"I know the intel has a faster fsb then the amd 3.0"

AMD doesn't use a FSB & hasn't used it since 2003.

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June 8, 2009 at 15:50:37
Well I was misinformed then about the fsb, thanks for the info.

Looks like the intel is the way to go for what I do. My dad who is a big tech guy said all I need is a dual core, I see the e8600 is one of the fastest cpus for PS. Which would be better for gaming, the quad 3.0 intel or the e8600?

Is it likely that games will take more advantage of quad cores and therefore make a 3.0 quad faster then a 3.33 dual in the next few years? I expect this build to last about 4-5 years.

Just noticed the e8500 is $80 less then the e8600 and not a whole lot slower, might actually go with that one in the end.

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June 9, 2009 at 14:54:53
And to follow up on Jams statement on FSB. Intel's latest Core i7 cpus doesn't use FSB either. FSB is slowly getting phased out by Intel. AMD hasn't used the FSB method since the Athlon XP processors.

If you are looking at games and intend on keeping this system for 4 or 5 years then quad cores are the way to go, because quad cores will be used in a lot of mainstream apps within that timeframe.

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