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Old 11-30-2008, 03:31 PM   #1
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Talking AMD Athlon X2 64 vs. Intel Core 2 Duo

Hi, I'm trying to find parts for a new build, keeping it relatively cheap. I'm looking at processors from newegg and wondering: is there really a big difference between these two processors? The Core 2 Duo is $70 more than the Athlon...is it really worth it?

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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115132
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-210-_-Product

Also, What is the difference between the 5200 and 5000? It seems the 5000 is not as good as the 5200, yet more expensive.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103211

Sorry for so many scattered questions, I'm very curious about this stuff
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Default Re: AMD Athlon X2 64 vs. Intel Core 2 Duo

The Intel Core 2 Duo is an overall faster processor than the AMD X2. If your going for performance, it would be the one to get. The AMD is a good consideration in price/performance if you're on a budget.

The only real difference is that the 5200+ is a bit faster, all other specs are the same. I really don't know why it's $3 cheaper.
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id go for the core 2 quad at the moment its like 140
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Default Re: AMD Athlon X2 64 vs. Intel Core 2 Duo

Thanks, that helps in my decision making. Say I'm getting the AMD 5200, is this a good combo mobo to go with it, or is it junk?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.141508
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id go for the core 2 quad at the moment its like 140
where?
the only price i see is $170.
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That's a good combo. I have the Gigabyte MA790FX and it's a great board.
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Thanks, that helps in my decision making. Say I'm getting the AMD 5200, is this a good combo mobo to go with it, or is it junk?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.141508
thats a good combo

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It looks good, but the reviews are saying it has heat issues and loose heat sinks. Anyone know anything about this?
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thats all BS. i have AMD and theres nothing wrong with the clips or nada
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Out of 238 reviews, I only saw a few complaining of loose heatsinks. Heat could be an issue in a case with poor airflow.
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