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Old 7th November, 2005, 06:45 AM
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Yep, thats a good one
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I guess that's alright. Just remember to take e-tailer reviews with a grain of salt. Slightly off topic now - when will they start branding PSU's "Crossfire compatible" or will they just genralize it with "Dual graphics card compatible" instead of "SLI compatible"?
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Old 7th November, 2005, 09:55 PM
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so even if i dont use dual core (say that all i do for like 3 hours straight is play doom 3, then exit out of that game, then just maybe watch a DVD, the exit out of that, and then maybe get back on a game, then etc) will it still be really fast such as the P4 3.4 Ghz? I guess i dont really understand too much about dual core technology. I guess waht im really trying to ask is if im only doing one thing at a time, such as playing a game, or using the internet, will it be roughly the 4.2 Ghz intel?

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The 4000+ and things aren't really acurate mesurements.
The P4 has HT so it can run quickly. I usally on my alienware run music have 2 web pages open and play BF2. Dont go dual if your playing a game. Thats a bad mistake.
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yea. im just gonna stick with the 3700+. its good for a budget and even if i decide to OC it it will provide me more than enough speed. and the difference from this to a 4000+ isnt that great, is it? its not worth the extra 120 bucks is it?
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yea. im just gonna stick with the 3700+. its good for a budget and even if i decide to OC it it will provide me more than enough speed. and the difference from this to a 4000+ isnt that great, is it? its not worth the extra 120 bucks is it?
No its not, you should be able to make up the difference with overclocking.
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Don't buy that CD drive. It's a piece of crap. That NEC drive is a Lite-on. You will hate it. Don't even think about putting anything you want to get decent transfer rates from on a cable with it.

Also, you might want to look at some other vendors. Newegg's prices leave a bit to be desired. It's more work, but pricewatch merchants can shave a LOT off that system price.
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probably shave 10 to 15% off that price if you shop somewhere other than newegg. Pricewatch is a good thing.
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Old 26th November, 2005, 01:39 PM
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Regarding DVDRWs, the best budget drive right now is the Benq 1640 or 1650. Inexpensive, great quality burns with most media, and excellent performance overall. Also, online, the best user support system available.

Everyone is burning through model numbers like crazy. NEC has gone through about 6 in the last year.... Good luck getting support on a 3 month old "obsolete" model.
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so if im only playing one game at a time on a dual core processor, the CPU will take the speed of only one of those processors instead of both of them combined?
http://www.intel.com/multi-core/inde...echnews_multi&
look on the bottom right and play flash demo
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I may give intel a shot again in my next build if they can deliver comparable multicore chips at a reasonable price. I haven't been keeping up with intel lately. Have they actually shipped multicore chips?
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yep... pentium D processors.. though i guess AMD makes better dual core chips
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