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CPU Selection

Discussion in 'Nvidia' started by Damon, Feb 9, 2005.

  1. Damon

    Damon Guest

    I'm building a new system and I'm trying to decide on a particular flavor of
    Pentium 4. I plan to run WinXP Pro with a GeForce 6600GT graphics card.
    Since I'm concerned about stability, low heat and low fan noise, I'm
    considering a 2.4GHz Northwood with an 800MHz FSB. Will I really be losing
    that much 3D game performance, from a practical standpoint, by not going
    with a faster chip? I'm not planning on overclocking the CPU but I assume
    that the 6600GT will compensate for the CPU anyway. I will also be using an
    Intel 865PERL mobo and a gig of dual channel PC3200 RAM. TIA
    Damon, Feb 9, 2005
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    Ed Light Guest

    The Athlon 64's with an nvidia motherboard will give the best game
    performance for an nvidia card.

    The Intels will give the best video rendering performance -- where you've
    composed a digital movie and it is exported to a file or DVD.

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    Ed Light, Feb 9, 2005
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    dino Guest

    how can a video card compensate for the CPU when the data is travelling thru
    the CPU to the videocard? The machine will only be as fast as you make it.
    You should still have good graphics but there is a possibility the CPU will
    be a bottleneck.
    dino, Feb 9, 2005
  4. Both are on the good side of average so it should give results on the good
    side of average
    Iain Dingsdale, Feb 9, 2005
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    Anthony Guest

    best bang for the buck AMD 64.
    Anthony, Feb 9, 2005
  6. Damon

    First of One Guest

    A faster Northwood will give you better game performance. Something in the
    2.8-3 GHz range would be a good match for the card. The video card will not
    "compensate" for the CPU; they perform different tasks in a game.

    AMD64 is a better value in games. However, the P4's Hyperthreading makes a
    very noticeable difference when multitasking, even for office work.
    Unfortunately, even hardcore gamers spend more time on the desktop than in
    games, so it's something to consider.
    First of One, Feb 9, 2005
  7. Damon

    Damon Guest

    "Compensate" is probably not the best term for my question. It just seems
    that newer games can place more of the workload on a graphics card than
    older games could, so I suspect that going to a 3 GHz P4 would not result in
    a 25% frame rate boost even though it's 25% faster (at least for the latest
    games). OTOH 2.4 GHz seems fast enough for older games anyway. Correct?
    Damon, Feb 9, 2005
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    Damon Guest

    In cases where the video card isn't the bottleneck, that is.
    Damon, Feb 9, 2005
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