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Athlon 64X2 5000 Black Edition vs. Core 2 Duo E6600

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by paul06660, Jan 17, 2008.

  1. paul06660

    paul06660 New Member

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    I am currently in the market for a new CPU.
    The most important factor is Price vs. Performance.
    I have found 2 very powerful CPU's that I would gladly put in my next build.
    The AMD Athlon 64X2 5000 + Brisbane and the Core 2 Duo E6600.
    I plan on building an ATI Crossfire setup of Dual 3870's.
    I found that the AMD chip is New on Ebay for $100:D
    I found the Intel E6600 used on Ebay is $175-$200. Brand New on Newegg its $235:eek:
    Last week I built my first AM2 system on a X2 4000+ and the system went together perfectly with 2 gigs of DDR2 800. Entire build without HDD was $305. Very, Very fast compared to my trusty P4 3.0E 478.:toast:
    I have been reading the bench's and charts on Tom's Hardware and I find that the differience between the 2 is very little, kinda like the 3870 vs. the 8800GT 512. Big price differience, little performance differience. Especially in 3dmark and Sandra.

    Is the E6600 really all that more powerful to make it worth the $200+?:banghead:
    I know that the AMD will overclock to 3.0 easily as well, probally putting it up there with the E6600.:pimp:

    I need some advice from you people who have more first hand experience. Thanks.
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  2. tkpenalty

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    E6600 is EOL. The equivalent now is the E6750. The BE is good, however if you want to be more practical, since you are overclolocking the E6750 is a better choice. However, I would recommend against using Tom's hardware as your baseline of judgement for this kind of stuff. I'd recommend to purchase a E6750 instead of the 5000BE, but thats up to you. Remember with the BE, you NEED a cooler for it.
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  3. Wile E

    Wile E Power User

    Oct 1, 2006
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    If you plan on overclocking, Intel Core2 is the way to go. To be honest, even an E2200 would be better than a 5000+BE if you plan to overclock.

    The limiting factor in buying a good Crossfire/Intel setup, is the mobo prices. An X38 board is a must for maximum Crossfire potential, and they are pricey (Mine cost $280ish). But that can all be avoided if you buy a 3870X2, as it's a 3870 Crossfire, but put on one card. Then you can buy a much cheaper, yet extremely overclockable P35 board. I suggest the DFI Blood Iron if maintaining a budget is a concern.
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