Pentium D 2.6Ghz, HONEST evaluation

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by combatcolin, May 16, 2006.

  1. combatcolin macrumors 68020

    combatcolin

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    AS money is tight after moving up the property ladder {3 bed semi :)} i havn't been able to buy the G5 Powermac that i'e wanted since they were released.

    And now im onto wondering how powerful the Intel Powermacs will be.

    Anyway, the prices of Dual Core Pentiums seem to have come down a lot, with a semi decent spec Dual 2.6Ghz at around £300.

    Now people, without the normal pro Apple bias, how good are the Pentium Dual Cores?

    I want one mostly for WOW and watching HD movie clips, the rest of the stuff is plain vanilla PC tasts - not very CPU intensive.

    Had a look at the Mini,

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=199616

    but decided its not for me, naff GPU and limited memory upgrades.

    Many Thanks
     
  2. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    You want serious gaming, you'll pay the price of the Mini for the video card alone... NV7900GTX CAN$650
     
  3. combatcolin thread starter macrumors 68020

    combatcolin

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    Just WOW, maybe the Sims on a computer.

    neither that demanding compared to Doom3, HL2 etc, F.E.A.R etc.

    Everything else xBox/GC variou other consoles.
     
  4. miniConvert macrumors 68040

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    The Pentium D's are fine, just hot/inefficient. They still pack plenty of punch and the 2.6 will more than meet your needs. Of course, a semi-decent graphics card and some RAM is also important.

    I'm all for it.
     
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  6. combatcolin thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Thanks, should have a budget of £400, so i'll plump for a better CPU cooler and silent fan, even the cheapest PCI Express card works well with WOW.
     

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