Pentium D 2.6Ghz, HONEST evaluation

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
 

CanadaRAM

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combatcolin said:
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.
You want serious gaming, you'll pay the price of the Mini for the video card alone... NV7900GTX CAN$650
 

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.
 

combatcolin

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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.