PerformanceBy Jason Cross | Posted 2005-06-01 Email Print
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Build It: Last year's $800 gaming PC was a bargain, but had significant compromises. This year's model is an $800 hot-rod gaming rig that offers impressive performance. What a difference a year makes!
When it comes to game performance, nothing beats an Athlon 64. We wanted to keep an eye on the future, so we made it a point to go with a Socket 939 CPU rather than socket 754. The latter socket format is on its way out, while Socket 939 will be around for a long time to come. We'll use the price for a boxed processor, and use the generic CPU cooler included in it.
This is by no means the top of AMD's Athlon 64 line. It runs at 1.8GHz and has 512KB of L2 cache. At under $150, it really does deliver some great bang for the buck. Down the line, you'll be able to replace it with a dual-core
|Product:||Athlon 64 3000+ (Socket 939)|
|Pros:||Great bang for the buck; Socket 939 allows easy future expansion.|
|Cons:||Only 512KB of L2 cache.|
|Summary:||Great for games, but down the line you’re going to want to move to a dual-core CPU.|