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Old 10-30-2005, 05:49 AM   #1
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Hi everyone,

System specs at present: 2.93 GHz P4 , Gigabyte 6800GT, 2 x 512 standard RAM (400mhz), 160gb hard disk, 775 mobo.

I am thinking of upgrading my processor and adding in another gig of RAM. People are telling me that the thing to get is a AMD 3500+, but, they also say that in 6 months it will just be the 'norm'. Therefore, I have heard talk about getting a AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+ socket 939 Dual Core 2.2Ghz 1Mb and 1Mb Cache. People say that this will last me a good few years, and as I am a gamer, it will last for games that come out for at least, the next two years. Is this true?

Also, is it worth the money if I have it? And will I see a huge improvement?

Lastly, anyone know a good motherboard I can get to be compatible with my specs and this processor?

I would really appreciate it if someone answered these questions .

Many thanks,

Amanat, 19/M/Uk
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Old 10-30-2005, 06:29 PM   #2
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Unless you play really demanding games, I believe that an Athlon 64 3000+ Venice will be fine for you. You'll still be able to upgrade to the X2 this way, and will save yourself some money.

The MSI K8N Neo4-F is a good but cheap nForce4-based motherboard.
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I will go instead towards a 3800+ or 4000+ singel core with athlon64, higher clock ratee, most games out to date still uses mostly single core, the other core just sits idle. maybe wait a little for the DDR2 controllers to arrive for AMD
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I will go instead towards a 3800+ or 4000+ singel core with athlon64, higher clock ratee, most games out to date still uses mostly single core, the other core just sits idle. maybe wait a little for the DDR2 controllers to arrive for AMD
I wouldnt get a 3800. It costs more then a 3700 and it only has the 512kb l2 cache. I would personally just go with the x2 3800. It isnt that expensive but it still performs great.
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nah, i would go with a Opteron 175 (dual core) or a 146 Opteron (single core)
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I've not heard good reviews of the Opteron in gaming.

Just go for any socket-939 Athlon 64, basically.

Get a 3800 over a 3700, cause benchmarks show added cache loses out to the increased clock.
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how about get the 3700+ and oc it like 200mhz? Its not THAT hard now is it?
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Personally, I don't believe in overclocking. It puts more demands on you, and really isn't neccessary if system performance is fine.

I say go with a 3800+. You can find benchmarks on www.xbitlabs.com or www.anandtech.com which show that the 1MB L2 Cache isn't really worth it.
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if you dont belive in ocing, then its your loss. you can spend more money on a processor while i can save more and spend it on some other stuff.
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Hi everyone,

System specs at present: 2.93 GHz P4 , Gigabyte 6800GT, 2 x 512 standard RAM (400mhz), 160gb hard disk, 775 mobo.

I am thinking of upgrading my processor and adding in another gig of RAM. People are telling me that the thing to get is a AMD 3500+, but, they also say that in 6 months it will just be the 'norm'. Therefore, I have heard talk about getting a AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+ socket 939 Dual Core 2.2Ghz 1Mb and 1Mb Cache. People say that this will last me a good few years, and as I am a gamer, it will last for games that come out for at least, the next two years. Is this true?

Also, is it worth the money if I have it? And will I see a huge improvement?

Lastly, anyone know a good motherboard I can get to be compatible with my specs and this processor?

I would really appreciate it if someone answered these questions .

Many thanks,

Amanat, 19/M/Uk
Oh my god, let me tell you that you will notice a difference if you get the new Athlon 64 X2 Toledo 4400+ from your current P4. Please do the upgrade. You can use the video card you have now and your RAM. YOu say it's a DDR400? It will fit. Your PCI-e video card will be just fine too. Here's a motherboard I recommend:

ABIT KN8 Ultra Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813127222

It's a simple motherboard that will get the job done with that X2 CPU.
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