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Hey all, at the moment I have a 3700+ San Diego. I want a new HDD (only partially relevant). ATM newegg.com is running a deal for a FX-55 and a 250GB HDD for $209.

My question is, is the FX-55 going to give me more performance than my SD or is it going to end up the same in the long run? I see most of the SD 3700+ with my stepping hitting 2.9 pretty easy. Since the FX is the same core, is it going to be the same story? Or can it go higher?

If there is going to be little to no difference, I'll just buy a new HDD by itself...
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post #2 of 18
i got the same stepping as u. well yea its gonna give u higher overclock since the multiplier is unlocked... meaning u can go up or down with multiplier. to me, i'd rather get duo core for an upgrade in the same price range.
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I'd say overclock what you've got, and spring for the new drive.
    
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Agreed. Get a HDD, and if you feel the urge to upgrade your CPU, I'd go dual core with an Opty 165 for $160 on the 'Egg
    
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If I can get my Sandy to 2.8 or 2.9, would it be worth it to get the Opty 165, as suggested? How high can those OC on air?

PS: I game a lot!
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I've been fighting with myself too. Just stay strong and buy a HD.
    
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post #7 of 18
A good stepping Opty 165 can hit 3.0 also on air. Just depends if you're lucky with the stepping. Even a 'bad' stepping should see something like 2.6 - 2.7GHz though.

Only a few games support dual core right now, but you'll be a bit better prepared for the future. If your goal is just to run what's out now, just keep what you have.
    
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post #8 of 18
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Ya although I game quite a bit, I usually am not playing the absolute newest games out, mostly stuff that is a few months old and the blackhole that is WoW. I'm thinking in 6-9 months it (the dual core) might be a good upgrade if the 4x4's aren't extremely pricey. I see no reason to go to AM2 just yet.
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post #9 of 18
Ok. I'd get the HDD then, and keep what you have.

I'd wait until at least the second generation DX10 cards before you make a more substantial upgrade

What video card do you have now
    
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post #10 of 18
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lol, that's exactly what I was thinking!

(don't know why my spec info got all mangled)
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