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Until I can purchase a new note/ultrabook later this summer, I have to resort to using very old parts for my everyday PC-need. The build has come along quite nice so far, but I'd like to perform some cheap upgrades so the system will atleast run CS:S in a more decent manner.

Specs now:

- AMD Athlon 64 3000+ (Venice, @1.98GHz instead of stock 1.8)
- MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum/socket 939 (@220MHz)
- 2x512MB Kingston HyperX PC3200 CL2.5
- Asus nVidia Geforce 6800LE AGP (full unlocked so GT) + Zalman VF700-AlCu
- Maxtor 80GB 7200RPM

After a little browsing I've come across some interesting and cheap CPU's to replace my crappy Venice with. Naturally I'd go for the X2, but if I can remember correctly.. 2.4GHz against 2.0 makes quite a difference in K8's performance, not to mention the use San Diego's double cache could provide..

- AMD Athlon 64 3800+ / 2.4GHz Venice or Orleans, 512KB L2
- AMD Athlon 64 3700+ / 2.2 GHz San Diego, 1MB L2
- AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ / 2.0GHz Manchester, 2x 512KB L2

What to pick for my needs?
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post #2 of 8
ahtlon 64 x2 3800+ hands down, not even a tough choice.
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the X2 3800+ is a dual core, nothing on this list will compete with it! thumb.gif
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AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ / 2.0GHz Manchester, 2x 512KB L2

if my math is correct, 2x 512 is 1mb! tongue.gif
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Also you should be able to hit 2.4-2.5ghz easy on the dual core.... as well as CS:S being a multithreaded program you will see much better performance from the x2.
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The Dual Core for sure.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Cannon19932006 View Post

if my math is correct, 2x 512 is 1mb! tongue.gif

Indeed it is, but still different from San Diego's full MB for a single thread.
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as well as CS:S being a multithreaded program

I guess that's the answer to my question, thanks. smile.gif
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I still have my old FX-60, FX-57, and 3700+ from the K8 series I need to figure out something to do with.

Any suggestions? What kind of older Valve games would run smoothly on the Dual / Single core CPUs? I even have the Zalman copper heatsinks too.

I still have an older 8800GTX too which I had paired with it.

Hmmmmm... HELP smile.gif
 
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