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Along with a few more components because my games aren't running smoothly enough Oblivion isn't as fun with the occasional minute long breaks half way through a fight. So, yes, load times are too long, but I can live with that - it's the bits where there's no obvious reason for it dropping to 6 frames a minute that's really bugging me. I did find a background running bit of software that could cause it, but I disabled that and the reduction wasn't as good as I'd hoped.

Also my computer occasionally restarts under load. I think it's memory instability, and for a modest improvement in this behaviour (i.e. the bugger doesn't do it EVERY time I try to have a game) I've had to switch it down to DDR333. Which is below spec, and TwinMOS doesn't give a damn I'm neither happy, nor a bunny.

So anyway, I was thinking of going dual core, if none of you recommend waiting for some reason, because I'm going to want to upgrade from s754 anyway, and multitasking has its appeals.

I can get an AM2 Athlon 64 X2 4400+ for a reasonable price, but it's OEM, so I'll need a cooler (and to give you an idea of how indefinite my budget is, I was originally thinking under £100 is what I want to go for for the proc - ha).

The plan is that I keep my PSU, drives, graphics card and, regretfully, my case. I hate my case. I had to take a big stick and a mallet to it to fit in my PSU. But it's one area where I can save a little, and I have a 120mm fan to keep it fairly cool.

That leaves a mobo (needs to be cheap but reasonably good), a gig of DDR2 and a CPU cooler.

So could any of you wonderful, brilliant people out there advise me on the whole thing? Even if it does begin 'Wait for...'
Couple of things, though - I'm not really a fanboy, but I have some fanboy tendencies in that I won't buy intel if I can help it, so please don't suggest it, even if it is more future-proof, and currently better.
Also - I'm in England, so Newegg's no good to me, I'm afraid. Though I suppose it might do as a guide.
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The sempron won't cause problems like that - it's probably your memory. Not only is it too small but it appears to be having errors. Trust me the sempron is a good processor, I built my cousin a solid gaming rig with one and it plays all the new games out with no lag at all. Just get new ram and I'd say you're good to go.
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You reckon? That would save me lot, but I'd have to get a single 1gig stick of RAM, 'cause my second memory slot doesn't appear to work (and ASRock don't care about that, either ) and then I'd be annoyed about not being able to use it when I do get around to upgrading to AM2 (and I will because I like to have decent stuff).
Anyhow, my friend said the cache was a bit on the small side, and, well, at 128k, I have to agree with him.
But I know the memory is enemy no.1.
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The small Cache only makes your memory that more critical. Get a decent 2x512MB kit and you should be set. Problem is it actually would be cheaper to upgrade your processor as opposed to your memory if you kept the socket 754 setup. A decent kit will cost you around $110 USD, but prices should be coming down in the near future. At least that is what they are predicting, so it may pay to hold out if you can. The value of the memory is not likely to decrease that much, and by the time you go to AM2 you will be able to recoup most of your money on eBay or something of that sort.

Edit: Guilty on not reading closely, get a decent 1GB stick then. It will not be as good as a matched pair of 2x512MB, but it will still be a vast improvement.
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I'd suggest running memtest86 (google) and testing for errors. It could be that the timings are too tight for the clock. Don't clock downwards. Set the CL to 2.5 and see wha happens. Then memtest again.
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Bumber, sounds like you meed to move on and up to a new MB/CPU/RAM. If it wasen't for the RAM slot issue, I'd say get more RAM.

BTW, with a reasonable MB, an AM2 X2 3800+ OCs rather well.
    
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If you want to keep it cheap get the biostar Tforce. It is a GREAT overclocker for the price. Got my cousin's sempron 3100+ to 2.4ghz stable, but was limited by the PSU from going any further.
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