Originally Posted by bryman31
i guess im looking fo a cool processor thats stable my intel is awesome but i was kinda thinking it was time for change??
Well, since Intel launched their Core 2 Duo CPUs a few months ago, they beat anything AMD has to offer. However, that upgrade involves upgrading your RAM to DDR2 also, and you'll be looking at around $650 or so for a CPU/MOBO/RAM combination.
Let us know how much you're willing to spend on this upgrade. I think there are the following options:
- Keep your current RAM, get a DFI Lanparty Ultra D (non-SLI) or the DFI LANPARTY nF4 SLI-DR (SLI) and a good dual core socket 939 CPU, like The Duke suggested. The AMD Opteron 165 would a really good choice. In this case, we're talking about $300 - $350 total
- Go AM2, with the DFI LP UT NF590 SLI-M2R/G an a AMD Athlon 64 X2 4000+ CPU combined with good DDR2 800 RAM, like the G.Skill DDR2 800 HZ 2GB kit. Total will be around $700
- Or, the best choice, get a Core 2 Duo. Here Asus rules, with the P5B Deluxe (limited Crossfire/SLI) or the P5W DH Deluxe (better Crossfire/SLI) combined with an E6300 and the same "]G.Skill DDR2 800 RAM. Here also, we're talkign about $700 - $750. However, there are cheaper boards that overclock really well also.
Socket 939 is obviously the cheapest, since you can keep your current RAM. However, no further room for future upgrades. AM2 performs on par with socket 939, but is upgradable to future technology like the K8L and AM3. By far the best performer is Intel Core 2 Duo, at about the same cost of AM2. This one is also pretty upgradable, at least to the Quad Core Kentsfield.