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Would like to know what you'd think is the most performance beneficial option with the following system (not that it's slow, far from it i just like spending money to make it better)....

Getting X2 4800 1MB Cache & overclocking the bugger to around 2.7Ghz

or

Getting a 2nd 7900GT and going SLI

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post #2 of 18
Get the dual core, you will still be using it one year from now and more programs will be multi threaded by then. The card would be a waste because I know you are going to want a DX10 card by then.
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post #3 of 18
GET A CONROE SYSTEM INSTEAD!
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Get another PSU and see if you can push another CPU in it, else get the San Diego core instead on that 3800+.
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post #4 of 18
THe GPU would be better immediately. But some of the newer cards will be as strong as that :S
I'd get the X2 then upgrade to the new G80 cards...
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THe GPU would be better immediately. But some of the newer cards will be as strong as that :S
I'd get the X2 then upgrade to the new G80 cards...
Smart man.
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post #6 of 18
Due to the release of DirectX10 supporting Graphic Processing Units (GPU) within the next few weeks it is logical that you do not purchase another DirectX9 card, and instead pursue a DirectX10 hardware design (nVIDIA GeForce 8800GTX for example).

I would suggest you choose the processor as your next upgrade path, especially as DirectX10 supports high level SMP (Symmetric Multi-Processing)
post #7 of 18
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Why are you guys talking about DX10 GPU's? I couldn't care less about them i simply want to know what's more beneficial out of the two options lol

Is the X2 4800 going to show me any significant improvement over my 3800+ venice @2.7Ghz?
 
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post #8 of 18
If you think the world is going to end in the next few months then get the other stinky dx9 card, if you want to have better support for the future than get the CPU, the difference in the CPU would only be noticable in certain apps. I suggest an opteron 165 or 175 over the 4400+ they OC better from what I've heard.
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post #9 of 18
I am inquiring about the DirectX10 hardware as out of those two options the graphics card will bring the most benefit.
However a DirectX10 card i.e. nVIDIA GeForce 8800GTX will be faster than both of those cards in SLi

I am attempting to try and save you money, while generating a decent increase to performance.

As to your question, yes it will show a significant increase to performance in a variety of applications that support SMP in full or partial mode. Some applications that are single threaded will show small performance increases
post #10 of 18
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Well considering i only built this system just before the AMD price drop (yes i know, the pain is slightly easing lol) it would be kinda dumb to go DX10 with an already powerful card. Besides DX10 gpu's would probably get bottlenecked by all AMD CPU's available at present.
 
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