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Ok, so i have a nice little sandy 3700+ that pulls 3GHz, but its been a year and I can feel the single, lonely, core struggling with the newer application/games. So, just as a hypothetical question, assuming I sold my 3GHz sandy and bought a used x2 3800+ (the price differential shouldn't be that much), and assuming I can the get 3800 to OC to about 2.5-2.6GHz, how much performance increase would I see?

Any speculations (that is not totally unfounded)? Anyone who had both?

Oh btw, i'm a little tight on cash at the moment so "just get a conroe" won't work since I have to get a new motherboard and a new CPU.

EDIT: oh if you have another cheap replacement recommendation, like an opty, i would like to hear them.
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it really depends on the application. you will definitely notice a big performance difference when multitasking, but other than that it depends on if the games are ABLE to take advantage of multicores. Then again, I sold my Pentium 650 and bought a Pentium D 930 and noticed a huge difference in certain applications.
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If you multi-task, the dual core should make a difference. If not, not worth the effort. If you do go dual core, make sure you go with a 939 socket X2 (of course), and finally, yes.......the Opty 165 would be your best bet. The DFI mobo would need a bios flash / upgrade (most likely if your bios edition is prior to 8/05) for dual core support.
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3800's OC to 2.7-2.8 usually, i say go for it, since you dont have enough $$ for a new rig, this should be a nice upgrade
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What about gaming? Newer ones like Oblivion, RS: Vegas, etc that have multithreading built-in.

And yes, I am looking at the opty 165's with particular interest...

EDIT: BTW, TheSubtleKnife, do you know what stepping x2 you have?
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Quote:
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What about gaming? Newer ones like Oblivion, RS: Vegas, etc that have multithreading built-in.

And yes, I am looking at the opty 165's with particular interest...
My single core sandy runs Oblivion at top settings with my GTS without lag or bottlenecking. No need to upgrade for me, well, not until KUMA anyway. Quite happy now.
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u could get a 4200+ amd x2 dual core for like 10-20 bucks more

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103747
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I think its LDBFE...its the same as the opty's coming from the egg theese days...its at 2.9Ghz orthos stable...3Ghz 3dmark stable
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Quote:
Originally Posted by lookitsharis View Post
u could get a 4200+ amd x2 dual core for like 10-20 bucks more

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103747
The 4200 isn't a socket 939, so he'd need a new mobo and also ddr2 ram, but now only has ddr.
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My single core sandy runs Oblivion at top settings with my GTS without lag or bottlenecking. No need to upgrade for me, well, not until KUMA anyway. Quite happy now.
What res? My gts runs oblivion at 1280x1024 with everything maxed except AA (4x AA i think), the fps are in the 'okay, it's playable' but not great. Sometimes it slows a bit with alot of enemies though. Oh, I have alot of mods that increase the graphics too, so...

Maybe I'm just imagining the problems with my sandy... But still, dual-core is here and the extra core is starting to matter now...

All the newer games have multi-threading support, but how effective are the optimizations?
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