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i'm so lost when it comes to AMDs. all their stupid code names and part numbers confuse the hell out of me. if you are Socket 939, you can do a simple processor upgrade to something like this

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103037

that's only $80. make sure you hear from an AMD dork before you do anything though

EDIT: if cpu-z says you're Socket 754, i do believe you're out of luck.
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thanks for all the help guys...so I think i'll save some money and just get a new processor and upgrade to 2gigs of ram?...

if this is the wisest decision for me please jump in the thread and help me out, I'd really appreciate it.

but earlier in the thread there was talk about "C2D" can anyone inform me about what that is?
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Also what socket do you have it should say in CPUZ somthing like AM3 940 or 939.
    
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like i said, if you are Socket 754, i wouldn't put another dime into it. if you're Socket 939, you can do a nice upgrade to that dual core i linked you to for only $80.

if you end up having to buy a new motherboard, go for an Intel Core 2 Duo (C2D). they're they best processors out right now.
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yep its socket 939....is there anything better if i drop 20-50$ more?
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yep its socket 939....is there anything better if i drop 20-50$ more?
http://cgi.ebay.com/AMD-Athlon-64-X2...QQcmdZViewItem

This is what you want right here... the chip Mr.Bungle linked you to was actually a 2.4ghz single core.

The reason why dual core is so important for you is that the video card drivers for the last year or so have been multi-threaded, effectively removing any bottleneck you may have with that card. Find another stick of ram for cheap and you are good to go. Upgrading to C2D or AM2 would give you very little improvement from just dropping a new cpu in the mobo you have right now, and the 7950 isn't enough of a beast to require anything more than the cpu I linked you to.

edit: The suggestion I made would cost you somewhere around $130-150 total. Upgrading to AM2 would cost around $220, and upgrading to C2D would cost around $320 if you went for the E6xxx series. There would be maybe a 5fps difference between an E4300 and an AMD 3600+, so it is up to you whether that is worth $100.

For instance, I got an AMD X2 3600+ for $70, Biostar Tforce 550 mobo for $50 open box, and 2gb Corsair ram for $110. After you sell your current components you could be about $120 out of pocket total for upgrading to AM2, or $220 for basic C2D.

So actually now that I think about it, upgrading to AM2 would cost you about the same as upgrading your current system once you sell your parts... that is what I would suggest for best price to performance ratio. If you are serious about spending $300-500, then by all means upgrade to C2D. Be very aware though that with that vid card the extra money spent on going C2D will give you little to no frame increase, so IMO is wasted.
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Also if you whant you could OC that 3800 x2 and get even more power out if it can make your current rig last even longer.
    
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is this the same thing? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103052

and is this worth the extra cash.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103053

..very close to a decision guys, I have to say this board is VERY helpful and I really appreciate all your help.

btw, my ram is 2 sticks of 512, so I guess I'll have to be buying new ram all together instead of just another stick. Is there any recommendations on brand? I want some good quality fast ram that would keep me happy for a while..
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is this the same thing? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103052

and is this worth the extra cash.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103053

..very close to a decision guys, I have to say this board is VERY helpful and I really appreciate all your help.

btw, my ram is 2 sticks of 512, so I guess I'll have to be buying new ram all together instead of just another stick. Is there any recommendations on brand? I want some good quality fast ram that would keep me happy for a while..

That 4200 is exactally the same as the 3800, but clocked a tiny bit higher. It isn't worth any extra money. The next better one would be a 4400+ x2, which have 1mb cache I believe.

If you want to try overclocking, you could get an opteron 165, those seem to do very well overclocked.
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In your current situation I would strongly recommend upgrading to a cheap AM2 mobo, a 3600+ X2, and 2 gigs of value DDR2.

I'm not necessarily saying not to go C2D, but I honestly don't think it would be extra money well spent. Being that you could switch to AM2 for the same out of pocket as upgrading your current 939 system I would just go to the new socket, that way you have a future upgrade path.
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