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Right now I'm running my rig listed below at 2.4ghz and prepping to rebuild it with a Athlon 3700 San Diego on an Abit AV8 mobo I've got kicking around. I'm planning on a serious case mod, nothing pretty, just planning on optimizing the air flow with a bunch of fans in my old case. Going to do some serious ocing. So my question is, with my agp 1650 and the 3700, will I see some a decent improvement on my fps in games like Oblivion, Stalker, ArmA? They run reasonably, but not as purdy as I'd like them to be - have to tone down the texture quality to get decent framerates and I get a lot of stuttering on my 3200.
The other option I've been considering is picking up an Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe mobo and a Diamond Viper Radeon x1950 Pro. Also considering shopping around for an Opteron 185, but not too sure I want to tap my wallet that much just yet.

So will I be able to get some decent gaming out of the 3700/x1650agp or will it be so minimal I should consider springing for the PCI-E board/card?
Some sage advice for a budding ocer on a budget is appreciated!
    
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I have an ASUS EAX1950PRO and I love it. It runs pretty good. I can run max settings on FEAR and get 40+ FPS
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Id say get a dual core, my opty 170 only ran me $115 us and is 3.0 almost stable at 1.425, still testing as I type this.
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you'll notice a little bump with a faster processor... maybe as much as 10%... but the real increase will be from the new video card...
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This Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe would support an Opteron cpu, eh? I'm thinking I'm going to go ahead and order the Diamond Radeon card and see how the mobo kit runs with my 3700 san diego and then decide if I want to pick up a dual core cpu.
    
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The A8N32 will run an Opty single or dual core.
    
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Well I just threw down $415 for the mobo and vid card, credit cards are fun! Now I'm considering parting with another $200 for an opteron 180...
    
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The great scientific converson of plastic to silicon
If only that worked with lead and gold
    
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