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I'd stick with your current hardware and simply buy an opteron 170 if you're going to overclock or buy an X-2 4800+ if you're not going to overclock. The conroe WILL NOT GIVE YOU A BETTER GAMING EXPERIENCE CONSIDERING THE PRICE YOU'LL BE PAYING TO GET IT. If you haven't clicked the pimpage link from Binormalkilla DEFINITELY read the link in my signature regarding bottlenecks. Also, take a look at the Half Life 2 link as well since it's relevant to what you're asking (it's on the Source Engine).
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Pick up a X2 3800 Toledo for $70. I replaced my 3500+, and the performance increase was awesome for the price!

If you go Conroe, you're gonna have to pay around $350-$400 in upgrades. 5-6x more expensive than getting a X2...but not nearly 5-6x more powerful.
    
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post #23 of 28
My 3800x2 MASSIVLY bottlenecked my x1950xt 256mb in css, even though I was running at 1600x1200 res with all settings maxed.

I would suggest getting a e6600 or a q6600, depending on budget.
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For gaming, C2Ds can be matched in most instances by an OC'ed or high end X2. Sure, you 3DMark06 may be 500 points lower, but you'll only be losing like 5-10 FPS, if that, by getting an AMD instead. AMD + high end video card > C2D + Mid Range video card for gaming, and that's an absolute fact.
    
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an e2160(85$) and a gigabyte DS3(100$) is a great upgrade, the e2160 will usually oc to like 3.6ghz.
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A lower end core2 with a aftermarket cooler and high overclock would probally be the cheapest way to get a really good CPU. Honestly, an AMD at 3 GHz just doesn't quite cut it.
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Originally Posted by Crazy9000 View Post
A lower end core2 with a aftermarket cooler and high overclock would probally be the cheapest way to get a really good CPU. Honestly, an AMD at 3 GHz just doesn't quite cut it.
How do you figure that? I'm yet to find a game where my CPU is the thing holding me back...
    
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post #28 of 28
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Thanks guys! I think I'm going to get the 6000+, afterall, I'm an AMD boy. And the two did merge, so I'm sure there will be some consumer benefit from that. And it's cheaper. As for the motherboard and ram, yeah, I know. I'll wait for December to roll around, and collect my birthday and christmas earning ;P

Until then, I'll just run crysis on low
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