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I'll probably be upgrading my computer soon as my birthday (last one with the family ) approaches and I need a little advice, assuming prices stay about the same.

The best-performing AMD processor out there at the moment is undoubtedly the X2 6000+. The good thing is that I already have a decent motherboard with the right socket and everything, so I would have lots of money leftover for other upgrades (like possibly a move to a DX10 card). However, it seems as if a lot of people are "making the switch" to C2D as if it's some sort of right of passage...but that would involve buying a new motherboard.

Let's assume right now that I'm going to have $500 to spend on either an X2 6000+ and an 8800 GTS KO, or a decent C2D with a decent motherboard (either DFI or Asus). Which would be better?
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I was going to talk about future proofing, but here's the thing:

I don't know if/when Intel will move on to another socket. It sounds like their new architecture will be coming out in the next few months. I don't think a new socket will come out with it, but it's possible.
As for AMD sockets, it doesn't matter any more. Right now they have AM2 and are planning AM2+ and AM3. All of those sockets are compatible with one an other. I.E. If in 3 years you buy an AM3 processor, you will be able to put that in the board you currently have. It may lose some functionality, and won't be able to utilize DDR3, but you can still use it.

So for the "Future proofing" approach, it's almost better to stick with AMD. You can keep the same MOBO and RAM for a while while still opening your self up to a number of different processors.

If you want the best bang right now, right here, I'd still go with the AMD and 8800.

Finally, Option 3: 8800 GTS and WaterCooling..... The processor you have can do X2 6000+ speeds, just may need a little bit of work and some better cooling.
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post #3 of 8
Well looking at your other specs it says you have a stock HS-fan so you must not do much over clocking and buying an expensive motherboard is pretty much only useful if you plan on over clocking, cause most of the more expensive ones have extensive over clocking options compared to cheaper models.

Although I'm not sure on American prices, in Australia i can get a decent motherboard with PCIE and support for all C2D's for around 130-150. So about 110 for you maybe and then the C2D E6550 is quite a nice price for performance and since they run cool, you can OC with the stock HS-fan a little bit. Then maybe if you wanted DX10 go for a 8800GTS 640 or 320 MB which would put you over 500 but if you can scrape up a bit more cash, would turn out to be a very nice upgrade.

Hope this helped

EDIT: sorry i looked at your GPU cooling, but i think the C2D, mid range motherboard and 8800 would still be nice.
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Haha yeah I'm like "um, GeminII anyone?" (just added the second tricool today, actually) but yeah, I've overclocked my 3800+ to 2.4Ghz and I'm content with the performance increase. I could probably coax another .4Ghz out of the thing with some water cooling like ae804 said...but I'm not too hot about buying brand new cooling only months after getting a GeminII.

I think I'm going to go with the 6000+ sooner or later, and use the rest on an 8800 GTS KO or possibly a GTX...maybe the prices will drop.
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I went to C2D for a while and honestly to say...Al performance increase you will see is with Benchmarks! In Games they end up being equal except if you compare it to a quad!

If I could recommend you a upgrade it would be either be a 5600 because they overclock past 6000 x2's speeds and then with a dx10 card you won't really need more then the 320mb GTS atm and you can also go SLI later on which will be faster then a single gtx
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Originally Posted by shifty22123 View Post
I went to C2D for a while and honestly to say...Al performance increase you will see is with Benchmarks! In Games they end up being equal except if you compare it to a quad!

If I could recommend you a upgrade it would be either be a 5600 because they overclock past 6000 x2's speeds and then with a dx10 card you won't really need more then the 320mb GTS atm and you can also go SLI later on which will be faster then a single gtx
I am pretty much in agreement with this. Get the highest level Brisbane you can afford 5000+ or maybe the BE-2350 (supposed to be amazing overclockers because of the lowered TDP) and an 8800GTS. Which you get depends on what resolution you game at.
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I think I'm going to go with the 6000+ sooner or later, and use the rest on an 8800 GTS KO or possibly a GTX...maybe the prices will drop.
The x2 6000+ is a great proc to get. Of note there is a fair amount of cases of people easily cranking x2 3600+'s up to x2 6000+ speeds. However I am not sure quite how common it is.

Also, about the gpu, unless you want an overclocked card underwarranty dont bother getting an oced card as you get charged for something you can do yourself. If you want an overclocked card under warranty try and find xfx cards with their double lifetime warranty which allows you oc the card as much as you like and still have it under lifetime warranty.
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I say stick with amd!
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