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building my first e4300 system to upgrade the x2 4400 in my sig.

I temporarily have 1gb of DDR667 mushkin ram in it and the proc to 3.0ghz stable.

My 3dmark06 scores with the x1800xt are pretty weak. (~5000)

My question is, what do you think my 3dmark06 scores would be with 2gb or 4gb of ram? Does 3dmark06 even care if you have 1gb or more? I would have thought not, since most games dont care so much about ram as they do video memorey, which my x1800xt has 512mb of.
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My score went up by 100points from 1GB Single Channel > 2GB Dual Channel. So, no ram makes no difference at all.
 
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then I must ask... why o why did I build this e4300 system? My x2 4400 at 2.7ghz and my x1800xt do 5000+ in 3dmark06.

Will 2gb of "faster" ram help you think?

I am at 1:1 ratio, so im a little confused
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If you went from 1 GB DDR2 667 to 2 GB DDR2 800, I imagine the difference would be noticeable in your score. However, the x1800s, as good as they are, aren't really suited to 3DMark06 as well as x1900s and above are, so your score will reflect that.

And about "upgrading" to an E4300, I was about to ask you the same thing... The difference in almost everything other than Super Pi and a few professional editing apps is marginal to say the least. If you had upgraded to an E6600 or higher, you may have noticed more of a difference. However, the difference between a high end K8 and a low end C2D will be very small. Heck, the X2 6000+ and higher can compete with an E6600 in most benchmarks, so going from a chip that's nearly up to the clock speed of a 6000+ and switching to a low level C2D... I'm not surprised you're a bit jaded with the situation.
    
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3dmark is a horrible system benchmark because all it does is check the graphics card. You can have a Q6600 processor, 4 gig of ram and a 8600 gpu and it would get slaughtered by someone with an 8800gts and X2 3600
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It's not PC mark. It's a gaming benchmark. My x1950xt got about 5900 in 3dmark06 with a Opteron 165 and 1GB of Ballistix
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That's why the test is 3dMark, not PCMark
    
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5000+ doesnt seem that wrong becuase i have 2 x1900's and i only got mid 7000's and somtimes 8k. Now with my gtx i get 8.5k but i am cpu limited i belive.
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3dmark is a horrible system benchmark because all it does is check the graphics card. You can have a Q6600 processor, 4 gig of ram and a 8600 gpu and it would get slaughtered by someone with an 8800gts and X2 3600
But that's how gaming is. A system like mine with an 8800GTS would perform better in games like Oblivion, FEAR, STALKER, etc than a Q6600 and an 8600.
    
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post #10 of 10
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Then what is the CPU score in 3dmark06?

I see... I built this system with the intention of replacing my main/gaming rig.

The x1800xt is the best video card I have right now. I guess its not worth taking down my raid0 on my x2-4400 machine so i can replace it with an e4300 @ 3.0ghz.
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