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friend to stick with 939 or go am2?

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my friend has a little extra cash ($138 to be exact). should he upgrade his 939 system, or go am2? he likes the battlefield series and he wants to play crysis. should he get a cheap am2 matx board with 2gb of value ram and one of those new 2.2ghz single core athlons, or get another gig for his 939 setup, a sata 2 hard drive, and an athlon 4000 (single core)?

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asrock dual sata2
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athlon 3000
old 40gb ata100
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Does his motherboard support the X2's and OC decently? The jump from an Athlon 3000, to say, a Opty 175 would be a pretty good jump. Check your PM.
    
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I'd say have him get another 1GB kit of RAM, a DUAL CORE processor, and a better GPU. The jump to AM2...he wouldn't notice the difference, there's no reason to make that jump unless going Phenom.
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I agree with Pioneer. He should keep his eye out for any hard-to-pass-up offers on an Opteron or other DC 939, and possibly save another $20 for a 9600gt (possibly by selling the 7600gt). That would give him a fairly kick'ss rig without breaking the bank.
    
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