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Athlon 64 3700+ or Athlon 64 X2 3800+?

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im planning on upgrading my computer and i would like to know whats better between the two?
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well, the x2 has dual cores and 2x 1mb. l2 caches. I would go with the x2 cause its more future proof. Although the 3700+ is more overclockable, get the x2
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X2 would be way more efficient as of now and depending on the stepping, the 3800+ overclocks pretty well.

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post #4 of 11
Now the 3700SD is better without a doubght unless you are using something that can efficently use 2 cores.

In the future with more multi threaded programs the 3800 dual core would be much better.

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The dual-core CPUs are great for multitasking. You can burn DVDs, run iTunes, Firefox, and play games all at the same time with little noticable slowdown. The dual-core CPUs are also great for multimedia processing where the programs are made to take advantage of a multi-core CPU. Games are just starting to take advantage of multi-core processing. Quake 4 just released a new BETA patch for people running MCPs, some people experience as much as a 30% increase in FPS. If you don't plan to use your computer for heavy multi-tasking or multimedia processing, your best bet is to get the 3700+. Keep in mind that games are just, just starting to become multi-threaded, so I'll let you decide wether or not to concider that.
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Well, as long as you OC that 3800 to 2.2GHz (which I pretty much guaranteed, that is a tiny overclock) it would be as fast if not faster than a 3700+ even in single threaded apps. By my best guess you should get about 2.4GHz out of that system with the 3800+ so it would be about as fast as a 4000+ in single threaded apps and much faster in multithreaded apps (like Windows XP! lol or more realistically like Unreal 3 engine based games and any game that is "optimised for Hyper Threading"
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Win XP is multi threaded? I didnt know that >_>...
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Ya, I totally agree me Remonster, you'll be able to overclock that CPU really well. You can hit 2.6Ghz with a little bit of effort, a good stepping, and decent cooling.
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Originally Posted by Crazy Drummer69
Ya, I totally agree me Remonster, you'll be able to overclock that CPU really well. You can hit 2.6Ghz with a little bit of effort, a good stepping, and decent cooling.
Agreed. The x2 3800+ overclocks pretty well for a dual core. It will be much more future proof as someone else said, and will run multi thread apps much faster. I vote for X2.
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Originally Posted by jilano29
im planning on upgrading my computer and i would like to know whats better between the two?
Depends on when the next upgrade is after this one. If you like to upgrade often, then I think it's wise to go with the 3700 and semi cheap ram, since the next machine will be a different socket and also DDR2. It all depends on your buying habits.
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