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I never knew that when I built my PC that I would do things that put a stress on the "oh so powerful A64 3500+" that I would need a dual core, but now is the time to upgrade. I find myself with 10 msn messenger windows open, and a few yahoo ones, windows media player running, all while browsing newegg and downloading napster tracks.

Well, I need to get an X2.
I was looking at the 4400+ ideally, while it has a slower bus speed than the 4600+, it has twice the cache, and it should be no problem to mildly overclock to 2.6Ghz, all while being $133 cheaper.

4400+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103546

4600+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103545

Now for the Problem

My crappy motherboard was made before the X2 came out, so I dont know what to do. Obvioulsy I will have to flash the BIOS, which I have never done before, so could you guys tell me how to do that for and Abit AN8?

Of Course the alternative, is an opteron, which is cheaper. But lets take this one BIOS flash at a time.

-FlaKing
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post #2 of 11
just download the nwe bios file from Abit's website and follow the directions either on their website or in your mobo manual. If Abit doesn't have a way to flash in windows you will probably need a floppy drive to do it.

one thing to pay attention to is that some newer bios require you to run new chipset drivers, which you will need to update before you flash the bios.
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post #3 of 11
4400+ for sure, the extra 200MHz speed is not worth it at all if you have to deal with half the cache, my bro has the 4400+ and it is amazing. But um, none of those things you said are CPU intensive at all so I don't think a dual core is for you, maybe more RAM, though a dual core never hurts
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i say the 4400+ x2 is a very nice choice, but with the $1** you save just get a dfi board..very nice for oc'ing which looks like you plan to do, and theres forums like crazy on those board ifyou ever have questions.. ex: www.dfi-street.com or this website. =] hope i helped -trey
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Well inevitably im going to upgrade to 2GB of ram. what the point of a dual core cpu be with 1GB of ram anyway? I have noticed slowdown with my top of the line 1GB ram, so i think im just gonna go dual core.

soloz2- it would make sense about new chipset drivers, becuase the componens have to communicate with the seperate cores. thx
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OMG you can run that much at once, i cant even run windows media 3msn's and one browser without slowing down, i cant really even run windows media without slowing down, ohh man does my cpu suck or what.
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no offense, but maybe you should hijack this thread and call it your cpu upgrade lol.
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make sure you have your "page file" set correctly for your computer...if you dont, I would give that a shot first to see if you notice a performance increase...if you have 1 gig of memory, set your page file to 1536 (initial, and max)
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make sure you have your "page file" set correctly for your computer...if you dont, I would give that a shot first to see if you notice a performance increase...if you have 1 gig of memory, set your page file to 1536 (initial, and max)
what? n00b here.
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to set it, go here...

Right click "my computer" select properties
Click advanced tab, select Performance "settings"
Click advanced tab, go down to virtual memory and select "change"
In window, select Custom size, then put in 1536 for both fields. (that's if you have a total of 1gig of memory)
Click "Set". then exit..
I would recommend cleaning your hard drive after this, run "disk cleanup" and Also Disk defragment.

See if that makes a difference.
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