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dude, that's so far between and rare it's sickening. It required alot of volts for that.....the 3800 is trash.

Back to topic, the 170 is the better option.
If you see the 170 cheap, find out if it's "OEM" which means it doesn't come with its stock heatsink for cooling. If it's "retail" it comes with the stock sink.
Usually OEM are cheaper because it's ONLY the chip that you buy.
But it looks like you have aftermarket cooling, so you should be good to go..
If you are going to be gaming with this new chip, you shouldn't buy it, the 3700+ you have now is more powerful in games. If you want this chip for other reasons like multitasking and video editing, etc.....then the multi core is the way to go.
Make sure you tell people that OEM offers 0 warranty, though. It might matter to some.
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Make sure you tell people that OEM offers 0 warranty, though. It might matter to some.
Not to worry, I know the differences between OEM and Retail.
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Not to worry, I know the differences between OEM and Retail.
Just wanted to make sure because it's different with processors. OEM offers no warranty, but AMD gives 3 years on retail.
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Just wanted to make sure because it's different with processors. OEM offers no warranty, but AMD gives 3 years on retail.
Cheers dude, appreciate it.

So, getting back to the subject at hand.

Would I be best just doing my original idea and hanging fire for the AM2 ? By that time I could have around £1.5k to play with, maybe more.

If thats the case, just need to find myself a cheapie GPU to replace the one I broke
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I would stick with replacing the video card...you can get a good 6800GS thats the same performance for $200. Then save some cash for the future upgrade that probably isn't far off.
I just think you would be disappointed with the results of the dual core if you are gaming...
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I would stick with replacing the video card...you can get a good 6800GS thats the same performance for $200. Then save some cash for the future upgrade that probably isn't far off.
I just think you would be disappointed with the results of the dual core if you are gaming...
Aye, well my first idea had been to wait for the new AM2 socket and just get a new card because I didn't have the money, but my xmas bonus from where I work was more than I had imagined and have more than enough to get a CPU, GPU, water cooling and RAM.

I think I will bite the bullet and put the money into a different account so I dont get tempted to spend it and just get a new GPU.
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post #47 of 56
buying computer parts is such a grey area now adays, if you are waiting to upgrade you always be waiting, CPUs and Graphics cards go out of date so quickly, anyways my 3800X2 was a good OCer (although I wanted 2.8), but I hear that the X2 series arent OCing that well now, although I believe the 3800was the best OCer, the X2s I think all have 2x the L1 cache than the Opty, although I dont know what the performance means, games are going to be multithreaded very soon, so for now dual core is the way to go until the next big CPU change ....in a few months prob....I would go with the 170Opty due to the OCing and stability...sorry so long
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post #48 of 56
I buy once a year, so i dont "future-proof" myself, I buy whats best currently and overclock the nutz out of it. By the time dual core's are going to be integrated into graphics, the prices will be so cheap, then that's the time you want to buy. Or there will be much better equipment to choose from.
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post #49 of 56
in computing there is no such thing as "future proofing" and when those prices on dual cores get so cheap, there will be a newer much better CPU to replace the cheap cost X2, there truly is no best time to buy, Once a year upgrading def seems pretty safe
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post #50 of 56
well, people call it future-proofing....i dont do it. If I was in a tight money situation, I would probably buy something that I know would have to last me for years, but I'm not in that situation ..
My next purchase will be a dual core, but probably a year from now....3.0 clocking duals on air is my next mission. I wish I had a 170 or a 175 right now to play with
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