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Well i am hopefully getting a new rig soon and im looking at these cpus

X2 4200+ 2.2GHz 512MB L2 $364 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103547

x2 3800+ 2.0GHz 512mb L2 $301 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103562

4000+ 2.4Ghz San Diego 1mb L2 $334 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103529

3800+ 2.4GHz Venice 512mb L2 $282 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103531

I will maybe just overclock its just .2 max not a big overclocker

Is dual core a really big difference in gaming?
Do single core even out a dual core if its .2Ghz more?.....just a few n00b questiong because im not familiar with dual cores at all

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Right now, single cores still have the edge, but this year the game engines are going to start utilizing dual core procs. And when applications can effecitively utilize them, the perfmormance increase is dramatic, just check out a few dual core vs single core benchmarks and both basic and multithreaded programs. Dual core procs are much more future proof imo though.
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If you are a gamer, I would buy single core....dual cores aren't used yet in games, and when that happens, it makes sense THEN to get a dual. If you only want to overclock 200mhz, then I would consider at least overclocking to the limit of default voltage. No harm in that, free speed without touching any voltages..
Get the 3700 san diego and save some cash...you will probably get to 2.6-2.7 on default volts..
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post #4 of 14
get the x2 3800+ and overclock it.
post #5 of 14
Totaly agree on x2 3800. Maybe today there aren't so many games that use the second core, but in a few months I bet things will change.
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post #6 of 14
I disagree with the X2 3800 as the cache is not all that since the L2 is only 2x512 I would look into the Opteron 165 granted it is only a 1.8 ghz but has 2x1mb L2 cache for only $20 more at mwave.com and have read a lot of reviews on how well the Opterons O/C over the AMD64 X2s Plus the stock voltages on the opterons are 1.3-1.35v to where the x2 3800+ is 1.35-1.4v stock...which is not much but does give a hint more head room....as many have gotten to 2.0+ ghz on stock voltage with them so in return is a little faster than the x2 3800+ cause it has the higher cache...
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Originally Posted by tytlyf
If you are a gamer, I would buy single core....dual cores aren't used yet in games, and when that happens, it makes sense THEN to get a dual. If you only want to overclock 200mhz, then I would consider at least overclocking to the limit of default voltage. No harm in that, free speed without touching any voltages..
Get the 3700 san diego and save some cash...you will probably get to 2.6-2.7 on default volts..
I got to 2.8 with default volts, and 3.1 with vcore of 1.6. The 3700 is a great processor.
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Is it just me, or does it seem completely ignorant to expect someone to buy a seingle core now, and then in a couple months buy a dual core. I assumeif he had enough money to do that he would say to hell with it and buy an FX-60. Buy the dual core even if you are a gamer.....future proof (@ least for a couple years). It's completely rediculous to buy a single core now and a dual core later. Forget the 4200+, not worth benefit over 3800+.
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Originally Posted by HardwaterH4ck3r
Is it just me, or does it seem completely ignorant to expect someone to buy a seingle core now, and then in a couple months buy a dual core. I assumeif he had enough money to do that he would say to hell with it and buy an FX-60. Buy the dual core even if you are a gamer.....future proof (@ least for a couple years). It's completely rediculous to buy a single core now and a dual core later. Forget the 4200+, not worth benefit over 3800+.
I agree with going single core now is a waste of money. Since even games are going to be using dual core tech sooner than later...That is why I suggested the opteron it too is a x2 just has more L2 for about $20 more. And very easy to O/C...
post #10 of 14
I say go for the x2 3800+ same core as the 4200+ just a lower multi. Single cores are on the way out.
     
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