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AmD 64 bit 3700 Vs P4 northwood 2.53

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How do these compare. I never experienced AMD before.. but i hear good things. I want to upgrade from my Pentium 4 Northwood 2.53 GHz to maybe a AMD 64 3700 for the time being and then maybe dual core in the long run? I need something farely cheap, is the 3700 a good choice at 213 ish?
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or should i go to the 3800 dual core for a little under 100 more?
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That 3700 is significantly faster than a 2.53 northwood. They overclock very well too apparently, if you are a gamer then I'd urge you to stick to a single core for now since not many games take advantage of dual core technology to make it worth your while.

Be aware though that AMD are releasing their new socket in June, they plan to move their current line up of cpu's onto socket AM2 so any newer developments in cpu performance will be happening on that platform.
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that will be more expensive though wont it.. if i upgrade now i dont plan on doing it for a while
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As long you're aware its happening thats fine

Moving to 3700 will mean access to a PCI-E interface for the graphics card. Access to the latest graphics cards will matter more over cpus if your priority is gaming.
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yea i just want to upgrade .. i want to sell my current Intel system and get something faster. Do you have any info on AM2 and what will be different?
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AM2 will use DDR2 so you'll have to ditch that 2gb PC3200 you have. Only other major developments in the foreseeable future are minor optimisations and introduction of lower fabrication cpus (65nm, so lower temps and lower voltage leading to higher overclocks and possibly cheaper cpus due to the smaller size).

The 3700 should have some years of mileage for sure anyways, then switch to dual core when the industry has plenty of applications that take advantage of it.
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or should i go to the 3800 dual core for a little under 100 more?
i think some ppl dont understand.... dual core is NOT for games in some cases it LOSSES fps rather then gaining it. How ever one may ask "why is dual core more money" well on that note it is a TON faster at compiling code or encoding video. So if you do a lot of coding or encoding movies the dual core would be an good choice but if you just want to play games and only do little to none of coding/video work get the 3700+. Remember you need to get a new motherboard when switching from intel to amd.
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Yeah, but future games will use Dual Core, so maybe you should future-proof yourself....

Intel Dual Cores are a lot cheaper, the PD 805 is at $150. It sucks, but is great for overclocking. If not, the PD920 is good too, around $250. They are cheaper, but not as good as the AMD's. You will need new RAM anyway, but if you decide to go AMD, you can still keep your old RAM, it will work fine. Tests show that DDR2 doesn't help the AM2 processors that much, so Socket 939 should still be around for a while.
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Single Core all the way.

OC higher

Faster Stock Clock Speeds

Cheaper

Faster and more stable for gaming

Also to the video encoding point, dual core isn't necessarily faster. If you are doing video encoding "and" something else at the same time, then the dual core will give both operations equal power, but if you are, lets say ripping a dvd or whatever, a the faster clocked chip will be quicker. Dual core benefits dual (or more) operations.
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