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hi everyone i know this is the old age old question but i have to ask it.

Which processor should i buy?

My last upgrade and i am still running 2X 1500 athlon mp cpu's on a tyan tiger mp mobo. With this in mind please remember i am very out of touch with what has been happening and what is the latest hype in the processor world.

I have recently embarked on a phasechange cooling system project for the fun of it but it really is pointless if im going to stick it on what i have. So i have decided to upgrade. I still dont know whether to buy AMD or INTEL let alone which AMD's or INTEL's lol. Basically i dont have a vast fortune to spend but i do want something pretty decent. I want to be able to make a phase change system to cool the cpu and hav a cpu worthy of that kind of cooling. I also want to get into overclocking because i haven't done any oc'ing before. With this in mind what processor can i overclock the most? I have been looking at opterons they seem to be the thing a lot of people are talking about but how do these compare to the athlon 64 range? Can i overclock the newest athlon64 fx-60 or does it not overclock as much as an opty?

please can someone please give me a few idea's on what they would do if they were making a new system or what their dream system would be.

Also can some people give me some value for money options compare to top spec and max overclock ability as well please.

I know this is a lot to ask but i thought if i could get a good response anywhere it would be here. Thanks in advance.
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whats your price range though?
    
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3700+ is probably your best choice. Priced around 210 , its a great processor for anyone. If not so expensive, you can grab a 3200+ venice core for 120ish.
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the x2 dual core 3800 is a nice proccesor for oc'ing and anything above that..so is a 3700 those are pretty nice too
    
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whats the deal with these dual processors? is a dual core 3ghz cpu 2x1.5ghz in one chip or 2x3ghz in one chip? is a 3ghz single core faster than a 3ghx dual core? how does it work. i have 2x1.5 ghz cpu's meaning i have 3ghz of power but can only achieve a max of 1.5ghz clock speed is it the same with dual core?
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get an cheap x2 instead of going for single core if you can afford it. even a low end dual core will bring notable performance over a similar single core.
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dual core Opteron 170
I managed 280x10=2.8ghz (+40% form stock 2.0) @1.44v
they have 1 meg of cache per core
I really like it since I love being able to run Adobe Audition, Photoshop, WIndows Media, AIM, and a virus checker all while burning a CD @ 52X
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post #8 of 31
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ffire is getting my vote so far any comments?

what about clock speeds intel seem to be higher than amd but amd seem to have a higher fsb

whats the best opteron?

whats this intel conroe all about as well?
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are xeons any good? or should i stay away from intel?
post #10 of 31
Stay away from intel until conroe comes out. Even though the clock speeds are higher the speed frequencies differ a lot, so a 2.0 amd would really equal like 3.6 intel or sumtin. Also, i still think the 3700+ is the best choice. Barely any programs or games have taken advantage of the dual cores.
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