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Would like to know what you'd think is the most performance beneficial option with the following system (not that it's slow, far from it i just like spending money to make it better)....

Getting X2 4800 1MB Cache & overclocking the bugger to around 2.7Ghz

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Getting a 2nd 7900GT and going SLI

JeanTech Artic 600Watt PSU
AMD Athlon64 3800+ (Venice) Processor @ 2.7Ghz
Zalman 9500CU-LED CPU Cooler
ASUS A8N-SLI Premium Nforce4 939
2x 1024mb Corsair Dual Channel DDR400
Nvidia GeForce 7900GT 256MB PCI-E @ 560Mhz/1600Mhz
Zalman VF900CU-LED GPU Cooler
2X 160GB Samsung SpinPoint SATA2 3.0GB/S [RAID-0 Array]
1x 200GB Samsung Spinpoint SATA2 3.0GB/s [BACK-UP]
Creative SoundBlaster Audigy2 Platinum EX
Logitech X-530 70W RMS 5.1 Surround Speakers
NEC DVD-RAM Dual Layer DVD-RW +/- Drive
33in1 3.5" Internal Memory Card Reader/Writer
Saitek Eclipse Gaming Keyboard
Saitek 1600dpi 6 Button Gaming Mouse
19" Dell Flat CRT Monitor

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Get the dual core, you will still be using it one year from now and more programs will be multi threaded by then. The card would be a waste because I know you are going to want a DX10 card by then.
 

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GET A CONROE SYSTEM INSTEAD!
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Get another PSU and see if you can push another CPU in it, else get the San Diego core instead on that 3800+.
 

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THe GPU would be better immediately. But some of the newer cards will be as strong as that :S
I'd get the X2 then upgrade to the new G80 cards...

Smart man.
 

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Due to the release of DirectX10 supporting Graphic Processing Units (GPU) within the next few weeks it is logical that you do not purchase another DirectX9 card, and instead pursue a DirectX10 hardware design (nVIDIA GeForce 8800GTX for example).

I would suggest you choose the processor as your next upgrade path, especially as DirectX10 supports high level SMP (Symmetric Multi-Processing)
 

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Why are you guys talking about DX10 GPU's? I couldn't care less about them i simply want to know what's more beneficial out of the two options lol

Is the X2 4800 going to show me any significant improvement over my 3800+ venice @2.7Ghz?
 

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If you think the world is going to end in the next few months then get the other stinky dx9 card, if you want to have better support for the future than get the CPU, the difference in the CPU would only be noticable in certain apps. I suggest an opteron 165 or 175 over the 4400+ they OC better from what I've heard.
 

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I am inquiring about the DirectX10 hardware as out of those two options the graphics card will bring the most benefit.
However a DirectX10 card i.e. nVIDIA GeForce 8800GTX will be faster than both of those cards in SLi


I am attempting to try and save you money, while generating a decent increase to performance.

As to your question, yes it will show a significant increase to performance in a variety of applications that support SMP in full or partial mode. Some applications that are single threaded will show small performance increases
 

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Well considering i only built this system just before the AMD price drop (yes i know, the pain is slightly easing lol) it would be kinda dumb to go DX10 with an already powerful card. Besides DX10 gpu's would probably get bottlenecked by all AMD CPU's available at present.
 

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What is the fastest overall chip for 939 excluding the FX60?
 

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Well considering i only built this system just before the AMD price drop (yes i know, the pain is slightly easing lol) it would be kinda dumb to go DX10 with an already powerful card. Besides DX10 gpu's would probably get bottlenecked by all AMD CPU's available at present.

Looks like you had you mind made up before you started this thread
. Good game.
 

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it would be kinda dumb to go DX10 with an already powerful card.

The power of the card, in relation to processing power, is irrelevant to my arguments. Granted it is far more powerful, however that not what I'm on about.
Upgrading to DirectX10 hardware will allow you to play DirectX10 games on Microsoft Windows Vista. This will also allow you to play DirextX9 games at higher speeds that your current configuration can do obviously


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Besides DX10 gpu's would probably get bottlenecked by all AMD CPU's available at present.

Correct to a degree. Applications like 3DMark06 will be, however games like Tomb Raider and Red Alert will not be
 

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The power of the card, in relation to processing power, is irrelevant to my arguments. Granted it is far more powerful, however that not what I'm on about.
Upgrading to DirectX10 hardware will allow you to play DirectX10 games on Microsoft Windows Vista. This will also allow you to play DirextX9 games at higher speeds that your current configuration can do obviously


Correct to a degree. Applications like 3DMark06 will be, however games like Tomb Raider and Red Alert will not be


You pwned us.
 
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