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What kind CPU Single or Duel and What Parts replace/upgrade?

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January 31, 2006 5:03:39 PM

I'm not sure what best for me in pirces for long time without need to upgrade? So here is

my homework, so what kind of CPU should I buy? Single or Duel? I read about Duel having

problem with some games, but no problem future new game, I think, Here's most game I'm

playing, "Stronghold 2", "X-3 The Reunion" "Civilization IV", "The Sims 2", "Morrowind",

Future is Oblivion, Dragon Age, Hero's Might and Magic 5 (I heard Beta said bug but it's

dose not come out yet!), Spore,ect...Will it work on older game like (Cool

Storyline)Baldur's Gate,Neverwinter Nights(Bah!) Age of Empire rise of rome, ect, of

coures very rarely or never go back to my old game though, only newer, hehe. So should I

pick Duel over single CPU? I dont know, I'm heavy gamer like most everyone here. So

here's list of CPU,


AMD Athlon 64 4000+ ClawHammer 1GHz FSB Socket 939 Processor Model ADA4000ASBOX - Retail
Model #: ADA4000ASBOX $355.00


AMD Athlon 64 4000+ San Diego 1GHz FSB Socket 939 Processor Model ADA4000BNBOX - Retail
Model #: ADA4000BNBOX $334.00

AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+ Toledo 1GHz FSB Socket 939 Dual Core Processor Model ADA4800CDBOX

- Retail
Model #: ADA4800CDBOX $635.00

AMD Opteron 180 Denmark 1GHz FSB Socket 939 Dual Core Processor Model OSA180CDBOX -

Retail
Model #: OSA180CDBOX $795.00

And here's Motherboard

ASUS A8N5X Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Model #: A8N5X $85.99

Yeah, I couldn't find better motherboard with pirces and people who buy those has no

problem 5 star out of 5 in newegg.com

Here's Video Cards

SAPPHIRE 100149 Radeon X1900XT 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - OEM
Model #: 100149 $519.00

Here's Memery Card

OCZ 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Unbuffered Dual Channel Platinum

System Memory Model OCZ4002048ELDCPE-K - Retail
Model #: OCZ4002048ELDCPE-K (two in total is $479.98 so all together is 4 GB so I can

forget about upgrade in future)

Here's my old Computer system (about yearly) but only Problem is I got yellow Screen but

not often, just few time, I guess, unable to solve it, no Tv nearly by and plug real

good. So in case you dont know.

Here's my old computer's System

(Motherboard is SOLTEK SL-K8AN2E-GR Socket 754 NVIDIA nForce3 250Gb ATX AMD Motherboard -

Retail
Item #: N82E16813180061
AMD Athlon 64 3000+ Newcastle 800MHz FSB Socket 754 Processor Model ADA3000AXBOX - Retail
Item #: N82E16819103486
CORSAIR ValueSelect 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Unbuffered Dual

Channel Kit System Memory Model VS1GBKIT400 - Retail
Item #: N82E16820145440
Radeon ATI 9800 Pro 256mb
Windows XP Professional Version 2002 Service Pack 2

So all of them from newegg.com but I warning you I dont support newegg or trying to tell

people, because mostly I pick newegg.com because it's cheaper pirces mostly parts in USA

and mostly importants I can read People who own it in reviews, this is great, unlikey

other site, if you think it's out there better deal and problem-free parts on other site,

by all mean, I'm happy to check its out,

Yeah, I did pos about it but that's Post fully build new computer but costly money but

this post is replace some of my system/ or upgrade, of coures. (Hope no one flame me.)
January 31, 2006 5:18:10 PM

If you are a heavy gamer, then I do not see the need for a x2 .. I mean, it is unlikely you will be gaming and converting video at the same time.

IMHO, Duel processors for home PC's is just a marketing gimmic.. unless you are going to run a couple of heavy apps at the same time, I do not see the point. Generally, when you play, you shut down all other apps anyway.
January 31, 2006 6:01:42 PM

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If you are a heavy gamer, then I do not see the need for a x2 .. I mean, it is unlikely you will be gaming and converting video at the same time.

IMHO, Duel processors for home PC's is just a marketing gimmic.. unless you are going to run a couple of heavy apps at the same time, I do not see the point. Generally, when you play, you shut down all other apps anyway.


I disagree; you could move all your processes to the second unit while gaming. I don’t game, however if I did I would want to move monitoring software (TSRs), large ripping projects and the like to another processor while I game. There are also hints in the market that some games will be coming out later this year with multithreading while there are patches to current games to take advantage to newer processors. And if you have the money, why not :) 
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January 31, 2006 6:32:13 PM

Also, new games are going to support multithreading and spread the tasks to both cores instead of just using one.

Thus increasing performance drastically.
February 1, 2006 4:59:19 AM

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Also, new games are going to support multithreading and spread the tasks to both cores instead of just using one.

Thus increasing performance drastically.


This is correct. The OP mentioned wanting to play Oblivion, and that is going to get a massive boost from multicore processors. Also, there's a few older/current games which support it. I can remember UT2k4 and Morrowind (very limited) off the top of my head. Most games currently being developed will be supporting dual/multi cores, like UT2k7.

I should mention that any game being ported from (or will be ported to) the Xbox360/PS3 will support multicore processors since those console systems both have them.
February 3, 2006 6:08:15 AM

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This is correct. The OP mentioned wanting to play Oblivion, and that is going to get a massive boost from multicore processors.

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I should mention that any game being ported from (or will be ported to) the Xbox360/PS3 will support multicore processors since those console systems both have them.


Amen

Fritz
February 3, 2006 8:22:54 PM

ive been runnnig dual CPU PCs since 2001. Never had ANY problems with games that related to multiple CPUs.

In general i find that dual cpu systems while more expensive up front will last you Much longer than a single cpu will.
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