im looking into building a new computer and dont know what is better for the money. im looking at the semptron 3400+ basically because i can get it shipped and everything for under 120$ but it is a s754 and i read that there is not much support for that socket.
with the athlon 3000+ it is a s939 and i know that there is a huge upgrade option for the future but i would not be upgrading for like 2 years or so. now back to where i start and that would be what would be my best choice since they are both about the same in price.
Personally speaking, the 3000+/939 has great OC potential. I’ve OC my system to the speed of a 3700+. Just based on that I would go 3000+/939, adding in the obsolescence factor only adds to that recommendation. But! In order to get the most from OCing you also need a good MB to go with it. You probably want to go with an NF4 chipset; a basic model will do the job. And then there is RAM to consider, if your upgrading you probably want to consider a Dual Channel kit. Generic is ok, my CORSAIR ValueSelect work nicely.
i have a 2500+ right now and i dont overclock so the overclocking would not be a factor and i would not be upgrading for atleast 2 years or so.
what is the difference between the two cpu's other than the cache where the semptron has 256 and the athlon has 512?
One of the biggest differences is the socket type, 939 vs. 754. The 754 is obsolete already, the 939 still has a few good years left. If you spend the money on a 754 MB you will probably end up buying an AM2 CPU/MB and DDR2 Ram in 2-3 years. If you buy a 939 you will only need to upgrade the CPU in 2-3 years.
"Sempron is a budget CPU, Athlons are better than Semprons, get the A64 3000+."
true, I would too, as the A64/3000+ could prob easily OC another 200 or even 400 Mhz if a 90nm core, but...
At stock clocks, the Sempron 3400+ might just keep up with the 3000+ in the majority of benchmarks, and even defeat it in a few....
For office work, I'd get teh Sempron as they are only like, what $75?, For gaming, I'd get the A64 in socket 939 jsut for teh PCIe slot..
Oh, they are the same price? get the A64/3000+! (There really is no real upgrade path for socket 754, as I beleve a sinlge core 3700+ is the end of the line for that socket, with no dual cores planned)