How much did you spend on your gfx card?
A good rule of thumb is to spend as much on chip and mobo as you do on gfx card. If you are a serious gamer, you might want to consider spending as much on your gfx card as you do on your mobo, chip, and system memory.
To match your gfx card, you should go to a 3800/3700. Personally, I would go to a 148 opteron venus core.
Since you are on agp, and will need a new mobo (probably ram, since AM2 is getting close), and gfx card for your next upgrade, there is no point in getting a cpu, and having your system overly gpu limited.
Well i always thought that dual processors (X2 4200+) werent very good performance wise (for gaming) compared to single, so id say go for the 4000+ san diego.
man get with the times... dual cores are far better than any single core, even if you dont use one of the cores. On top of that when everything is dual core ready your allready set and dont have to go and buy another processor, because you allready have one. Dual core is not like sli/crossfire where you pay 100% more and only gain 30% performace, with 2 cpus you have 100% more processing power.
Now, what you do is take the 3800 and OC it to 2.4Ghz, which can be done, and essentially you have two AMD4000s on one chip. The only difference being, the cache size. You do this for less money as well.
So certainly going dual core has an advantage whether your gaming or not.
dual core doesent give you 100%, its something like 30% but with dual cores you can multi task without penelty.
You have 2 cores 2 cpus what do you mean you only get 30% with dual core?!
sli/crossfire you get 30% performace increase. I can encode a dvd with dvdrebulder on 1 core and play cod2 or any other game on the other core (dvdrb uses 50/100% of my 1st core and then I have a whole nother cpu with 100% processing power. In order to take real advantage of dual core you need 2gigs of ram vs 1gig.
your using the same FSB, the same ram channels, the same video card, ECT, maby 100% processing power, but because it uses the same bus you truely dont get 2 computers.
Thats whats great about the a64/opteron, it has an onboard memory controler so it can get as much memory access it needs from the ram, also with 2 gigs of ram while im encoding I use 500-550 megs of ram so I still have over 1.3gigs free to do whateva I want. If it is slower I can't tell from my 3200+ that I had, and now opteron 165 running @ 2.6ghz (I can run 2 different program w/o any slowdown). On the video your right I can only run 1 game at a time(but I do have dual 17inch vpr matrix crt monitors)