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Is amd 64 3800+ a good replacement for 3500+

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August 25, 2006 10:19:50 AM

is amd 64 3800+ a good replacement for 3500+??
im basically a core gamer!!!i jus wanna increase my framerates!!!i dont like dualcores as they really give slow framerates.so plzzz tell me if tis is a good replacement or not!!!
August 25, 2006 11:20:29 AM

You won't see significant gaming improvements going from 3500+ to X2 3800+. I would invest a little more and get the X2 4600+.
August 25, 2006 11:30:05 AM

I didnt read that correctly. So you DONT want an X2. ok then. Im going off the assumption that you have the 939 socket. 3800+ will give you better results in game but I would invest in the 4000+ which on newegg is just 20$ more. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

Disregard my earlier post. AMD 64 3800+ >> AMD 64 X2 3800+ in games. But don't be living a single core life in a dual core world.
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August 25, 2006 12:54:49 PM

If you a core gamer and wants to get better FPS... maybe finding an opteron 144 (or 146, both 939 pin) and OC to limit will be better than 3500 to 3800... this upgrade will not make much difference...unless your 3500 failed....otherwise invest in something higher..or you will notice where you spend your bucks...
August 30, 2006 8:31:14 PM

if u got spare cash id say yes but id be more temped to put it towards better ram/GPU. maybe set up raid...
August 30, 2006 9:33:57 PM

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i dont like dualcores as they really give slow framerates.


This isn't accurate and in many cases downright false. More and more newer games are multithreaded to take advantage of dual cores. Yes, in a single-threaded game a higher clocked single core will outperform a dual core. Regardless, I would reccomend an x2 42/4400 as it would perform on par with a 3800+ in single core games and substantially better in multithreaded titles.

That doesn't even factor multitasking ability. I assume you run antivirus software/internet security suite? A dual core proc will balance the load while running games to ensure all programs run smoothly.
September 3, 2006 9:36:20 PM

Quote:
is amd 64 3800+ a good replacement for 3500+??
im basically a core gamer!!!i jus wanna increase my framerates!!!i dont like dualcores as they really give slow framerates.so plzzz tell me if tis is a good replacement or not!!!


Not sure how you got to the assumption that dual cores render slower framerates. :? You probably won't notice much diference by upgrading to a 3800+. Why not just overclock your 3500+. If you really want to see more FPS, upgrade your graphics card. Or run two in SLI or Crossfire.
September 3, 2006 10:12:50 PM

1) Overclock your 3500+ as much as you can. You may lose out on CPU lifespan but if you're considering upgrading then in your opinion the CPU is already dead.

2) Wait another 3 or 4 months and the top-notch dual cores for S939 will be absolutely dirt cheap.

3) Just because dual cores have lower clock speeds per processor doesn't mean they'll be worse for gaming. XP demands your CPU to have a tonne of TSRs which can be nicely taken care of with one core, leaving the other core wide open to deal with your games.

4) If you haven't done so already, get some top-notch cooling going on in your system, especially on your CPU. This will not only allow you to OC your 3500+ more but also whatever you replace it with.

5) If you're into your games then consider that most games in a few months to a year will be compiled with benefits for multi-core systems. If you upgrade to another single core CPU then you'll be outdated again before long.

I use both single and dual core systems and would highly recommend you wait for the price drop and in the mean time save up your pennies for some more games to play on them. On a side note I've been able to play almost any game I want to on a Winchester 3200+ OC'd to 2200MHz, which is pretty much your processor running stock.
September 3, 2006 10:34:49 PM

Get a new videocard; upgrading from a 3500+ to a 3800+ will not do anything.
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