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October 4, 2006 6:17:49 AM

Hey guys I'm new to these forums so be nice :oops:  , alright well here goes. I currently have an Intel 651 (3.4 ghz) and I'm thinking about finally switching too AMD. I was thinking about getting the fx-55, the computer that i will be using this for, will be used primarily for gaming (counterstrike-source if that helps). So here comes the question, im wondering if this is going to be worth the money for the new mobo and case which i will probably need? Worth it as in, will i see a noticable difference. I'm going to be spending around 400 dollars on this so i need to make sure its 400 well spent thanks a lot guys :D 

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October 4, 2006 7:01:12 AM

Or do i go with a core 2 duo e6600 and spend the same money because i don't have to get a new mobo?
October 4, 2006 7:06:16 AM

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Or do i go with a core 2 duo e6600 and spend the same money because i don't have to get a new mobo?
If you have a C2D compatable motherboard, then anything less would be foolish. Go for an E6400, to keep the price below $400(in case you need a better PSU, etc). You will see a great improvement in game going from 651 to E6400. What motherboard and RAM do you currently have?
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October 4, 2006 8:00:43 AM

FX55 will give you no more than 10-20% more CPU power than what you have right now. If you want to upgrade, maybe get C2D6600. What video board are you using? maybe that is bottleneck ing you.
October 4, 2006 2:08:00 PM

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Hey guys I'm new to these forums so be nice :oops:  , alright well here goes. I currently have an Intel 651 (3.4 ghz) and I'm thinking about finally switching too AMD. I was thinking about getting the fx-55, the computer that i will be using this for, will be used primarily for gaming (counterstrike-source if that helps). So here comes the question, im wondering if this is going to be worth the money for the new mobo and case which i will probably need? Worth it as in, will i see a noticable difference. I'm going to be spending around 400 dollars on this so i need to make sure its 400 well spent thanks a lot guys :D 

$400... Well
1-Maybe a video card would be the best thing to upgrade, especially is your current mombo has PCI-e.
2-If you have a healthy amount of older DDR to keep, I would advice an AMD Athlon 4200+, Socket 939 ($190), a decent mombo (~$80) and video card for the remaining $130
3-If you have to keep DDR2, go for an Intel E6300 or 6400($185 and 230), motherboard ($80-90 and card). this option may leave you fewer money for the card than the previous.
October 4, 2006 6:01:22 PM

It's definetly not the video card, i have a 7900gt xfx extreme 520/1500 the ram and mobo are from a dell computer, i have an antec 500 watt psu. I think ill have to go on there website to be sure that these items are in fact compatible, but from what i have read the mobo is im not sure about the ram.
October 4, 2006 6:53:59 PM

Since you already have DDR2 (supposedly a good one like at least 667) you might as well stay with Intel, just get a board which supports Core 2 Duo (and Quad if you want to be sure) and pick Core 2 Duo CPU according to your needs.
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