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January 4, 2007 3:52:19 PM

Hello everyone, I want to tap into the huge knowledge pool here at TG:Forumz. I am currently running an Athlon 64 3500+ AM2 processor and I want to upgrade. Dual core seems like the way to go. What would be the best choice for me?

System Specs:
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe
Athlon 64 3500+ Orleans
4 GB Corsair CM2X1024-5400C4

I want to know the best price/performance processor as well as the fastest albeit insanely priced.

Thank you.

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January 4, 2007 3:57:02 PM

What's your budget and what do you use your system for?
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January 4, 2007 3:58:34 PM

Overclock for now, upgrade in six or so months with AMD's new chips come out. If you must go dual core now, 3800+ or 4000+.
January 4, 2007 3:58:49 PM

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Hello everyone, I want to tap into the huge knowledge pool here at TG:Forumz. I am currently running an Athlon 64 3500+ AM2 processor and I want to upgrade. Dual core seems like the way to go. What would be the best choice for me?

System Specs:
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe
Athlon 64 3500+ Orleans
4 GB Corsair CM2X1024-5400C4

I want to know the best price/performance processor as well as the fastetst.

Thank you.


Right now, any AM2 will give you a nice increase. What is your price limit and do you want to OC?

For $300 you can get a 5200+ which has been known to reach 2.9GHz. You an get the 3800+ for a low as $140 but it will be running much higher out of spec reaching 2.9GHz.

Because I paid $500 for a 939 4400+ about a year ago, would say that the 4600+ is the best out of the box bang for the buck at around $220, but the 5000+ is only a few bucks more.

If it were me I'd go with the 5200+ just because I'd rather pay for the clock speed and not worry about OCing. I mean $289 is CHEAP. the 3800+ used to cost that 4 months ago.
January 4, 2007 4:17:21 PM

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What's your budget and what do you use your system for?


I primarily use my system for gaming and ripping. My budget is around $300-400.
January 4, 2007 4:19:41 PM

Quote:
Hello everyone, I want to tap into the huge knowledge pool here at TG:Forumz. I am currently running an Athlon 64 3500+ AM2 processor and I want to upgrade. Dual core seems like the way to go. What would be the best choice for me?

System Specs:
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe
Athlon 64 3500+ Orleans
4 GB Corsair CM2X1024-5400C4

I want to know the best price/performance processor as well as the fastetst.

Thank you.


Right now, any AM2 will give you a nice increase. What is your price limit and do you want to OC?

For $300 you can get a 5200+ which has been known to reach 2.9GHz. You an get the 3800+ for a low as $140 but it will be running much higher out of spec reaching 2.9GHz.

Because I paid $500 for a 939 4400+ about a year ago, would say that the 4600+ is the best out of the box bang for the buck at around $220, but the 5000+ is only a few bucks more.

If it were me I'd go with the 5200+ just because I'd rather pay for the clock speed and not worry about OCing. I mean $289 is CHEAP. the 3800+ used to cost that 4 months ago.

I'm not big on overclocking, usually I need a pretty specific guide to do so. Currently I am using stock cooling, I have had no need to upgrade it in the past.
January 4, 2007 4:22:50 PM

Quote:
Hello everyone, I want to tap into the huge knowledge pool here at TG:Forumz. I am currently running an Athlon 64 3500+ AM2 processor and I want to upgrade. Dual core seems like the way to go. What would be the best choice for me?

System Specs:
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe
Athlon 64 3500+ Orleans
4 GB Corsair CM2X1024-5400C4

I want to know the best price/performance processor as well as the fastetst.

Thank you.


Right now, any AM2 will give you a nice increase. What is your price limit and do you want to OC?

For $300 you can get a 5200+ which has been known to reach 2.9GHz. You an get the 3800+ for a low as $140 but it will be running much higher out of spec reaching 2.9GHz.

Because I paid $500 for a 939 4400+ about a year ago, would say that the 4600+ is the best out of the box bang for the buck at around $220, but the 5000+ is only a few bucks more.

If it were me I'd go with the 5200+ just because I'd rather pay for the clock speed and not worry about OCing. I mean $289 is CHEAP. the 3800+ used to cost that 4 months ago.

I'm not big on overclocking, usually I need a pretty specific guide to do so. Currently I am using stock cooling, I have had no need to upgrade it in the past.

Okay, if you're not into overclocking I guess my recommendation is half out. If you really must upgrade now go for a 4200+. Similar single-threaded performance but with dual-core smoothness in multitasking and encoding. I've really got to caution you, though, you're going to be really tempted to upgrade a few months down the road, so don't spend too much money now.
January 4, 2007 4:36:51 PM

Quote:
Hello everyone, I want to tap into the huge knowledge pool here at TG:Forumz. I am currently running an Athlon 64 3500+ AM2 processor and I want to upgrade. Dual core seems like the way to go. What would be the best choice for me?

System Specs:
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe
Athlon 64 3500+ Orleans
4 GB Corsair CM2X1024-5400C4

I want to know the best price/performance processor as well as the fastetst.

Thank you.


Right now, any AM2 will give you a nice increase. What is your price limit and do you want to OC?

For $300 you can get a 5200+ which has been known to reach 2.9GHz. You an get the 3800+ for a low as $140 but it will be running much higher out of spec reaching 2.9GHz.

Because I paid $500 for a 939 4400+ about a year ago, would say that the 4600+ is the best out of the box bang for the buck at around $220, but the 5000+ is only a few bucks more.

If it were me I'd go with the 5200+ just because I'd rather pay for the clock speed and not worry about OCing. I mean $289 is CHEAP. the 3800+ used to cost that 4 months ago.

I'm not big on overclocking, usually I need a pretty specific guide to do so. Currently I am using stock cooling, I have had no need to upgrade it in the past.

If your budget is $300-$000, and you dont want to overclock, for AM2, Barons advice is sound and I agree with him, I would go for the 5200
January 4, 2007 4:39:24 PM

What about the opterons? have any of you had any experience with them?
January 4, 2007 4:43:18 PM

Quote:
Hello everyone, I want to tap into the huge knowledge pool here at TG:Forumz. I am currently running an Athlon 64 3500+ AM2 processor and I want to upgrade. Dual core seems like the way to go. What would be the best choice for me?

System Specs:
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe
Athlon 64 3500+ Orleans
4 GB Corsair CM2X1024-5400C4

I want to know the best price/performance processor as well as the fastetst.

Thank you.


Right now, any AM2 will give you a nice increase. What is your price limit and do you want to OC?

For $300 you can get a 5200+ which has been known to reach 2.9GHz. You an get the 3800+ for a low as $140 but it will be running much higher out of spec reaching 2.9GHz.

Because I paid $500 for a 939 4400+ about a year ago, would say that the 4600+ is the best out of the box bang for the buck at around $220, but the 5000+ is only a few bucks more.

If it were me I'd go with the 5200+ just because I'd rather pay for the clock speed and not worry about OCing. I mean $289 is CHEAP. the 3800+ used to cost that 4 months ago.

The only difference between the 5000+ and the 5200+ that i see is the cache, 512 and 1mb. Does that difference and that alone justify the $20 price increase?
January 4, 2007 4:48:42 PM

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What about the opterons? have any of you had any experience with them?


Nope, never owned an opteron
January 4, 2007 5:18:20 PM

Quote:
Hello everyone, I want to tap into the huge knowledge pool here at TG:Forumz. I am currently running an Athlon 64 3500+ AM2 processor and I want to upgrade. Dual core seems like the way to go. What would be the best choice for me?

System Specs:
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe
Athlon 64 3500+ Orleans
4 GB Corsair CM2X1024-5400C4

I want to know the best price/performance processor as well as the fastetst.

Thank you.


Right now, any AM2 will give you a nice increase. What is your price limit and do you want to OC?

For $300 you can get a 5200+ which has been known to reach 2.9GHz. You an get the 3800+ for a low as $140 but it will be running much higher out of spec reaching 2.9GHz.

Because I paid $500 for a 939 4400+ about a year ago, would say that the 4600+ is the best out of the box bang for the buck at around $220, but the 5000+ is only a few bucks more.

If it were me I'd go with the 5200+ just because I'd rather pay for the clock speed and not worry about OCing. I mean $289 is CHEAP. the 3800+ used to cost that 4 months ago.

The only difference between the 5000+ and the 5200+ that i see is the cache, 512 and 1mb. Does that difference and that alone justify the $20 price increase?


Not for most things but it should help ripping since more work fits into the cache. You can really get the 5000+ and save the $20 without a lot of slowdowns.
January 4, 2007 5:35:08 PM

Quote:
Hello everyone, I want to tap into the huge knowledge pool here at TG:Forumz. I am currently running an Athlon 64 3500+ AM2 processor and I want to upgrade. Dual core seems like the way to go. What would be the best choice for me?

System Specs:
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe
Athlon 64 3500+ Orleans
4 GB Corsair CM2X1024-5400C4

I want to know the best price/performance processor as well as the fastetst.

Thank you.


Right now, any AM2 will give you a nice increase. What is your price limit and do you want to OC?

For $300 you can get a 5200+ which has been known to reach 2.9GHz. You an get the 3800+ for a low as $140 but it will be running much higher out of spec reaching 2.9GHz.

Because I paid $500 for a 939 4400+ about a year ago, would say that the 4600+ is the best out of the box bang for the buck at around $220, but the 5000+ is only a few bucks more.

If it were me I'd go with the 5200+ just because I'd rather pay for the clock speed and not worry about OCing. I mean $289 is CHEAP. the 3800+ used to cost that 4 months ago.

The only difference between the 5000+ and the 5200+ that i see is the cache, 512 and 1mb. Does that difference and that alone justify the $20 price increase?


Not for most things but it should help ripping since more work fits into the cache. You can really get the 5000+ and save the $20 without a lot of slowdowns.

$20 dollars is worth the extra cache. It's just $20.

As for the Operons, only the lower clocked ones are worth it, and that's for overclockers. Since you don't want to overclock...skip.
January 4, 2007 10:07:06 PM

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Hello everyone, I want to tap into the huge knowledge pool here at TG:Forumz. I am currently running an Athlon 64 3500+ AM2 processor and I want to upgrade. Dual core seems like the way to go. What would be the best choice for me?

System Specs:
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe
Athlon 64 3500+ Orleans
4 GB Corsair CM2X1024-5400C4

I want to know the best price/performance processor as well as the fastest albeit insanely priced.

Thank you.

...a bit early to upgrade; I just upgraded to this 4200+ because X2 S939 supplies were dangerously scarse, while AM2, like LGA775 is constantly putting out newer CPUs. In your place, I'd wait till the second rev. 65 nm parts; it will be worth if they overclock better than the current ones :wink:
January 4, 2007 10:14:59 PM

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Hello everyone, I want to tap into the huge knowledge pool here at TG:Forumz. I am currently running an Athlon 64 3500+ AM2 processor and I want to upgrade. Dual core seems like the way to go. What would be the best choice for me?

System Specs:
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe
Athlon 64 3500+ Orleans
4 GB Corsair CM2X1024-5400C4

I want to know the best price/performance processor as well as the fastest albeit insanely priced.

Thank you.

...a bit early to upgrade; I just upgraded to this 4200+ because X2 S939 supplies were dangerously scarse, while AM2, like LGA775 is constantly putting out newer CPUs. In your place, I'd wait till the second rev. 65 nm parts; it will be worth if they overclock better than the current ones :wink:
I have read the the 65nm processors do not perform better than the 90nm counterparts
January 4, 2007 10:32:16 PM

Yes,but thare's some probability that those of the second revision will, above all, clock better than the 90 nm and; would be nice if they reached 3.2-3.4G
January 4, 2007 10:36:00 PM

also amd is releasing a new processor type am2+, and you need a new motherboard to support it. you can use these new processors on the old am2 mobos but wont have the new features. im not sure if the new 65nm processors are those or not?
January 4, 2007 10:41:28 PM

No, the current 65nm AMD processors are basically the same as the 90nm processors with a die shrink. The processor that will be released for AM2+ is K8L, and that's what everyone's waiting for. It should be out this summer or fall.
January 4, 2007 10:48:50 PM

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also amd is releasing a new processor type am2+, and you need a new motherboard to support it. you can use these new processors on the old am2 mobos but wont have the new features. im not sure if the new 65nm processors are those or not?

You will be able to run a AM2+ CPU in an AM2 socket,mobo, but you wont experiance all the advantages of the inproved AM2+ Uarch.
January 4, 2007 11:03:17 PM

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also amd is releasing a new processor type am2+, and you need a new motherboard to support it. you can use these new processors on the old am2 mobos but wont have the new features. im not sure if the new 65nm processors are those or not?

You will be able to run a AM2+ CPU in an AM2 socket,mobo, but you wont experiance all the advantages of the inproved AM2+ Uarch.

Yes he will, just with 1/3 the HyperTransport link bandwidth.
January 4, 2007 11:07:47 PM

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also amd is releasing a new processor type am2+, and you need a new motherboard to support it. you can use these new processors on the old am2 mobos but wont have the new features. im not sure if the new 65nm processors are those or not?

You will be able to run a AM2+ CPU in an AM2 socket,mobo, but you wont experiance all the advantages of the inproved AM2+ Uarch.

Yes he will, just with 1/3 the HyperTransport link bandwidth.

Yup, and people are jumping up and down about being able to upgrade an AM2 with AM2+. I dont see why, you dont get anything significant from it.
January 4, 2007 11:22:36 PM

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What's your budget and what do you use your system for?


I primarily use my system for gaming and ripping. My budget is around $300-400.

Get a C2D 6300 and DS3 motherboard. OC it. It will rape anything AMD in that price range and you can upgrade later to a real Quad processor.
January 4, 2007 11:28:05 PM

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What's your budget and what do you use your system for?


I primarily use my system for gaming and ripping. My budget is around $300-400.

Get a C2D 6300 and DS3 motherboard. OC it. It will rape anything AMD in that price range and you can upgrade later to a real Quad processor.

I already have a kick ass am2 mobo I'm not going to buy another mobo and cpu i was just wondering about an upgrade.
January 5, 2007 2:36:55 AM

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What's your budget and what do you use your system for?


I primarily use my system for gaming and ripping. My budget is around $300-400.

Get a C2D 6300 and DS3 motherboard. OC it. It will rape anything AMD in that price range and you can upgrade later to a real Quad processor.
I don't see any issues except the quad cores, but maybe we're wrong.
January 5, 2007 3:29:45 AM

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What's your budget and what do you use your system for?


I primarily use my system for gaming and ripping. My budget is around $300-400.

Get a C2D 6300 and DS3 motherboard. OC it. It will rape anything AMD in that price range and you can upgrade later to a real Quad processor.
I don't see any issues except the quad cores, but maybe we're wrong.

http://newspaperads.mercurynews.com/ROP/ads.aspx?advid=...

An E6400 ~ 4600+ in most, 5000+ in games. Not a bad deal for 229 bucks. AGP though, crappola.

I don't know if you were answering me, but I accidentally quoted the wrong post.
January 5, 2007 7:34:05 AM

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What's your budget and what do you use your system for?


I primarily use my system for gaming and ripping. My budget is around $300-400.

Get a C2D 6300 and DS3 motherboard. OC it. It will rape anything AMD in that price range and you can upgrade later to a real Quad processor.
I don't see any issues except the quad cores, but maybe we're wrong.

http://newspaperads.mercurynews.com/ROP/ads.aspx?advid=...

An E6400 ~ 4600+ in most, 5000+ in games. Not a bad deal for 229 bucks. AGP though, crappola.

I don't know if you were answering me, but I accidentally quoted the wrong post.

Actually -- it doesn't matter, I was just posting to post an example of how cheaply you can get into a C2D --- it must annoy Baron :)  --- Fry's has these deals every now and again, I saw one deal for a E6600 + MB (better than what I show above) for 359... I love Fry's.... they have gotten a lot of my money :) 

Oh, Jack... You can't stop mentioning me...

Well you may be pleased with intel's price slaughtering now, but wait until they destroy all the pc world. First it will be competiotn, then snd tier distributors, and then all we'll be left with is dell and intel.

I have to get my quadFX before that happenes :wink:
January 5, 2007 8:53:08 AM

Then depending on your budget, you have the X2 3800+ around $120-130 or some X2 5000+ ~$270.
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