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January 24, 2007 12:26:20 AM

My friend has a AMD 3800+ (not x2) 939 on a DFI NF4 LANPARTY mobo. He craves more performance (as we all do) and wants to upgrade to an FX 60.
The best price we could find was on an OEM at Tigerdirect for $350.
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
I brought up the idea of a core 2 build instead, but he believes that the FX-60 will give him better performance.

So I guess my question is essentially, would it be better to purchase an FX-60 at $350 US or purchase a C2D chip and motherboard?

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January 24, 2007 2:03:37 AM

What core 2 and motherboard would you recommend? He's never OC'd before but is willing to try.
January 24, 2007 2:29:26 AM

personally i'd go for the e6400.. but if he was willing to pay 350 for the fx-60, i'd recommend the e6600 and if he were to SLI, go for a mobo with the chipset other poster suggested...
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January 24, 2007 2:40:27 AM

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personally i'd go for the e6400.. but if he was willing to pay 350 for the fx-60, i'd recommend the e6600 and if he were to SLI, go for a mobo with the chipset other poster suggested...

Well that $350 was all he wanted to spend. If he went Core 2 he would also need a new motherboard and RAM. He could probably go a little over that budget, but not much.
January 24, 2007 2:40:29 AM

Problem here with upgrading to C2D, is he'll need pricey new DDR2-RAM.

For $350, he could get the FX-60, or for about $400, he could get an E4300, a decent P965 or 650i mobo, and 1Gb of DDR2-800. Then overclock that bitch high. If he's got the money, I would take the second option, as it is an all around futureproof, vs. the milking of an older system.
January 24, 2007 3:00:35 AM

uhm, is he gaming? because if so you could invest half that into a video card and get a much bigger increase in performance... what video card does he currently have?
January 24, 2007 3:25:09 AM

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uhm, is he gaming? because if so you could invest half that into a video card and get a much bigger increase in performance... what video card does he currently have?

He has a seperate video card budget going that he is going to spend when r600 comes out (he wants to see whats going on in the market then). Currently he has a x700 that is in a RMA process.
January 24, 2007 3:50:07 AM

If he upgrades to c2d,he will have to purchase new ram as well as a new board.For now I recommend buying the fx-60 and keep that for a year or so,then upgrade to the next best thing.Goodluck.

Dahak

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January 24, 2007 4:54:03 AM

If you are still looking at upgrading just the CPU, from what I can see from THG CPU Benchmarks in games the best price/performance upgrade I would say would be around the 64 X2 4600+. It is $150 less than the FX-60 and in games you will only see about a 5% difference in fps. If you want to pay the extra $150 for those 3 frames per second thats up to you or your friend, but I know I personally wouldn't want to.
January 24, 2007 5:51:20 AM

The 3800 is a fine cpu... If its gaming he wants, what can you get in the US for a graphics card for that $350? (I run Oblivion, mostly maxed out, decent to very good FPS on a 3700 and 6800 ultras, 256 MB in sli on a very similar MB...)
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