I've read AMDs are the best for gaming. I'm currently thinking about making a San Diego 4000+ this summer. Any comments/recommendations?
Also, this is probably gonna be my first AMD system, so if anyone could link me an appropriate motherboard (like from newegg) for that type of processor. All this Althlon XP/64/64+/FX stuff confuses the hell out of me.
Thanks in advance.
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I'm not the authority by far, but here goes. The new processors are the AMD64- socket 754 and 939. The fx is the flagship 939 processor (though I see it as too much $/bang). The 3500+ or 3700+ will give almost the same performance for less than half. But, if you have the cash to waste, go for it. However, you did say you were looking for an X2, so go for a 3500/3700 now and have some extra $ for the upgrade (you should be able to use the same MB with minimal flash upgrade). To the best of my knowlege the 939 socket is supposed to be compatible with the new X2's, but they are coming with a new socket type as well. So, if you can wait, that might be the way to go.
For now, the 939 has the mem controller on it allowing for the dual channel ddr (and I don't think the 754 will be compatable w/ X2's). The top contenders (that I know of) for that are ASUS, DFI, ABIT, GIGABYTE, MSI, that kind of thing. If you search any product website for socket 939 boards they'll give you a list.
I like the ASUS boards, but there's quite a few guys on this forum that like the DFI board better. There are other makers out there, but I prefer the front runners; if you're going to buy the latest/greatest cpu, why skimp on the MB?
Such is my opinion, hope it helped. I'm sure there are plenty out there who will disagree with me some way or other.
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What like dual core? Oh right, they are already out. For staight gaming they dont do anything. If you want to shrink a DVD while gaming, they are good. If you play online, with chat, and run antivirus in the background, they are nice. Big chunk of change though.
athlon fx's were made for gaming. first was the fx-51 2.2ghz 1mbL2 socket 940, then the 939 fx 53 2.4ghz 1mb L2(almost like 4000+) and the fx 55 2.6ghz 1mb L2 owns all. and fx's are the best for gaming becuase of the unlocked multiplier