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    Default CPU upgrade! but to which one????

    hey guys!

    I've been running my 2100+ "B" overclocked since I got it yonks ago and have been more than happy with it's performance but am now looking at picking up something a little quicker. Below is a list of options I'm looking at but am not quiet sure which one to go for.

    XP3200+
    XP2500-M
    P4-3gb
    3200 64 bit

    i know that I'd need a new m/b with the P4 and 64 bit m/b's but thats no major drama. I use my pc for mainly gaming so which one of these cpu's would you guru's recomend to upgrade to?


    thanks!
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    Default Re: CPU upgrade! but to which one????

    AMD 64-bit will be the gamers choice. It has been getting very good results (well better than INtel) in the gaming arena and many will still give you some leeway for overclocking.

    If you can afford to go with a Socket 939 platform, it will give you the best upgrade path, but the Socket 754 is still very workable and should be around for a while.
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    Well if you have a Barton clcoked at 2.2GHz, you'll also have quite a bit of GPU limitation from that 9800 Pro. While an Athlon 64 would help a lot, it won't really mean a huge increase in gaming performance, depending on the game. If you really want to get better gaming performance, I would suggest you get something in the GeForce 6800 or the Radeon X800 line. The GeForce 6800 is a nice starting point, as it costs just a bit more than a brand new Athlon 64 2800 with a new motherboard (and less than a 3200 with a board).

    But a socket 754 or 939 motherboard is a long-term investment that you might be slightly more happy with in the future. If you do get a new CPU, it should certainly be an Athlon 64.

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    thanks for the feed back guys!
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    I might suggest going Pentium 4 (save money) and use the extra money to upgrade your vid card, if you blew it all on the '64, you'd get a slight performance increase, but as Yowgmoth said, too small to be worth it.
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    Going with a Pentium 4 wouldn't save any money... A 2.4C is the cheapest 800MHz FSB P4 (and anything less than 800MHz FSB wouldn't be an improvement; hell, a 2.4C isn't really an improvement, for the most part), and it costs the same as an Athlon 64 2800, only performs significantly worse in nearly every single application. An Athlon 64 3200 also costs about the same as a P4 530, 3.0E, or 3.0C, (and performs better, again) and easily will cost less in the long run as socket 754 boards tend to provide more quality for less money in comparison with socket 478 and LGA775 boards. A Pentium 4 will not save money in any way, shape, of form.

    This applies for the U.S., and from what I can tell, Canada and the U.K. The only country I know of that Pentium 4s provide better bang-for-buck in is Australia.

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    anyone know of any sites that list the default running speeds of the 64 bit cpu's?
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    I could tell you off the top of my head, but I'll link you to this:
    http://www.c627627.com/AMD/Athlon64/

    The point of Atlhon 64s isn't really high clock speed, though...

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    A 2.2 gHz Athlon XP will outperform a 2.6 gHz P4-c with HyperThreading. I would suggest going Athlon 64.

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