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    Default Best bang for buck

    X2 3800 -152
    X2 4200-187
    X2 4400 - 231

    Which has the best bang for the buck?
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    Default Re: Best bang for buck

    If you are not overclocking much, I'd go for the gusto and get the 4400+. While the extra L2 cache is not a huge benefit, more is always better in my book. Otherwise, the 3800+ will easily overclock to the 4200+ speeds, although they are hit or miss when it comes to max overclocks. Either way, if it was my money, I'd get the 4400+.
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    Bang for buck stock? X2 4200. The 4400 is not worth $40 more in my book. Best bang for buck with overclocking? The X2 3800 by far. It should overclock to at least 2.6GHz, and probably 2.8-2.9GHz.

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    I will be using for video editing. Will any of these show much of a performance upgrade over my 3700?
    By the way, how hard is it to oc? Is there any place that gives step by step instructions. I know a lot about computers but have never read or even tried to oc. I just haven't had the time. Someone once told me that if I don't know anything about oc that I shouldn't do it but was he born with the knowledge? No, he had to learn and read about it.
    Windows 7 Professional
    (2)-ASUS VS248H-P Black 24" Monitor
    CORSAIR Hydro Series H60 (CWCH60) Liquid CPU Cooler
    ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    Kingston Hyper X Blu 16GB
    Intel Xeon E3-1245 V2 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Server Processor
    High Current Pro HCP-750 750W TX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.92 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS GOLD
    SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC256B/WW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive
    3 -2TB Western Digital Black HDD
    Rosewill RDCR-11003 74-in-1 USB3.0 3.5 Internal Card Reader
    1 Asus Blu Ray Burner
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    Default Re: Best bang for buck

    Will my Zalman CNPS-7000B-CU work with the 4400 or do I need a new one?
    Windows 7 Professional
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    CORSAIR Hydro Series H60 (CWCH60) Liquid CPU Cooler
    ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    Kingston Hyper X Blu 16GB
    Intel Xeon E3-1245 V2 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Server Processor
    High Current Pro HCP-750 750W TX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.92 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS GOLD
    SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC256B/WW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive
    3 -2TB Western Digital Black HDD
    Rosewill RDCR-11003 74-in-1 USB3.0 3.5 Internal Card Reader
    1 Asus Blu Ray Burner
    1 Plextor DVD Burner

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    A dual-core processor will show huge decreases in your encoding times. You could see anywhere from 25% to 50% decrease, provided your using a multithreaded application or doing multiple jobs at once.

    OCing isn't too tough, but you do have to learn about it. It should be pretty easy, in fact.

    It should work just fine.

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    This is a huge tangent, but how do those processors compare with the intel c2d line (i.e. e6300-e6600)?

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    They're not as good. The more powerful X2s compare pretty well to the bottom-rung Core 2 Duos.
    Last edited by Yawgm0th; 01-01-2007 at 02:54 PM.

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    Default Re: Best bang for buck

    getting a single core now is a waste get a dual core now ;)

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    haha i don't know why, but I've been reading up on the c2duos and I'mr really hyped up to get one.. I think I'll get the e6600, which seems to be the favorite in terms of cost to performance ratio and features (you guys have probably heard this for the millionth time).

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