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Worth getting a x2 3800 ?

Discussion in 'CPUs' started by dC2006, 12 Jul 2006.

  1. dC2006


    Joined: 13 Jun 2006

    Posts: 192

    Current setup is in sig, waiting like many others for the price drops and then plan on getting a x2 3800. I mainly use machine for gaming and the occasional video encode.

    Now taking into account the x2 chips produce more heat due to there being 2 cores, and that this could be a restricting factor when overclocking compared to my current overclock, would I see a performance drop say for example if I only got the x2 3800 to 2.6ghz ? in games.

    Wanna go dual core but also want to hit 3ghz :p was thinking of the A64 4000+, but not really worth spending £100 odd for an extra 200mhz.

    So in a dilema at moment of what to do, conroe is outta the question before any one suggests that as only got this DFI mb about 2 months ago when my asrock dual went **** up :p plus always upgrade and tell myself not to upgrade for another year and get some value out of what I buy. Got the opty/asrock mb/ram 6 months ago..... can`t win in this overclocking game :(
  2. uk_sam


    Joined: 12 Jun 2006

    Posts: 164

    I really don't see a problem with the system you have the moment and upgrading to a x2 3800+ wouldn't really be an improvement gaming wise. I plan to get a dual-core but for me its more of a bonus than a necessity since I don't really do any intensive multitasking. I only have a barebone PC at the moment so my situation is different to yours.

    That said, if the x2 3800+ come down to £100 and you sell off your opteron (going for about £70-£95 on ebay at the moment) then its a relatively cheap 'upgrade' and dual-core will be beneficial in the long run. A graphic card might be a better investment for the moment if you are having trouble playing any games.