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Old 12-27-2006, 10:02 PM   #1
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im looking to build a new computer and im need to know if spending the extra money for the dual core chips is worth it? im mostly going to use it for games. also for a mother board is the amd 939 dead and is the am2 going to be around for a while?
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AM2 is AMD'* current socket fpor now, 939 isn't completely dead but not worth investing in now. As for dual core, I'd invest is SLI over dual core for a gaming rig but if you can do both, go for it.
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i planned on going with SLI. i forgot to add that.
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Yes if your going to be gaming then get a AMD X2

The AM2 is the new Socket thats taking the 939 over


I would go with the X2 4400+ 2x 1mb L2 cache
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Intel Core 2 Duo processors are the fastest mainstream processors at the moment.... for a gaming rig, this is the way to go. Pair one with a decent motherboard and you can overclock the @$%% out of it.

AMD has a little catching up to do.

What kind of video setup are you looking at? 7900 or 8800 Geforce series cards(DirectX 10 ready!)? ATI Crossfire?
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well im not looking to build the most expensive system but something under 1000. im looking for a fps im just looking for a middle range gaming computer for low cost. for a video im thinking nvidia 7600 or 7800 but dual of those in time. just some affordable.
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well.....

You can throw a decent gaming rig together for that, or at least close to it.

A socket 939 system will be fine for gaming..... throw a GB of decent RAM in it, 250gb hard drive, DVD burner, 400W power supply, and spend whatever'* left on the best video card you can get. You may have enough to get in the 7900 series, but you'll most likely have to settle for a 7800 of some sorts. Dont go any lower than the 7800 series..... otherwise games like Oblivion, FEAR and HL2 will bog out bigtime unless you play them at 640 x 480!
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Naw, I run a 6800GS on a 3800 X2 system, and it runs Quake 4 and HL2 at fairly high settings with good results. I have 2 gigs of memory though.

The price of dual cores have gone down a lot. It'* worth it.
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most games are not multi-threaded so you're not going to get any gain by going dual core.

Two GB'* of RAM will help with certain games like Battlefield 2...... but since he'* not wanting to break the bank, I'd consider the extra GB of ram a nicety, but not necesary.

As for the 6800 series vs. the 7800 series, since I own both cards, I've seen the difference and it'* a big one. When I watch my son playing games on his PC(I gave him my BFG 6800 OC)...... let me just say that it'* not pretty compared to the 7800 GT.
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But on a budget, it works, and it looks fine for the most part.

Sure, some software doesn't take full advantage of the multithreading, but watch the CPU usage when running a game. It is using both cores. A lot of games out now do use multi cores to its advantage, ie. Quake 4.
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