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#1 RADIUM-V Interactive

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Posted 26 September 2007 - 04:58 PM

So, I'm upgrading my AMD 64 x2 3800+ (2.00 GHz) to a 5600+ (2.80GHz). What should I expect in performance differences?

And I'm still thinking of changing my 666MHz RAM sticks (2 sticks, 1GB each) to 800MHz (same amount).

Would that make any remarkable differences in gaming? I has GeForce 8600 GT w/256mb in SLI, and I average around 50fps in Bioshock as my system is right now. If it doesn't make that much difference, which I expect it may not, at least I'm prepared when I choose to switch to Vista and swap out the 8600's for higher cards.

I've decided on the processor, but I'm not sure about the memory. Any solid reason to upgrade the speed of the memory?

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Posted 27 September 2007 - 02:03 PM

The 5600+ should do wonders in CPU dependent applications, but the RAM upgrade isn't worth it. Going from 667 to 800MHz will only give you a few percent performance boost.
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Posted 27 September 2007 - 09:11 PM

In terms of gaming, which will help me more?
I want my system to be ready for Crysis and The Orange Box.

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Posted 28 September 2007 - 07:12 AM

The processor. Both should be multi-threaded so you should even be able to make use of both cores.
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Posted 29 September 2007 - 09:12 AM

Forgot to mention the RAM is DDR2 in Dual-Channel. Does that sway your suggestion?

I've been getting replies from other forums saying that the RAM will make the bigger difference, and others saying the same as Mr. Alpha. I've never been so unsure in my life!

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Posted 29 September 2007 - 12:44 PM

No, it doesn't. Adding more RAM is a easy and good upgrade and often recommended. Changing your RAM to a higher speed isn't worth it (unless you have DDR2-400).
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Posted 18 October 2007 - 03:03 PM

So yeah...

I'm not getting a 5600+ anymore...




I'm getting a 6000+ :thumbsup:

My current 3dmark06 score is 6671. I can't wait until later today to test it with my new processor!

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Posted 20 October 2007 - 11:44 AM

My 3DMark06 score went:

6000+ ----->7830
3800+ ----->6671
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Difference-->1159

It's nice to keep consistent framerates again :D




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