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Dual Core Compatibility


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#1 shiftplusone

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Posted 26 July 2006 - 06:41 PM

Okay, I'm back.

I waited for some price cuts, and now that the dual cores are down to about 50% of what they were, I was thinking about really getting one of those. I specifically want the AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+, and a combo deal with it is a BIOSTAR TForce4SLI Socket 939, but under the CPU Type it doesn't mention X2 CPU's, and...is that a mistake, or it is just that Newegg put it as a combo, but they're not even able to work together

Also, while I'm making a new topic, and trying to figure out some things for a new PC, would I be safer getting an AM2 MoBo, and having to get DDR2, because I want something that will last, but I can upgrade in the future instead of getting all new stuff. And what's the difference with the DDR2, anyway?
Aaaaand, I'm going to be using this PC for MOSTLY gaming, but also Photoshop, music, and then of course internet surfing and AIM+MSN. Would I be safer just going with a Single-core, or dual. I was thinking the dual would be better because it's almost the same price, but it also seems to be the "new thing" with tech, so I figured it'd last me a good while.

Sorry if that was a little too much, but thank you in advance to anyone that helps me out.

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Posted 26 July 2006 - 08:26 PM

the memory aspect is an easy one >>>> if you have some PC3200 memory now that you can re-use then stay with the dual core socket 939 (non AM2)

the AM2 is not any better in performance and it takes DDR2 memory which also is no faster >>>> DDR2 is faster memory but the double latencies nullify the speed >>>> In order to beat PC3200 memory you would need DDR8000 and a CAS latency of under 4

with the great prices go with the processor you are looking at; although if it were me; you can get the 4200 or 4400 for only $30.00 or $40.00 dollars more

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Posted 27 July 2006 - 10:20 AM

the memory aspect is an easy one >>>> if you have some PC3200 memory now that you can re-use then stay with the dual core socket 939 (non AM2)

the AM2 is not any better in performance and it takes DDR2 memory which also is no faster >>>> DDR2 is faster memory but the double latencies nullify the speed >>>> In order to beat PC3200 memory you would need DDR8000 and a CAS latency of under 4

with the great prices go with the processor you are looking at; although if it were me; you can get the 4200 or 4400 for only $30.00 or $40.00 dollars more


Ah, thank you for the advice and info on the DDR2
I was thinking about getting the 4200+, but I'm quite pressed for price ;\

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Posted 27 July 2006 - 10:28 AM

this may be noob but... How can u even tell whether a mobo is dual-core compatible or not?

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Posted 27 July 2006 - 10:30 AM

Yes, the motherboard supports X2 CPUs according the the manufactureres homepage.

linderman is wrong about the memory performance though. Some decent DDR2-667 with a cas 4 is going to be faster than DDR-400.
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Posted 27 July 2006 - 10:47 AM

Yes, the motherboard supports X2 CPUs according the the manufactureres homepage.

linderman is wrong about the memory performance though. Some decent DDR2-667 with a cas 4 is going to be faster than DDR-400.

Ah, thank you so much




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