Leave my PC as it is or go 64 bit?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by reberto, Dec 19, 2005.

  1. reberto macrumors 65816

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    Currently my PC has a Athlon XP 2700+ t-bred core running at ~2.4 ghz. I am not sure but I might want to upgrade to a 64 bit system. The processor I might buy is a Athlon 64 3000+ at ~2.0 ghz (its the only socket 754 Athlon 64 that I can find with SSE3 support). I know I need a new motherboard and all that junk but, should I upgrade? How much more of a speed boost would I notice?
     
  2. Laser47 macrumors 6502a

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    I would go with a socket 939 for future proof mboard and also because it supports dual channel memory. Also I think the performance increase will be marginal since you 2700 is Oc'd to around 3000+?. And also there arent many 64bit apps out there. But i would go with it, just try to get 939 if you have the $$.
     
  3. Nermal Moderator

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    I'd leave it as-is and use the money towards a new Mac :D
     
  4. reberto thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Well, I have a ASUS 6800XT in AGP form so I don't want to move to PCI-E. I know there is a socket 939 mobo out there with AGP 8x. My friend has one, I just can't find it :( EDIT: FOUND IT :D http://www.xpcgear.com/gigabgak8u.html
     
  5. Laser47 macrumors 6502a

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    Thats a pretty nice board.
     
  6. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Good advice Nermal! :)


    I too think that you should keep your current setup- the speed difference would probably be marginal reberto. :)
     
  7. Toreador93 macrumors regular

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    Yeah, keep it. The speed boost you'll get now wouldn't be worth the money. Wait a few years when your whole system is completely obsolete.

    If you're interested in running OSX x86 on that computer, [Mod edit: Nope!]
     
  8. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    I believe giving that type of information out is frowned upon. :eek:
     
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  10. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Duh! :rolleyes:

    Sorry, I must have not been thinkin'. :eek:
     
  11. sw1tcher macrumors 65816

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    I say hold off on the upgrade until socket M2 is out, which should be around the second quarter of 2006.

    If you are going to upgrade now, go with socket 939 instead of 754. 939 should be around well into 2007.
     
  12. shdwsclan macrumors member

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    Also, get workstation processor because you get more for your money.
    The Xeons dominate 64bit single core
    The Opterons dominate 64bit dual core
    Dual processor is better than 1 dual core and this seems to be true in all benchmarks for Intel,IBMAPPLE,AMD, etc.
    You can always get a dual core dual opteron....
    Single core Xeons have DDR2 out and better MoBos for dual and single processor mobos. Xeons dual cores are overpriced and crappy.
     
  13. NYmacAttack macrumors 6502

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    Unless you upgrade to socket 939 among other upgrades(ie video card) I doubt you'll notice any drastic improvements.
     
  14. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    The AMD X2 processor kicks ass. I highly recommend going to a 939 and getting this dual core CPU.
     
  15. reberto thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Workstation processors are NEVER good for gaming. The processor is designed as a server processor, not a gaming processor. Trust me, I have tried, they suck in Quake 4.
     

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