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3400+ 754 1mb L2 vs 3500+ 939 512kb L2

By RCman
May 27, 2005
  1. Hi,
    I have a freind willing to buying my computer for a very good price my question is now that my computer specs currently are:
    - Asus K8N-E Deluxe Socket 754
    - AMD Althon 64 3400+ 1Mb L2, Clawhammer
    - Radeon 9600 256MB
    - 1GB (2x512mb) of Corsair PC3200 DDR RAM
    - Maxtor 80GB 8MB Cache 7200RPM
    - 550 Watt Power Supply
    - 16x DVD ROM & 52x32x52x Burner

    I'm alittle short on cash right now, but if my freind buys the systems I could go for this setup:
    - ASUS A8N-E Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra Socket 939
    - AMD Althon 64 3500+ 512kb L2, Clawhammer
    - Radeon X600XT 256MB DDR PCI-Express x16
    - 1GB (2x512mb) of Corsair PC3200 DDR RAM
    - Maxtor 80GB 8MB Cache 7200RPM
    - 550 Watt Power Supply
    - 16x DVD ROM & 52x32x52x Burner

    Would I see that much of a difference in performance? Will the L2 cache size "downgrade" hurt? Is it worth the time and money? Sorry for the stupid questions, just wanted another opinion. :grinthumb
     
  2. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    You should see an improvement immediately in the graphics department (if you are a gamer or do graphics-intensive stuff).
    Performance-wise those CPUs are about equal.
    Your new rig will be more future-proof with PCI-e, dual channel memory and the possibility to upgrade the CPU eventually to a 2-core CPU.
     
  3. RCman

    RCman TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 22

    That's what I was thinking. I do some gaming and CAD work, and I knew that the PCI-e Radeon X600XT 256MB would preform better than the AGP Radeon 9600 256mb. I am worried that the CPUs are clocked both at the 2.2ghz range, but the 3400+ has double the L2 cache than the 3500+. I just want to make sure that I would be losing anything in the CPU department.
     
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