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New AMD build, tell me what you think.

By SeedOfHate
Jun 9, 2006
  1. I'm going to upgrade next week and I wanted to know how well can this computer run the latest games, what you think about it and maybe give me suggestions. Thank you.

    Specs :
    Western Digital Caviar SE16 250GB SATA2 7200RPM 16MB 8.9MS

    DFI LANParty UT NF4 ULTRA-D Motherboard ATX S939

    AMD Athlon 64 3700+ Processor S939 San Diego 2.2GHZ 1MB L2 Cache

    SUNBEAM TRANSFORMER GAMING 21IN CASE

    Antec True Power II 550W EPS12V 24PIN SLI Ready Power Supply

    Thermaltake CL-P0114 Big Typhoon Copper Alum CPU Heatsinkfan

    OCZ EL Platinum XTC PC4000 2GB 2X1GB DDR500 CL3-3-3-8 184PIN Dual Channel Memory

    Powercolor Radeon X1900XT 625MHZ 512MB 256BIT 1.45GHZ GDDR3 (to be overclocked to or over XTX speeds)
     
  2. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,566

    Looks like a fantastic gaming system. You should be able to run all games on high settings with that monster.

    The only thing I personally would change is the CPU. You happen to be ordering the one I have, and don't get me wrong, it is an amazing CPU. Very fast, and very overclockable.

    But I bought mine 7 or 8 months ago. If I was buying now, I'd go dual core. If you are an overclocker get yourself a nice Opteron (dual core). Just something to think about.
     
  3. SeedOfHate

    SeedOfHate TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I heard dual cores had problems with some games that don't support dual core, wich results in lag and stuttering. But between the 3700+, the Opteron dual core and an X2, wich one would be the best for gaming ?
     
  4. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,566

    All newer games are being programmed to utilize dual cores now, and games that do not utilize dual cores are being patched up in a hurry. There are of course exceptions, but dual core has evolved at a rapid rate over the past few months, and everything is moving in that direction.

    As to which one to get, it is a question of budget and your feelings on OCing.

    For me it is a toss up between the X2 3800+ and the Athlon64 3700+. The 3700+ is such an amazing CPU, I might stick with it. But if you have the budget for a higher clocked X2 (stick with the 1Mb cache models only) then go for it.

    If you are willing/interested in OCing, then the opterons are a great deal. I have never had the chance to play with one, but the word is they are amazing overclockers. They also have a high L2 cache and are very well priced. I am considering one as my next upgrade.

    EDIT: mentioning this just because I have to, you also are aware of the newly released AM2 systems, and the upcoming Conroe systems? Building a new system around a 939 socket.... questionable at this point. Then again, it it will have enough upgrade options for at least another year and a half or so...
     
  5. Mirob

    Mirob TechSpot Paladin Posts: 841

    Dual core is still only used in a few games. AM2 is better and a 3800+ is cheaper! Best deal for gaming for now. Conroe kicks this out of the field.
     
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