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    Should I Upgrade - 939 to AM2?

    My current setup (have been building this rig for over a year and still haven't started using it ).

    X2 4200 Dual Core
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    I was thinking of selling the kit on ebay and hoping to have enough money to go AM2 as it's future proof. Don't particularly want to have to contribute much extra.

    Unfortunately (for me) the price of the cpu on ebay has dropped so not going to get as much now

    Should I sell and upgrade (will most likely have to sell the Ninja and get newer version AFAIK)?

    BTW I'm not an Intel man.

    Thank you for your opinion.
    Last edited by amjedm; 30-04-2007 at 10:24 AM.

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    If your dead set on amd..you should wait until their next line of chips come out. That seems fine for now. Get a bit of cheap ram if your desperate for a bit of extra grunt.

    How come you don't want intel? They easily outperform amd's. I've never bought an Intel until my core 2 duo but I don't regret it for a second.

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    AMD seems to be the cheaper option - I mostly surf so don't want to spend too much.

    Never setup an Intel system and also a bit of politics

    Thanks for the info.

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    Thats fair enough.. My brother has the 3800+ with 2GB of ram and it's much more pleasent to use than my work e6300 with 1GB of ram.

    I still have a soft spot for AMD really.

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    have a look at these benchmarks to see if there is any significant advantage AM2 vs 939.

    http://tomshardware.co.uk/2006/05/23...uk/page28.html

    Staffsmike has the answer here, increasing your ram to 2 Gb you may see an increase in reponse times. With the Barcelona out hopefully later this year, if you are wanting AMD then this would be worth the wait.

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    Its not worth changing your x2 939 for an am2 imo. I cant see that theres going to be any benefit.

    As said above, if you dont game then your vga card is fine, 2gb of ram might be the only upgrade to consider

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    Agreed, I would just leave things as they are, personally.

    If you wait, prices will come down, and/or better alternatives will be available to what are out there now for the same money.

    Generally, if you don't need to upgrade, don't. I'm quite happy with a single core Opty 146 at work. I can't even justify going dual-core let alone AM2 or C2D at the moment.

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    Quite. If you're not using your rig now, why would you use a new one more?

    200ghz is just as fast as 200mhz if it's turned off

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    That system is fairly balanced, and other than upgrading ram, there's no real reason to change it.
    There is no real advantage to going to AM2. You would lose a lot of money and only gain the advantage of being able to keep your ram for a future motherboard upgrade.

    That system will be fine for anything.
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    You have not mentioned what you are using your PC for, but for pretty much everything but games I would say the system should be fast enough.

    If you going to upgrade the Intel Core2Duo has got to be the way to go. A bit more expensive that going down the AMD AM2 route, but the extra speed you get for your money is well worth it.

    If you want to stick with AMD I would say stick with what you have and wait for the next generation of AMD "Core2Duo beaters".

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    Quote Originally Posted by kalniel View Post
    Quite. If you're not using your rig now, why would you use a new one more?
    So I can claim I've got an up to date rig

    Quote Originally Posted by kalniel View Post
    200ghz is just as fast as 200mhz if it's turned off
    And super silent, that's the best bit about it

    Thank you all for the advice, I'll stick with the computer.

    Main reason I haven't started using it is - I keep tinkering and changing parts (to make it quieter or silent if it's possible)

    One other reason (maybe someone can advise a quicker way) - I have to setup Firefox and other programs similar to how I have main computer setup.

    Is their a quicker way of copying over settings?

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    Theres a microsoft thing to do it but its supposed to be crap.

    Theres plenty of migration software out there though. This one is supposed to be good but I think it'll cost you.

    http://laplink.com/pcmover

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