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    3800+ X2 / 4000+ X2 worth overclocking?

    Hey,

    I have been toying upgrading my system (below) to a Q6600. However I just back from holiday and looks like I might be going to the states at the end of the year, so funds are not as evident as before.

    My current setup is:

    AMD64 3200+ (S939)
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    I have however noticed 939 chips on the the cheap (New + Retail), in particular the 3800+ X2 @ £15.60 & the 4000+ X2 @ £30.60.

    Would it be worth purchasing one of these two and overclocking it? Please note that I have never overclocking in my life.

    Reason for upgrading? I feel that my CPU is limiting my gaming options...

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    Re: 3800+ X2 / 4000+ X2 worth overclocking?

    Well if you can get a 3800 for £15 I suggest you do so

    They are plenty good enough for most games at stock anyway I'm sure you could squeeze something out of them, I can't remember how easy or hard it is though, my X2 has a unlocked multiplier lol

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    Re: 3800+ X2 / 4000+ X2 worth overclocking?

    I've OC'd my Opty 146 and 3700 to around 2.8ghz. It run games nicely.
    I also bought a 3800 x2 a couple of months ago and tried to OC it. However, the most I've managed to OC it to is around 2.35-2.4ghz. In 3DMark the scores are higher, but in real world usage the Opty and 3700 are better.

    If you can get the dual cores at those prices (you sure they're not AM2 cpus?) then yes it'll be worth it considering you only have a 3200+

    Btw, Overclocking a skt 939 is pretty straightforward, let us know if you need a hand.
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    Re: 3800+ X2 / 4000+ X2 worth overclocking?

    Definitely S939, the 3800 is OEM, the 4000 is retail...

    However it says that the 3800 is 2.4GHz..Mithrandir, I assume by your post that this is innaccurate.

    Reading comments on the website, people have said that the 4000 is easily overclocked to 2.8GHz.

    I am however stupid..as I am writing this I have just noticed neither are X2 ..so I have thus just wasted my time lol

    Bah...

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    Re: 3800+ X2 / 4000+ X2 worth overclocking?

    Ah, it must be the ones from Microdirect

    I'd say try a bit of Overclocking with your current setup. I had a 3200 WInchester but never overclocked it. I've read some 3200 cpus go up to 2.8ghz on stock volts. However, this is dependent on ram, mobo and cpu stepping. I reckon you could get at least 2.5ghz.
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    Re: 3800+ X2 / 4000+ X2 worth overclocking?

    ive been running my 3800 x2 @ 2.6GHz for probably over a year now with no problems

    If you can do so you might as well.
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    Re: 3800+ X2 / 4000+ X2 worth overclocking?

    I have a 3800X2 @ 2.8ghz and its gets 10k in 3DMARK06 with my current graphics card and 2gb of ram. Not bad for a cheap CPU. I will get it back up and running for the gf at a later date.
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    Re: 3800+ X2 / 4000+ X2 worth overclocking?

    I'd be tempted to hit eBay in search of a nice stepping, that way I'd know there was a good chance of a tasty overclock.
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