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jacobusmatthew

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what would be a better processor for $$$ i dont care if one is better than the other i just want to know if the difference in performance will be noticeable

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819103529
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819103562
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819103539
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819103514

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So what is it you want, you wnt to know which is the best but dont want to know which is the best, obviously its gonna be the fastest one, an its gonna be noticable as its considerably faster.
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i mean....lol i said that funny :tazz: that i have a limited budget, and i im going to get the:
ASUS crossfire board
WD raptor 150GB 16mb Cache
X1800xt
and a processor......but i dont know which one i should get. naturally the 4000+ has the best core clock etc. but what about the 3800+x2 does it stack up against the 4000 because of the dual core......and i could settle for a 3500 as it would be cheaper and i could afford gas for the next month :)

idk someone could shed light on the subject ....
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matt

Edited by jacobusmatthew, 22 January 2006 - 11:06 AM.

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Well chuck the raptor for a start they are no faster than any of the newer 7200RPM drives and even before they werent much faster so dont bother wasting your money on a raptor.

3800+ in games for the moment will only operate on one core and its not at the high speed end its at 3200+venice speeds. Which is still plenty fast but obviously not as fast as the single cores, i would say the 3700+ venice is the best halfway house between performance and cost.
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what would be your opinion on RAIDing 4 40GB HD's together? if not the raptor because i thought that the new raptor with 16 mb cache would up to "snuff" with the new HD's...........i guess i should say what HD would you recommend or is the one i have now fine (SATA150 80GB WD Caviar)
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anybody? i was thinkin about getting a "Western Digital Caviar 250GB 16MB Cache SATA 3.0"

Edited by jacobusmatthew, 22 January 2006 - 05:47 PM.

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Yeah that drive would be good, the newest samsung spinpoint drive is very fast and reliable they are very hard to get hold off though. Raid isnt a good idea, the risks arent worth the performance gain(which isnt alot), you get as much performance boost from just having the second drive and carefully managing your files so it reads from one and writes to the other.
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