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    I need help to pick a processor. I am also on a tight budget. I need a good gaming processor. I have 3 choices and my budget is tight so I need cheep but good. I can get the AMD Athlon™ 64 3500+, AMD Athlon™ 64 3200+ and the AMD Sempron™ 3400+. I want the best for the least amount of money. I just need it to run stuff like America's Army, COD 2, Battle for Middle Earth 2 and Age of Empires 3.

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    i think you already know what you should get (or what we will say). the sempron is a hands down, check howmuch the other two cost, there's 200MHz between the 2 so decide if is it worth the extra. you'll end up ocing it anyway me thinks (if not the answer is quite obvious again)

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    I personally would pick the Athlon 3500+. Its much faster than the Sempron, with added L2 Cache. Sempron processors are not really capable at running games very well, I used to have a Sempron 64 3100+ and it was far too slow to play most games on good settings.

    Sempron = Office and Everyday internet use
    Athlon 64 = Light Gaming/Moderate Gaming
    Athlon 64 x2 = Video Editing, Media Encoding, Gaming
    Athlon 64 FX = For the Ultimate PC Enthusiast.

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    Question Need help picking processor again

    I am as previously stated on a tight budget so if I can get a good processor for cheaper I would like to. My choices are the AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual-Core 3800+ or the AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual-Core 4200+. If the 3800+ works well for games like AA, COD 2 and Battle for Middle Earth 2 and other stuff like cs I would rather save. What is your advise?


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    AMD Athlon 64 x2 3800+, as you can overclock it.

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    yep, your choice is pretty simple, you don't want to spend much so go for the X2 3800+ and overclock it. What motherboard do you have?

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    A good start would be stating what your limited budget tops out at. Honestly with the knowledge here you might be surprised to find something better then what you think you can get with the cash you have.

    Limited budget means different things to different people...I just picked up an FX60 for $300 which to me was a good price for the best processor for my socket MB. I consider myself on a limited budget too...if I didn't I'd have a 6800 duo core, etc, etc.

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    How is the X2 4200+ for games like CSS, BF2/2142, AA, and COD2. This is the processor I am getting and I am wondering if it is an OK gaming proccessor. (Vid card is a X1950 GT 256MB

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    i assume you're on s939? you're not making it easy for us to help you when you won't tell us your preferred budget and what socket you're on.

    If it's 939, then you don't have much choice anyway so yes, it'll do fine.

    If it's Socket AM2 then probably not, as there are some interesting processors now which mean you'd need to think a bit harder about which one is best for you.

    Whatever you get, if you overclock it you'll get way more performance from it than you paid for so that's really the key here.

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    I think that it is a 939 but I am not sure. It is the proccessor that I got with a Referbed HP so i really have no idea. I was just wondering if it would work well. I need to know what games I can install. I am in no position to upgrade. I am already spending alot on the Vid Card extra RAM and stuff like that. It is what ever MB comes in the a1612n HP. Also how overclockable is the AMD X2 4200+?
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    So overclocking the AMD X2 4200+ will increase gaming preformance. Also will it make it to hot.

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    If you have the right cooler, such as a Zalman, then your CPU should be fine to overclock.

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    All i got are stock fans in the a1612n. what is Zalman?

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    if you're going to be using the motherboard from the HP, you probably won't be able to overclock anyway, so if thats the case, forget overclocking.

    if you want to know what zalman is, type it in google.

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    What is overclocking anyway and what is required to do it?

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    Overclocking is where you make your CPU faster than it was designed to operate at. Such as this

    AMD Athlon 64 3200+ has a clock of 2.0GHz, and people have been lucky enough to get it to run at 2.6GHz.

    To overclock, all you need is a compatible BIOS which allows you to edit your FSB and if you have the FX processor, you can just adjust your multiplier.

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