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    Question Best high-end Athlon 64 chip value?

    Which high-end Athlon 64 chip is best performance for the money (best value)?

    Retail (non-OEM) Pricegrabber shipped prices for my area code:

    3500+ = $267.00 [$373 difference to...] [TOO SLOW FOR ME]

    3800+ = $640.00 [$88 difference to...]

    4000+ = $728.00 [$71 difference to FX-53] [$127.9 difference to FX-55]

    FX-53 = $799.00 [$56.90 difference to...]

    FX-55 = $855.90

    I like quiet PC's so I won't be overclocking. I'm currently thinking the 4000+. Suggestions? Thanks.

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    megahertz wise, although you could easily figure this out, are
    3500=$121/gig
    3800=$266/gig
    4000=$303/gig
    FX53=$332/gig
    FX55=$329/gig

    although there are several other factors that go into which you should pick(like caches etc)

    David Aleon(or someone else) will probably end up responding and will better be able to help you .

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    Hands down, the 3500+ is the best for the money. But since you said that's too slow for you, I'd go with the 4000+, since that is in essence the FX-53 (though that's been denied) but anything above the 3500+, you will be bled dry by the prices, so your best bet might just be to get the fastest one out there.
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    Well being a current Athlon 64 3500 Power User i guess i have some experience in using one.
    But i guess you wont be interested since you are going higher than that.
    You can pay through the nose for the fastest Athlon CPU available but i dont see why you should want to if you want a fast general purpose computer that can do virtually anything for a far cheaper price. The price of the chips will fall in the next year anyway and you can spend the money on other componants to save money like more faster RAM or a better graphics card.
    Dont under estimate the 3500 cpu, it's pretty slick too.
    More info and performace data can be found here

    http://techreport.com/reviews/2004q3...0/index.x?pg=1


    The AMD Athlon 64 processor is the first and only Windows®-compatible 64-bit PC processor. The AMD Athlon 64 processor runs on AMD64, a revolutionary technology that allows the processor to run 32-bit applications at full speed while enabling a new generation of powerful 64-bit software applications. Advanced 64-bit operating systems for the AMD64 platform from Microsoft®, Red Hat, SuSE, and TurboLinux have already been announced, and they only run on processors with AMD64 technology. With the introduction of the AMD Athlon 64 processor, AMD provides customers a solution that can address their current and future computing needs. As the first desktop PC processor to run on the AMD64 platform, the AMD Athlon 64 processor helps ensure superior performance on todays software with complete readiness for the coming wave of 64-bit computing.
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    Manuf Name Socket Clock speed (MHz) Multiplier Process (nm) Voltage Bus speed L1 cache (KB) L2 cache (KB) L3 cache (KB) Codename

    AMD Athlon 64 2800+ 754 1800 9 130 1.5 HT 128 512 0 Newcastle
    AMD Athlon 64 3000+ 754 2000 10 130 1.5 HT 128 512 0 Newcastle
    AMD Athlon 64 3200+ 754 2200 11 130 1.5 HT 128 512 0 Newcastle
    AMD Athlon 64 3200+ 754 2000 10 130 1.5 HT 128 1024 0 Clawhammer
    AMD Athlon 64 3400+ 754 2400 12 130 1.5 HT 128 512 0 Newcastle
    AMD Athlon 64 3400+ 754 2200 11 130 1.5 HT 128 1024 0 Clawhammer
    AMD Athlon 64 3500+ 939 2200 11 130 1.5 HT 128 512 0 Newcastle
    AMD Athlon 64 3700+ 754 2400 12 130 1.5 HT 128 1024 0 Clawhammer
    AMD Athlon 64 3800+ 939 2400 12 130 1.5 HT 128 512 0 Newcastle
    AMD Athlon 64 FX-51 940 2200 11 130 1.5 HT 128 1024 0 Clawhammer
    AMD Athlon 64 FX-53 940 2400 12 130 1.5 HT 128 1024 0 Clawhammer
    AMD Athlon 64 FX-53 939 2400 12 130 1.5 HT 128 1024 0 Clawhammer
    AMD Athlon 64 FX-55 939 2600 13 130 1.5 HT 128 1024 0 Clawhammer
    AMD Athlon MP 2600+ 462 2133 16 130 1.65 266 128 256 0 Thoroughbred
    AMD Athlon MP 2600+ 462 2000 15 130 1.65 266 128 512 0 Barton
    AMD Athlon MP 2800+ 462 2133 16 130 1.65 266 128 512 0 Barton
    AMD Athlon XP 1700+ 462 1467 11 130 1.5 266 128 256 0 Thoroughbred
    AMD Athlon XP 1700+ 462 1467 11 180 1.75 266 128 256 0 Palomino
    AMD Athlon XP 1800+ 462 1533 11.5 130 1.5 266 128 256 0 Thoroughbred
    AMD Athlon XP 1900+ 462 1600 12 130 1.5 266 128 256 0 Thoroughbred
    AMD Athlon XP 2100+ 462 1733 13 130 1.6 266 128 256 0 Thoroughbred
    AMD Athlon XP 2500+ 462 1833 11 130 1.65 333 128 512 0 Barton
    AMD Athlon XP 2600+ 462 1917 11.5 130 1.65 333 128 512 0 Barton
    AMD Athlon XP 2600+ 462 2083 12.5 130 1.65 333 128 256 0 Thoroughbred
    AMD Athlon XP 2700+ 462 2167 13 130 1.65 333 128 256 0 Thoroughbred
    AMD Athlon XP 2800+ 462 2083 12.5 130 1.65 333 128 512 0 Barton
    AMD Athlon XP 2800+ 462 2250 13.5 130 1.65 333 128 256 0 Thoroughbred
    AMD Athlon XP 3000+ 462 2167 13 130 1.65 333 128 512 0 Barton
    AMD Athlon XP 3000+ 462 2100 10.5 130 1.65 400 128 512 0 Barton
    AMD Athlon XP 3200+ 462 2200 11 130 1.65 400 128 512 0 Barton
    AMD Athlon XP/MP 1500+ 462 1333 10 180 1.75 266 128 256 0 Palomino
    AMD Athlon XP/MP 1600+ 462 1400 10.5 180 1.75 266 128 256 0 Palomino
    AMD Athlon XP/MP 1800+ 462 1533 11.5 180 1.75 266 128 256 0 Palomino
    AMD Athlon XP/MP 1900+ 462 1600 12 180 1.75 266 128 256 0 Palomino
    AMD Athlon XP/MP 2000+ 462 1667 12.5 130 1.6 266 128 256 0 Thoroughbred
    AMD Athlon XP/MP 2000+ 462 1667 12.5 130 1.65 266 128 256 0 Thoroughbred
    AMD Athlon XP/MP 2000+ 462 1667 12.5 180 1.75 266 128 256 0 Palomino
    AMD Athlon XP/MP 2100+ 462 1733 13 180 1.75 266 128 256 0 Palomino
    AMD Athlon XP/MP 2200+ 462 1800 13.5 130 1.65 266 128 256 0 Thoroughbred
    AMD Athlon XP/MP 2400+ 462 2000 15 130 1.65 266 128 256 0 Thoroughbred
    Intel Celeron 478 1700 17 180 1.75 400 8 128 0 Willamette
    Intel Celeron 478 1800 18 180 1.75 400 8 128 0 Willamette
    Intel Celeron 478 2000 20 130 1.525 400 8 128 0 Northwood
    Intel Celeron 478 2100 21 130 1.525 400 8 128 0 Northwood
    Intel Celeron 478 2200 22 130 1.525 400 8 128 0 Northwood
    Intel Celeron 478 2300 23 130 1.525 400 8 128 0 Northwood
    Intel Celeron 478 2400 24 130 1.525 400 8 128 0 Northwood
    Intel Celeron 478 2500 25 130 1.525 400 8 128 0 Northwood
    Intel Celeron 478 2600 26 130 1.525 400 8 128 0 Northwood
    Intel Celeron 478 2700 27 130 1.525 400 8 128 0 Northwood
    Intel Celeron 478 2800 28 130 1.525 400 8 128 0 Northwood
    Intel Celeron 325J 775 2533 19 90 1.4 533 16 256 0 Prescott
    Intel Celeron 330J 775 2667 20 90 1.4 533 16 256 0 Prescott
    Intel Celeron 335J 775 2800 21 90 1.4 533 16 256 0 Prescott
    Intel Celeron 340 478 2933 22 90 1.4 533 16 256 0 Prescott
    Intel Celeron 340J 775 2933 22 90 1.4 533 16 256 0 Prescott
    Intel Celeron 345 478 3067 23 90 1.4 533 16 256 0 Prescott
    Intel Celeron 345J 775 3067 23 90 1.4 533 16 256 0 Prescott
    Intel Celeron D 320 478 2400 18 90 1.4 533 16 256 0 Prescott
    Intel Celeron D 325 478 2533 19 90 1.4 533 16 256 0 Prescott
    Intel Celeron D 330 478 2667 20 90 1.4 533 16 256 0 Prescott
    Intel Celeron D 335 478 2800 21 90 1.4 533 16 256 0 Prescott
    Intel Celeron M 310 479 1200 12 130 1.356 400 64 512 0 Banias
    Intel Celeron M 320 479 1300 13 130 1.356 400 64 512 0 Banias
    Intel Celeron M 330 479 1400 14 130 1.356 400 64 512 0 Banias
    Intel Celeron M 340 479 1500 15 130 1.356 400 64 512 0 Banias
    Intel Celeron M 350 479 1300 13 90 1.26 400 64 1024 0 Dothan
    Intel Celeron M 360 479 1400 14 90 1.26 400 64 1024 0 Dothan
    Intel Celeron M ULV 333 479 900 9 130 1.004 400 64 512 0 Banias
    Intel Celeron M ULV 353 479 900 9 90 0.94 400 64 512 0 Dothan
    AMD Low Power Mobile Athlon 64 2700+ 754 1600 8 130 1.2 HT 128 512 0 Newcastle
    AMD Low Power Mobile Athlon 64 2800+ 754 1800 9 130 1.2 HT 128 512 0 Newcastle
    AMD Mobile Athlon 64 2800+ 754 1600 8 130 1.4 HT 128 1024 0 Clawhammer
    AMD Mobile Athlon 64 3000+ 754 1800 9 130 1.4 HT 128 1024 0 Clawhammer
    AMD Mobile Athlon 64 3200+ 754 2000 10 130 1.4 HT 128 1024 0 Clawhammer
    AMD Opteron 140, 240, 840 940 1400 7 130 1.5 HT 128 1024 0 Sledgehammer
    AMD Opteron 142, 242, 842 940 1600 8 130 1.5 HT 128 1024 0 Sledgehammer
    AMD Opteron 144, 244, 844 940 1800 9 130 1.5 HT 128 1024 0 Sledgehammer
    AMD Opteron 146, 246, 846 940 2000 10 130 1.5 HT 128 1024 0 Sledgehammer
    AMD Opteron 146, 246, 846 940 2000 10 90 1.4 HT 128 1024 0 Sledgehammer
    AMD Opteron 148, 248, 848 940 2200 11 130 1.5 HT 128 1024 0 Sledgehammer
    AMD Opteron 150, 250, 850 940 2400 12 130 1.5 HT 128 1024 0 Sledgehammer
    AMD Opteron 248 940 2200 11 90 1.4 HT 128 1024 0 Sledgehammer
    Intel Pentium 4 478 1500 15 180 1.75 400 8 256 0 Willamette
    Intel Pentium 4 478 1600 16 180 1.75 400 8 256 0 Willamette
    Intel Pentium 4 478 1700 17 180 1.75 400 8 256 0 Willamette
    Intel Pentium 4 478 1800 18 180 1.75 400 8 256 0 Willamette
    Intel Pentium 4 478 1800 18 130 1.525 400 8 512 0 Northwood
    Intel Pentium 4 478 1900 19 180 1.75 400 8 256 0 Willamette
    Intel Pentium 4 478 2000 20 180 1.75 400 8 256 0 Willamette
    Intel Pentium 4 478 2000 20 130 1.525 400 8 512 0 Northwood
    Intel Pentium 4 478 2200 22 130 1.525 400 8 512 0 Northwood
    Intel Pentium 4 478 2267 17 130 1.525 533 8 512 0 Northwood
    Intel Pentium 4 478 2400 24 130 1.525 400 8 512 0 Northwood
    Intel Pentium 4 478 2500 25 130 1.525 400 8 512 0 Northwood
    Intel Pentium 4 478 2533 18 130 1.525 533 8 512 0 Northwood
    Intel Pentium 4 478 2600 26 130 1.525 400 8 512 0 Northwood
    Intel Pentium 4 478 2667 20 130 1.525 533 8 512 0 Northwood
    Intel Pentium 4 478 2800 21 130 1.525 533 8 512 0 Northwood
    Intel Pentium 4 478 3067 23 130 1.55 533 8 512 0 Northwood
    Intel Pentium 4 505 775 2667 20 90 1.4 533 16 1024 0 Prescott
    Intel Pentium 4 515 775 2933 22 90 1.4 533 16 1024 0 Prescott
    Intel Pentium 4 520 775 2800 14 90 1.4 800 16 1024 0 Prescott
    Intel Pentium 4 520J 775 2800 14 90 1.4 800 16 1024 0 Prescott
    Intel Pentium 4 530 775 3000 15 90 1.4 800 16 1024 0 Prescott
    Intel Pentium 4 530J 775 3000 15 90 1.4 800 16 1024 0 Prescott
    Intel Pentium 4 540 775 3200 16 90 1.4 800 16 1024 0 Prescott
    Intel Pentium 4 540J 775 3200 16 90 1.4 800 16 1024 0 Prescott
    Intel Pentium 4 550 775 3400 17 90 1.4 800 16 1024 0 Prescott
    Intel Pentium 4 550J 775 3400 17 90 1.4 800 16 1024 0 Prescott
    Intel Pentium 4 560 775 3600 18 90 1.4 800 16 1024 0 Prescott
    Intel Pentium 4 560J 775 3600 18 90 1.4 800 16 1024 0 Prescott
    Intel Pentium 4 570J 775 3800 19 90 1.4 800 16 1024 0 Prescott
    Intel Pentium 4 A 478 2800 21 90 1.4 533 16 1024 0 Prescott
    Intel Pentium 4 A 478 2400 18 90 1.4 533 16 1024 0 Prescott
    Intel Pentium 4 B 478 2400 18 130 1.525 533 8 512 0 Northwood
    Intel Pentium 4 C with HT 478 2400 12 130 1.525 800 8 512 0 Northwood
    Intel Pentium 4 C with HT 478 2600 13 130 1.525 800 8 512 0 Northwood
    Intel Pentium 4 C with HT 478 2800 14 130 1.525 800 8 512 0 Northwood
    Intel Pentium 4 E with HT 478 2800 14 90 1.4 800 16 1024 0 Prescott
    Intel Pentium 4 E with HT 478 3000 15 90 1.4 800 16 1024 0 Prescott
    Intel Pentium 4 E with HT 478 3200 16 90 1.4 800 16 1024 0 Prescott
    Intel Pentium 4 E with HT 478 3400 17 90 1.4 800 16 1024 0 Prescott
    Intel Pentium 4 Extreme Edition 478 3200 16 130 1.55 800 8 512 2048 Gallatin
    Intel Pentium 4 Extreme Edition 478 3400 18 130 1.6 800 8 512 2048 Gallatin
    Intel Pentium 4 Extreme Edition 775 3400 18 130 1.6 800 8 512 2048 Gallatin
    Intel Pentium 4 Extreme Edition 775 3467 13 130 1.6 1066 8 512 2048 Gallatin
    Intel Pentium 4 with HT 478 3000 15 130 1.55 800 8 512 0 Northwood
    Intel Pentium 4 with HT 478 3067 23 130 1.55 533 8 512 0 Northwood
    Intel Pentium 4 with HT 478 3200 16 130 1.55 800 8 512 0 Northwood
    Intel Pentium 4 with HT 478 3400 17 130 1.55 800 8 512 0 Northwood
    Intel Pentium M 479 900 9 130 1.004 400 64 1024 0 Banias
    Intel Pentium M 479 1100 11 130 1.39 400 64 1024 0 Banias
    Intel Pentium M 479 1200 12 130 1.39 400 64 1024 0 Banias
    Intel Pentium M 479 1300 13 130 1.39 400 64 1024 0 Banias
    Intel Pentium M 478 1300 13 130 1.39 400 64 1024 0 Banias
    Intel Pentium M 479 1400 14 130 1.484 400 64 1024 0 Banias
    Intel Pentium M 478 1400 14 130 1.484 400 64 1024 0 Banias
    Intel Pentium M 479 1500 15 130 1.484 400 64 1024 0 Banias
    Intel Pentium M 478 1500 15 130 1.484 400 64 1024 0 Banias
    Intel Pentium M 479 1600 16 130 1.484 400 64 1024 0 Banias
    Intel Pentium M 478 1600 16 130 1.484 400 64 1024 0 Banias
    Intel Pentium M 479 1700 17 130 1.484 400 64 1024 0 Banias
    Intel Pentium M 478 1700 17 130 1.484 400 64 1024 0 Banias
    Intel Pentium M 715 478 1500 15 90 1.34 400 64 2048 0 Dothan
    Intel Pentium M 725 478 1600 16 90 1.34 400 64 2048 0 Dothan
    Intel Pentium M 735 478 1700 17 90 1.34 400 64 2048 0 Dothan
    Intel Pentium M 745 478 1800 18 90 1.34 400 64 2048 0 Dothan
    Intel Pentium M 755 478 2000 20 90 1.34 400 64 2048 0 Dothan
    Intel Pentium M 765 479 2100 21 90 1.356 400 64 2048 0 Dothan
    Intel Pentium M LV 718 479 1300 13 130 1.18 400 64 1024 0 Banias
    Intel Pentium M LV 738 479 1400 14 90 1.116 400 64 2048 0 Dothan
    Intel Pentium M ULV 713 479 1100 11 130 1.004 400 64 1024 0 Banias
    Intel Pentium M ULV 723 479 1000 10 90 0.94 400 64 2048 0 Dothan
    Intel Pentium M ULV 733 479 1100 11 90 0.94 400 64 2048 0 Dothan
    Intel Xeon 603 1400 14 180 1.75 400 8 256 0 Foster
    Intel Xeon 603 1500 15 180 1.75 400 8 256 0 Foster
    Intel Xeon 603 1700 17 180 1.75 400 8 256 0 Foster
    Intel Xeon 603 1800 18 130 1.475 400 8 512 0 Prestonia
    Intel Xeon 603 2000 20 130 1.5 400 8 512 0 Prestonia
    Intel Xeon 603 2000 20 180 1.75 400 8 256 0 Prestonia
    Intel Xeon 604 2000 20 130 1.3 400 8 512 0 Prestonia
    Intel Xeon 603 2200 22 130 1.5 400 8 512 0 Prestonia
    Intel Xeon 603 2400 24 130 1.5 400 8 512 0 Prestonia
    Intel Xeon 603 2600 26 130 1.5 400 8 512 0 Prestonia
    Intel Xeon 603 2800 28 130 1.5 400 8 512 0 Prestonia
    Intel Xeon 603 2800 28 130 1.475 400 8 512 2048 Gallatin
    Intel Xeon 603 3000 30 130 1.525 400 8 512 0 Prestonia
    Intel Xeon 604 2000 15 130 1.5 533 8 512 0 Prestonia
    Intel Xeon 604 2400 18 130 1.5 533 8 512 0 Prestonia
    Intel Xeon 604 2400 18 130 1.525 533 8 512 1024 Gallatin
    Intel Xeon 604 2667 20 130 1.5 533 8 512 0 Prestonia
    Intel Xeon 604 2800 21 130 1.5 533 8 512 0 Prestonia
    Intel Xeon 604 2800 21 130 1.525 533 8 512 1024 Gallatin
    Intel Xeon 604 3067 23 130 1.525 533 8 512 0 Prestonia
    Intel Xeon 604 3067 23 130 1.525 533 8 512 1024 Gallatin
    Intel Xeon 604 3200 24 130 1.525 533 8 512 1024 Gallatin
    Intel Xeon 604 3200 24 130 1.525 533 8 512 2048 Gallatin
    Intel Xeon 604 2800 14 90 1.425 800 16 1024 0 Nocona
    Intel Xeon 604 3000 15 90 1.425 800 16 1024 0 Nocona
    Intel Xeon 604 3200 16 90 1.425 800 16 1024 0 Nocona
    Intel Xeon 604 3400 17 90 1.425 800 16 1024 0 Nocona
    Intel Xeon 604 3600 18 90 1.425 800 16 1024 0 Nocona
    Intel Xeon MP 603 1400 14 180 1.75 400 8 256 512 Foster
    Intel Xeon MP 603 1500 15 180 1.75 400 8 256 512 Foster
    Intel Xeon MP 603 1500 15 130 1.475 400 8 512 1024 Gallatin
    Intel Xeon MP 603 1600 16 180 1.75 400 8 256 1024 Foster
    Intel Xeon MP 603 1900 19 130 1.475 400 8 512 1024 Gallatin
    Intel Xeon MP 603 2000 20 130 1.475 400 8 512 1024 Gallatin
    Intel Xeon MP 603 2000 20 130 1.475 400 8 512 2048 Gallatin
    Intel Xeon MP 603 2200 22 130 1.475 400 8 512 2048 Gallatin
    Intel Xeon MP 603 2500 25 130 1.475 400 8 512 1024 Gallatin
    Intel Xeon MP 603 2700 27 130 1.475 400 8 512 2048 Gallatin
    Intel Xeon MP 603 2800 28 130 1.475 400 8 512 2048 Gallatin
    Intel Xeon MP 603 3000 30 130 1.5 400 8 512 4096 Gallatin
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    Wow! We've turned a corner here! Everybody is kicking in detailed info.

    Well, as the chart above shows the 3500+ runs at 2.2 GHz and has 512KB of cache. The 3800+ runs at 2.4GHz and has a 512KB cache. The 4000+ also runs at 2.4GHz and has a 1MB cache.

    You can do what you want to; its only money, but I have a very hard time with the idea that the first 2200 MHz only costs $274 and then the last 200MHz costs $356. WTF ? That hurts. Then, for an additional 512KB of cache they want another $89.

    Right now the price structure just doesn't make any sense. I would nail the 3500+ right now and then try to upgrade to a dual core chip when that comes out. If you need a lot of power right now, it would make more sense to get a dual Opteron 244. Each chip only costs $307, so you can have two for less than the price of the 3800+

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    Originally posted by colincsl
    megahertz wise, although you could easily figure this out, are
    3500=$121/gig
    3800=$266/gig
    4000=$303/gig
    FX53=$332/gig
    FX55=$329/gig

    although there are several other factors that go into which you should pick(like caches etc)

    David Aleon(or someone else) will probably end up responding and will better be able to help you .
    What would be the equivalent performance rating of the FX-53 and FX-55?

    FX-53 = 4100+
    FX-55 = 4200+?

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    Originally posted by davidaleon
    Wow! We've turned a corner here! Everybody is kicking in detailed info.

    Well, as the chart above shows the 3500+ runs at 2.2 GHz and has 512KB of cache. The 3800+ runs at 2.4GHz and has a 512KB cache. The 4000+ also runs at 2.4GHz and has a 1MB cache.

    You can do what you want to; its only money, but I have a very hard time with the idea that the first 2200 MHz only costs $274 and then the last 200MHz costs $356. WTF ? That hurts. Then, for an additional 512KB of cache they want another $89.

    Right now the price structure just doesn't make any sense. I would nail the 3500+ right now and then try to upgrade to a dual core chip when that comes out. If you need a lot of power right now, it would make more sense to get a dual Opteron 244. Each chip only costs $307, so you can have two for less than the price of the 3800+
    Well, I already have an Athlon XP 3200+ system. So going Athlon 64 3500+ won't be much of an improvement for me. 4000+ might seem like a lot of money, but once I buy it, I won't be upgrading for over a year. And for that LONG, I want to live with a FAST processor. 3500+ might not seem very slow today, but in a few months to a year, that gap in performance will grow significantly. 4000+ will last me a lot longer, I'll have the speed NOW, and thus saves me money and time in the long run. BTW: I run 3D apps like Maya and 3ds max, so I need a FAST processor. So that's my justification for going 4000+ for $730.

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    Based on what I've ready the Athlon 64 4000 is viewed as the replacement for the FX-53 by a lot of people. The performance is basically the same. The only way to get a further bounce is to go all the way to the FX-55. There you get 2.6GHz of speed and 1MB of cache.

    Personally, if I were you I would wait for March 2005. Since you already have pretty good 32 bit technology any move to 64 right now is going to be marginal and expensive. By March a lot of prices should come down and we should see better technologies across the board. You can afford to wait since you're already clocking at 3200+. You will probably be disapointed if you jump now.

    I'm definetly holding until March. With a pair of dual XEONs, I'm not hurting for 32 bit power right now. I can afford to wait for Windows XP64, a good Opteron PCI-Express board, and the dual cores. These are probably the only things that will add up to a difference any way.

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    You have a 3200 now? Thats not fast enought for you atm ?
    I think you have caught the speed bug and you will never be happy with how fast your pc is.
    I upgraded from a 4 year old Athlon 750 which at the time was the second fastest Athlon chip at the time and my first pc. Cost me £708 exactly wheni had no job and needed it for a music course i was going to be doing.
    A few years later i added 256mb stick of ram and it improved things alot as well as speed.
    After a year and a half waiting to buy a better pc i eventually got one.
    Playing the latest games was impossible on my 750 and now i can play the latest games at high resolutions.
    At the end of the day it's your money and you may not see a huge leap in performace that i did as you have a fast processor already.
    If money is no object then you might aswell go for it.
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