It is worth the cost for Quadcore?
I told myself 9 months ago that I was going to upgrade when AMD gets a quad CPU, and see which quad CPU is better, AMD/Intel. Well, the wait time has passed, and AMD is still sitting around with their thumbs up their a$$.
So, I started doing some research on the Intel CoreDuo and quads. I ran into some threads where people were commenting that they really have no use for a quadcore at this time, as no applications use quad technology, let alone dual core. But it you run several apps at one time, it seems to work well.
This made me think a little, perhaps now is not a wise time for a complete upgrade?
I am running an AMD Opteron 165 dual core now (1800mhz) with a bit of an overclock (cant remember how much exactly), but it does max out at 2300mhz. I also have a gig of memory, TCCD/Brainpower stuff.
I am thinking it may be a more wise move to buy a Opteron 185 (2600mhz) dual core for $250 and upgrade my X800GTO. I hate to sink money into old technology, and the 939 socket and memory are pretty much history.
I figure this upgrade of $250 for a cpu, and a +/-$500 PCIe card would last me a couple of years atleast. And I can always use the new graphics card in my next build.
My origional thinking was to do a complete new build, perhaps $2500 with a new quad CPU, DX10, DDR2/3 memory, and etc. But the cost versus performance gains have me wondering if it makes any sense. With $750, I think I would have a pretty "zippy" computer again.
So, what do you think? Does this make sense? Is it a wise plan?
DFI NF4 Ultra-D, 165 Opteron. 9x275 1:1, OCZ 3200 2x512 TCCD, Sapphire X800GTO Fireblade, Raptor 74, Benq 1640, Liteon 166S DVD, Antec 660 Perf.+, Fortron Blue 500, Viewsonic VX910, XPsp2, Herc. GTXP 6.1, Z640