Athlon 64 X2 CPU Choice

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I am building a new machine that will allow significant multitasking, but I
also want to get into gaming.  I've chosen the Athlon 64 dual core chip
group for that reason.  Because this machine is used primarily for business,
reliability is a big factor.  Despite that, I would like to experiment with
(mild) overclocking, and for that reason, I chose the Abit AN8 Fatal1ty
motherboard.  However, I still haven't settled on the CPU.

My question is this:  between the Athlon 64 X2 3800+ (Manchester) and, for
about $170 more,  the 4400+ (Toledo), what kind of performance boost will I
see from the added speed (2.2 vs 2.0) and the larger cache (1mb vs 524k) of
the 4400?.  My research appears to show that the 3800+ overclocks very well,
but I haven't found anything about overclocking the 4400+.  Comparing these
two processors, what will the overall advantages be for each in stock mode
and in mild overclock mode?  Thanks in advance for any help.


Motherboard:    Abit AN8 Fatal1ty SLI

Processor:         Athlon 64 X2 3800, 4200, or 4400  CPU

Memory:           Mushkin 4x512  PC3200 DChannel

PSU:                 Enermax Noisetaker 600w

Main HDD's:    2 x WDigital 76gb Raptors in RAID 1

Data HDD's:     2 x Seagate 300gb 7200rpm in RAID 1

CD Burner:       Plextor Plexwriter Premium

DVD Burner:    Sony DR800 Dual Layer

OS:                  XP Pro

Re: Athlon 64 X2 CPU Choice

Never mind, folks.  Today I bought the 4400.

  -  Magnusfarce  (OP)

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Re: Athlon 64 X2 CPU Choice

Go with amd fx-57 it off the hook..  been running it for about 3 weeks
little pricey got the chip for around 1200$ going to spend money may aswell
go all out
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