1.) The X2-3600 is fast enough for any game but the E4300 would be better for map editing.Boys,
Let's not start a huge argument out of it. I just want my HL2 to load quickly, like less than 10 seconds on it. My current rig is like 30 seconds on it and it's quite like forever.
Also, I'm into mapmaking, and maybe I'll be starting to do it again. Been mapmaking since 01 (HL classic) , but stopped because I had a weaker K6-2, and since then I didn't do much mapping as it took too long time to do it.
On top of that, here's my summary:
1.) I have a DDR2-667 RAM. If I plan to save some more dough (C2D is still a little bit too pricey, for even a E4300), is it good to use an X2-3600?
2.) No overclocking is done at all, since this is a central PC at home. Period.
3.) Futureproofing - I wanna play games which have dual-core support.
That's all. If loading HL2 cuts the time into half - I'm moving to that particular processor. If that E4300 loads like um... only 5 seconds, I'll pick that for sure. If that X2-3600 squeezes out a 10 second load, I'll choose that.
2.) OCing is safe as long as you dont push the CPU to its limit. An OC like my sig is safe and well below any heat problems as most CPUs run with no problem up to 58c. This want work on a stock cooler but even a cheap non-stock cooler with a 65nm is good for some OCing.
3.) For futureproofing you need to look at how much RAM your mobo will max out to and what GPU slot your mobo has.