My brand new 3200+ is a dud (shuts down at 48C and my RMA denied) so I am looking at a new socket 939. So far it narrows down to the 3800+ Venice, the X2 4200+ Manchester or the X2 4600+ Manchester.

The 3800+ and the 4600+ both have a 2.4 GHz clock but I would wind up paying $110 for the 3800+ vs. $250 for the 4600+. That is a huge difference just to get an essentially worthless dual core (most games). The 4200+ is less, $184, but I will lose 2GHz just to get dual core and I will probably wind up with a slower chip than the cheaper 3800+.

So what do you guys think? Assume overclocking is an option with any of these so don’t take it into account.