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Currently using rig in my signature. I want to upgrade, nothing serious. Looking at maybe a a64. What's a good place to start? I would really like to keep using my x850xt but i know that limits me to agp mobo's only... I know also need to get more ram, but i really don't want to do that. The current memory i have is the ocz platinum rev.2 and i really love it for overclocking. I know you cant' really get 1gb modules that are really good for oc'ing w/o spending a ton.

So... my question really is would it be worth upgrading to a skt. 754 mobo (w/ agp of course) and a a64. I want to get a 3000+ or a 3200+ with really good overclocking, or would i be better with an opteron? They key thing here is that i would like to be able to keep current video card.

Also, can i find skt 939 that takes agp?

What's really good steppings for lower lvl a64 that oveclock well?

Thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 8
Well just taking a quick look at newegg, I found a s939 board that has 1 AGPx8 and also a PCIEx16 slot...

Don't know much about AMD and steppings and good boards, but this one sounds good for further future upgrades

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157097
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First, here are the three socket 939/AGP boards I can find on Newegg..
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...n=&srchInDesc=

The Newegg users (if you give any credential to them) seem to like the EPoX board, and some even comment that it overclocks well. It even has a led display that can show critical information it seems.

That board looks like a serious candidate. Pair it with either an Opteron 144 for $77 or an 3700+ San Diego for $74.67 (OEM, and this is the BN version, which generally overclocks a little better), and with some luck, 3.0 GHz might be in reach

EDIT: for upgradeability, the ASRock looks decent, but I am not too sure how well it overclocks.
    
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i personally would get that motherboard posted above and a 3500 or a 3700 considering those are both around a little under $100 now
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post #5 of 8
There is a socket 939 and AM2 mobo (link from poster above) from AsRock yes. The socket 939 one is called DualSataII. Both boards have an AGP and PCI-e slot.
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I was just looking on newegg as well, it only had 3 boards that are skt.939 amd agp.

They are as follows:
1) ASRock 939Dual-VSTA Socket 939 ULi M1695
2) EPoX EP-9NDA3I
3) ASUS A8V-MX

Does anybody have these or have any experience with any of these boards? They're all pretty cheap, not that that means bad necessarily... but sometimes it does. I would prefer to stick with Nvidia chipset. The ASrock is uli.
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See my previous post. On paper, I am liking that EPoX, including some Newegg people stating positive things about overclocking.

Also, I gave some suggestions for CPUs to go with it

Indeed, the ASROCK is ULi, while the ASUS is mATX. I don't think either will overclock as well as the EPoX
    
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I seem to remember ECS putting out a Socket 939 AGP board that was decent, I doubt it will OC. I say drop the $100ish on a 3700+ Sandy core. I think it was Zip Zoom Fly that was shipping KACAE chips.
    
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