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What would you guys recommend as best Opty upgrade for my system (specs below)? I don't mind spending $200 or $300.

I'd rather spend extra money, than try to overclock.

thanks


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post #2 of 21
Hello
Do you want dual core or single?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103586 Would be a good choice: Opteron 170 2.0GHz dual core

Would hit about 2.5GHz + should you choose to overclock further down the line
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post #3 of 21
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Well, I dunno the difference between dual or single. Which would be better????? I do not know how to overclock, so I would prefer something that has good speed right out of the box.

Also, I'm sure this is a stupid question, but the Opty 170 is listed at 2.0GHz, while my current 2-year old CPU is listed as 2.2GHz. What am I missing?

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The opteron 170 is 2, 2.0 ghz processors (its dual core)


If you are going to go single core (Which i would recommend for primary gaming) then get a 3700+ athlon (check namrac and rustynators FAQ regarding good steppings). With the right sandy, you will hit 3 ghz on air for a very cheap investment. Dual core, depends on your budget but the 3800+ is an excellent choice (again not opteron but excellent overclockers).


Considering the last steppings of athlon san diego core chips, there is no real benefit to going opteron.
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post #5 of 21
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Originally Posted by Robilar
The opteron 170 is 2, 2.0 ghz processors (its dual core)


If you are going to go single core (Which i would recommend for primary gaming) then get a 3700+ athlon (check namrac and rustynators FAQ regarding good steppings). With the right sandy, you will hit 3 ghz on air for a very cheap investment. Dual core, depends on your budget but the 3800+ is an excellent choice (again not opteron but excellent overclockers).


Considering the last steppings of athlon san diego core chips, there is no real benefit to going opteron.
I agree on Robilar

The 3700+ Sandiego's are good (see my sig) But definately get a good stepping one.

Personally though for future proofing your rig a bit more I would suggest the opteron I posted earlier or an X2 of a similar speed
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post #6 of 21
i say an opty 165, just because they seem to overclock better then the 170s do
if you want to stay single core(dont), then get an FX55
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post #7 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by Robilar
The opteron 170 is 2, 2.0 ghz processors (its dual core)


If you are going to go single core (Which i would recommend for primary gaming) then get a 3700+ athlon (check namrac and rustynators FAQ regarding good steppings). With the right sandy, you will hit 3 ghz on air for a very cheap investment. Dual core, depends on your budget but the 3800+ is an excellent choice (again not opteron but excellent overclockers).


Considering the last steppings of athlon san diego core chips, there is no real benefit to going opteron.

Man, what' with people recommending single cores still???

Get a 165, or a 170.

Both are great at stock...and both will be very easy to overclock...
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post #8 of 21
i suggest you to go for a 165 since they are better overclocker than 170's (yea i have a opty 170 i know )
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post #9 of 21
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i say an opty 165, just because they seem to overclock better then the 170s do
if you want to stay single core(dont), then get an FX55
He does not intend to overclock, stated in his first post.

I would go for the 2.0GHz since this is a good balance between price and performance if you are going to be running it at stock speeds.

And the FX55 is overpriced and over rated.
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post #10 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by MjrTom
He does not intend to overclock, stated in his first post.

I would go for the 2.0GHz since this is a good balance between price and performance if you are going to be running it at stock speeds.

And the FX55 is overpriced and over rated.

Ya, but for like 200 bucks....who cares? an FX for 2xx is a great deal...lol
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