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I was looking at upgrading the computer I didn't even get yet. It has a AMD FX-55 in it, and I was looking to get a Opty 165. I heard that some of their steppings are really good overclockers. I just don't which ones. I want to overclock to a decent speed. Also, how much should I expect to pay for it???
    
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You can go here and look at some of the good overclocks.
How much would you pay, I'm not sure, I know they were pretty cheap on newegg.

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Just looked on newegg they are out of stock.

They're $200 at Zipzoomfly, not sure if their good stepping there right now though.
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Would the Opty 165 dual core be a lot better then the FX-55 OCed??
    
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Would the Opty 165 dual core be a lot better then the FX-55 OCed??
People will go both ways with that question, but I can say that my single core 3700+ at 3.0ghz is fast and I have no complaints about it. I think if you get a good OC out of the FX-55 you wont be disappointed. If you fold then you could fold with both cores then with a dual-core. Also might see a dual core being slightly better if your multi-task a lot. Also chances of getting the Opty to 3.0ghz is less likely compared to the FX-55, unless you got one of the Opty golden steppings.
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What is that golden stepping?? Lol
    
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I've been looking and I really want to get a opty. I multitask a lot and I game somewhat, but not enough to keep whichever one is better for gaming. I plan to get a water cooling setup when I get the money. I am really considering the Opty 165. Does anyone know if it will work good on a Asus A8N Deluxe mobo???
    
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Quote:
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What is that golden stepping?? Lol
CCBBE 0610 is considered by most to be the "best" opteron 165 stepping out there, alot of them being able to hit 3.0 on air. My opteron which is a CCBBE 0617 is able to hit 3.0 on water, stable at 1.535 vcore. I personally dont see the need to pump that much voltage for a 200mhz gain, im fine with 2.8 @ 1.39! Opteron are great, but you have to understand, with an FX-55 you are all but guaranteed a great overlock, with a opteron you are not. You might get the best stepping out there (ccbbe 0610) or the worst one out there (the majority of the ccbwe steppings). It will work just fine with that motherboard.

Here is a great site for stepping information: http://wiki.extremeoverclocking.com/...eron_Steppings
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I personally, would go with the opteron given the two choices at hand.
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Well the specific one I was looking at says that it is about 2600 on there. CCBWE 0607UPBW is the stepping. Overall would the 2.6 dual core be faster then a say maybe 3.0+ overclocked FX-55?
    
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overall, your best bet will be the dual core. I went from an Opty 150 doing 3.0GHz, to a crappy stepping Opty 165 doing only 2.6GHz, and it did games & apps faster. Booted into Winblows about the same, too. Anything that multi-threads will do better on two slower cores than on one faster one.
    
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