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Poll Results: Should i sell my FX-57 to buy a X2?

Poll expired: Nov 18, 2006  
  • 11% (1)
    Keep the FX-57 (and OC it)
  • 0% (0)
    Sell the FX-57 and buy a X2 4200 (and OC it)
  • 11% (1)
    Sell the FX-57 and buy a X2 4800 (and OC it)
  • 77% (7)
    Sell the FX-57 and buy an opty (and OC it)
9 Total Votes  
post #1 of 13
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I have an amdfx-57 and pretty happy about it. I usually have instant response, and never lag. But i've been monitoring my computer habits, and they seem to have 'caught up' to my single-core limitations.

i'm ALWAYS running:
- folding@home
- audacious
- firefox (at least one window with at least 10 tabs open)
- vmware (with winblowsXP taking 750MB of my 2Gb of ram)
- evolution
- azureus
- lighttpd
- mysql
- gaim

and this is fine, no lagg still since most of them sleep most of the time.


and i often need to run:
- mplayer
- another firefox window (with another 10-20 tabs open)
- blender3d
- gcc (make and emerge)
- gftp
- limewire
- theGimp
- bluefish or eclipse
- adobe after effects (in vmware, rendering a video)
- unrar (4gb videos)

so you can see that i often hit big lagg spikes and multiple processes that each ask for 100% of the cpu's attention.

i assume that i can alleviate this bottleneck by upgrading to a dual-core processor. is this true?

my FX-57 is clocked at 2.8Ghz and i can't overclock it because i have mismatched ram (me having 2Gb is more important to me right now than having a faster clock speed)

while my friend just bought an X2 4200 for $280 on sale at compoosa.
and he's gotten a stable OC to 2.6Ghz from the stock 2.2Ghz. With the same core and cache as the FX-60, isn't this a great value for an 'almost FX-60' ?

so my question is... should i sell my $1200 FX-57 for $650 and pick up an X2 4200 or 4800 then OC it ?

or would i be better off keeping my proc, and buying the fourth stick of ram that i need so that i can OC my FX-57 ?
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post #2 of 13
of course you can overclock your fx-57, you just have to run a 133 or a 166 divider, sheesh
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I don't think you can get $650 for that FX-57...
    
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post #4 of 13
lol...guess there are some opty fans...
~~edit~~what^^ he^^ said they are around 400 at the egg
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post #5 of 13
Sell it for however much you can get and use that money to buy a Core 2 Duo 6400 or 6600 and a nice motherboard.
post #6 of 13
I found a new was over $800 Doubt they get that for it though.
There's a Buy it Now for $440 but there are no bites so no idea wht it will bring today.
http://computers.search.ebay.com/FX5...Z1QQsofocusZbs

If you can get a good price I'd go for the 165 (9x) or preferably the flexability of the 170s 10x
    
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post #7 of 13
get an otpy 165 and cut the top off
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post #8 of 13
sell your FX and buy an Opteron 165 if you want to save some money

or use the money you make to get a core 2 system
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post #9 of 13
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thanks, i think i'm gonna see if i can get a core 2 duo and a decent mobo for it.

any recommendations? E6400 || E6700 ?
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post #10 of 13
Well, considering the fact that the FX-57 is a single core with 1MB cache (also a bit expensive for the performance) and the Opteron 165 is a Dual Core with 1MB cache per core (2MB). Although the stock speeds on a FX-57 is kind of high (Opteron is 1.8Ghz and FX is 2.8), good Opteron steppings usually hit 3.0GHz+. On eBay, people will usually bid big bucks on an FX-57 (300'S). With this, you can get an Opteron 165 and a good air cooler like Scythe, BT TT paired with a low-price TEC to keep the temps down

I don't know which CPU runs cooler since they have the same stock voltage, but the Opteron is clearly the winner.

I don't think getting a new C2D rig is nessescary, because the Opteron 165 has an exellent reputation. I'm not saying the Opteron can beat a E6400 or E700, but we're thinking about an even balance between price and performance.

An opteron 175 sounds even better, but its more expensive.
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