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Alright, right now I'm running an Asus A7N8X-E Deluxe with an Athlon XP 2400+....I'm looking to upgrgade but I dont know whether to do a whole system or just processor or just board. I really like this motherboard, but I'm thinking about getting the Athlon 64 FX-55 Socket 939 Dual Core....its pricey but I fell in love

What do you guys think?
post #2 of 15
Hi there,

First off, welcome to the forums. It would be helpful if you could update your profile with your current system specs and also provide a budget on how much you're wiling to spend on upgrades.
post #3 of 15
I would not go for the FX55, since that's still a single core CPU. The FX 5x series are single core, while the FX 6x series are the dual core oens.

Best right now is the Intel Core 2 Duo, but you'll need a new CPU, mobo, and RAM, which will run up to $500 at least.

alternatively, I'd look at the Dual Core CPUs AMD has to offer, like an X2 3800+ or better. Much better choice than the FX 55
    
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if you want to get into overclocking, get an opty 165. its relatively forgiving and doesn't require much voltage to get it to decent speeds.
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I have to agree with Chozart. I know that AMD have reduced their prices but even an E6300 can be overclocked to outperform their best CPU's provided it's matched with the right board and has sufficient cooling and power.
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I have to agree with Chozart. I know that AMD have reduced their prices but even an E6300 can be overclocked to outperform their best CPU's provided it's matched with the right board and has sufficient cooling and power.
yeah, but to get a good overclock w/ it you have to spend 200 bucks on a motherboard.

opty 165 = $159 @ the egg. good stepping 2.8 to 3.0

decent overclocking motherboard = >$100 bucks

so for around $260 you're getting a killer 3.0 GHz opty w/ a good motherboard....
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I thought I remebered seeing that the FX-55 was dual core on the egg...o well must have misread.
Thanks for the welcome guys! So without replacing the motherboard, you think the 3800+ would be the best bang for the buck? I'm only looking to spend around $250 for the processor.
I'm at 2.0gHz now, I should also look at upgrading my old 9600...but I'm going with the processor first! Video card will be some other day! haha
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For $250, I would get a dual core CPU. Mind you I was recommending the X2 3800+ and not the (single core) 3800+.

Actually, when looking at prices and availability, I would suggest the following:

1) get an Opteron 165 for $155.99. If you get a good stepping, 3.0GHz is possible, and even with 'bad' steppings, you can hit 2.7GHz usually. Dual core CPU, 2x1MB cache... good performer.

2) put the rest of the $250 aside for a new motherboard, which you will get when you upgrade that video card. You're currently running AGP, which is outdated. This DFI LANPARTY UT nF4 Ultra-D Socket 939 for $104.99 is a good one to save for.

3) Upgrade the video card and the motherboard when you have enough money. Around $100 for the mobo (see under 2), and about $150-$200 for a nice video card. For around $200 you should be able to get an ATI Radeon X1950PRO, and for around $120 you can already get an 7600GT. Either card is a major upgrade from what you have now.

4) what RAM do you have now?
    
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So the Operon165 is a dual core?
And you think that its better even though its only 1.8gHz clock speeds? The one i have now is 2.0gHz but the Operon 165 i could clock to 3ghz? I guess i dont understand what you're saying
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the opty 165 is a better overclocker than the x2 3800+ you may only be able to get the 3800 to 2.8, but u could get the opty to like 3ghz, so the opty is better for overclocking, but u need a good mobo to help that out too
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