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I'm planning to upgrade my rig. Look in sig for details.

The things I want to upgrade:

CPU
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Offcourse, the world is in hype of the Core Duo cpu's, but i'm not a people-follower. I'm looking for something powerfull !

So, my first idea was a E6400, that's right in the budget; but then I noticed some opterons being very cheap. I know these are server cpu's, but that just proves they are extremely powerfull( ? nope)


The opterons in my price range

Opteron 248
Opteron 246
Opteron 170
Opteron 152


I'm not an AMD man, I never got an AMD before. My brother has a sempron 2500; Athlon 3000+ and a 4800+ . But I don't think it's the same(As in, SERVER CPU -> ALOT OF POWER / WATT)


So can anybody help me out here? thnx
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post #2 of 19
Server cpu's save power, lol that's the idea but if you want to upgrade CPU/mobo/ram go C2D
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LOL I tought they would consume more, rofl.

PC will be used with CPU-BASED games (like CS:S)
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post #4 of 19
My opteron 165 gets around 200fps in CSS but i would wait and get a 65nm opteron that will be like 65watts
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When will they be introduced? I don't have a really high budget (€230) for my CPU so ... If they introduce those opterons and they are like $650, it would be a lil' bit out of my price range.

Did u overclock your opteron? Are opterons good overclockers?
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post #6 of 19
They might already be out and opterons are like the best AMD oc'ing cpus... most people with 165's get 3ghz easy
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post #7 of 19
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Originally Posted by PaRaDoX View Post
My opteron 165 gets around 200fps in CSS but i would wait and get a 65nm opteron that will be like 65watts
The 65nm versions are only for AM2.

S939 is being outphased by AMD soon.

Oh, and you can't use the 2xx series, because they're S940 and not S939.

But for those, I'd take a 152. Xavier has a 152 for sale in the For Sale section, and it has a 1337 stepping which hits up to 3.4GHz on good water.
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post #8 of 19
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am2 or 939; I don't really care. Can somebody give me some types of opterons that are am2? I've searched in the local shops website but they are all 939
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post #9 of 19
Are you going to be heavily overclocking?

If you've got a tight budget, go for an Opty 165 (Dual Core) or an Opty 144, depending on what you can get - their both Socket 939.

Pair it with 1GB of decent overclocking RAM and an overclocking board - if you want really overclockable choose DFI - and overclock the nuts off it
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AM2 Opterons are the Santa Ana Core and the 1210 is the equivelant of the Opty 165.
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