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i had an opty 165 at 3 gigs back in the day... (about a year ago) you do need to get one with decent stepping to get 3 gigs out of it...

i worked for a pc shop at the time and went through all the OEM 165 optys and finally got one that would do 3 gigs... id say that almost any opty 165 will do 2.6 with a decent board and cooling...
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might just get the 4000+ and take that to 2.8 for now until nvidia release decent enough drivers for vista and ill do a complete upgrade and go crazy for these "next gen" dx10 games
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You'll need to get a good stepping a relatively decent cooling system.
True.

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I recommend the Tuniq Tower or the Ultra 120 Extreme. Both will push that chip to 3.0 because of their great ability to dissipate heat.
The Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme doesn't come with any Socket 939 mounting hardware. The "normal" Ultra 120 does, however. Just be wary when ordering.

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Look at some of the threads in the AMD section. You'll know which steppings to look for and which ones to avoid.
One word about steppings: These are not hard and fast rules. As with everything in overclocking, your mileage may vary. What one rig can achieve, yours may not, even if both rigs are composed of the same components. There are simply too many other things in the equation, variables that cannot be controlled precisely.


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The Opteron 165 is the best choice for a socket 939 system in regards to price/performance.
This is most true with a motherboard that can scale its HT frequency high.

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might just get the 4000+ and take that to 2.8 for now until nvidia release decent enough drivers for vista and ill do a complete upgrade and go crazy for these "next gen" dx10 games
Dont shy away, the drivers right now are Ok, not great, maybe 5% worse than the XP ones but they are generally fine - I'm getting 60fps in STALKER on max settings. Honestly spending £50 for an extra 300mhz is a waste of money, you really wont feel much difference from 2.5 to 2.8 on one core. If you want to upgrade either go for an X2 3800/4200 or Opty 165 now as each of those WILL make a difference to performance or stick with what you have until you can afford to build a whole new system.

I went from a 3500+ @ 2.5ghz just the same as you to my X2 3800+ and noticed a big difference even at stock, and it is now running at the same clock as I has my 3500+ and it is much faster. Simply getting a different single core up to 2.8ghz will barely make a difference at all
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