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All this hype about dual core is gettin to me, and im wondering if i should upgrade my fx-55 to an x2 4400+? any input or experience? i can sell my fx for 160 or 170 on ebay and a 4400+ OEM costs 150 plus shipping, so its a fair price trade, is it worth it? i dont plan on changing to am2 or core2duo. i wanna squeeze all the life outa socket 939.
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get a Opteron 165..you have a good mobo, you should be able to get at least 2.8Ghz out of it, and it has 2 MB of cache
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Agreed. Opty 165 Very nice chip.
    
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i dont know anything about optys, so they'll perform well in gaming even tho they are server chips?
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also wouldnt that require better cooling at 2.8, when stock is 1.8, or are optys cool running?
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i dont know anything about optys, so they'll perform well in gaming even tho they are server chips?
Yes, they are basically the same as the X2 series except made with better material (for server stability) and hence usually can overclock more. Opteron 165 is the best bet for you. I have one and it is performing very well.
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optys are cool BECAUSE they are server chips.

believe me, 165 is your best bet, dont waste money on a conroe like me LOL....i dont even use half of the CPU power.
    
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Opteron 165's are legendary 939 overclockers
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post #9 of 16
The Opty 165 would be the best idea to go dual core, however it probally isn't going to offer a terrific improvement in gaming at the moment, as most games right now could care less how many cores you have.

I would suggest waiting untill you are ready for a socket change, then you would be able to get the next better CPU with that money you saved.

However if you are doing any sort of video encoding or recording your games with FRAPS or anything like that, dual core is well worth it to get right now.
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More and more games do utilize multiple cores, so the advantage is there.

Since you want to get the best out of socket 939, now is the time, before the CPUs become hard to find.

And you just need a 'normal' aftermarket cooler for the Opty (Tuniq Tower, Big Typhoon, etc.)
    
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