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worth upgrading from 3700+ to Opteron 170?

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I've been thinking whether I will benefit from upgrading my 3700+ (@stock) to an Opteron 170?


I mainly game and watch DVDs.
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it should make a HUGE different, can crank up higher max details for your games and play it smoother.
post #3 of 10
is yours overclocked? at the same frequency it would be worth it because you get dual core
post #4 of 10
I think that you will benifit most from OCing your 3700....saves money
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post #5 of 10
actually - how much are you gonna spend on it? For me, if i sell my old kit, a Core 2 Duo works out at £50 more expensive than an Opteron 165, and yet i get easily 60% more speed
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it should make a HUGE different, can crank up higher max details for your games and play it smoother.
The game may play smoother, but he certainly won't get higher max details.

His CPU isn't bottlenecking his card as it is.

I just upgraded from my 3700 @ 2.97 to this Opty 165 @ 2.7 (for now)

About two weeks ago. I have yet to see a performance increase in/out of games

But you will simply because your GPU is kind of weak, no offence.

For you it will definately be a good investment. All depends on what you do with your computer though to be honest.
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post #7 of 10
Just like Earth said above, I went from a 3700 to an Opty 165, and added another gig of RAM.

I saw a good increase. BF2 looks better, multitasking is improved greatly.

My friend upgraded just as I did except 3700 to Opty 170. He runs Vista, and really needed the extra horsepower. He was VERY happy with the results.
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post #8 of 10
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Thanks for the info guys.
One thing is I have forgotten to update my sig. I'm on a x1900 CF edition card (XT with 512mb)

The 3700+ is on stock at the moment.


(I'll update my sig now)
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Sure theres improvements to be seen by going dual core but those benefits won't be apparent unless:
A. You are playing games that are dual core threaded. ( most games out currently only take advantage of a single core)
B. Want to multi task (playing a game while you rip a dvd)
C. looking for better numbers in benchmarks.
I'm sure theres more but thats what popped into my mind ATM
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post #10 of 10
There is a masive thread on your MB int the AMD/Motherboard section. You can pick up a ton of tips on it and get that 3700+ OCed.
Once you get the hang of it you may get the X2 bug and want one. As the games become more DC optimized it will show it's worth!
    
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