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Just wondering what the best CPU would be for my current motherboard and ram and how much it would cost . I'm looking to upgrade since it's running too slow for my tastes atm.

Mobo and RAM should be found in my sig. Also I won't be overclocking it and I'd like to keep my current 350W PSU.
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post #2 of 15
I would go with an Opteron 165 dual-core. One of the best Socket 939 processors around for about $100. Can't go wrong with the dual-core, or the server-grade manufacturing.
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post #3 of 15
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Originally Posted by Bacchus451 View Post
I would go with an Opteron 165 dual-core. One of the best Socket 939 processors around for about $100. Can't go wrong with the dual-core, or the server-grade manufacturing.
Agreed see my sys specs.

However it is worth bearing in mind that these CPU's have a low multiplier of 9 which means you need a board that can do at least 300MHz FSB to get the best out of these CPU's. Im not sure how your board performs but bear this in mind.

Alternatively the Opty 170 and 175 are also very good as are the X4200's. These have higher stock operating frequencies. These CPU's are great overclockers and would be a shame not to at least overclock them a little. (hardwre depending)

Try and get the chips with the 1MB cache per core as these perform slightly better

EDIT: Give us a shout if you need help choosing a specific CPU
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post #4 of 15
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I'm not that troubled with price range, your advice to go with an Opteron has had me looking at the Opteron 185. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103002

Thoughts?
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I'm not that troubled with price range, your advice to go with an Opteron has had me looking at the Opteron 185. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103002

Thoughts?
They are excellent CPU's If you can get one at a good price

Also worth bearing in mind, have you checked that your boards BIOS supports the Opteron range. You may need to do a BIOS update before it is recognised. Not a big issue but worth checking
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post #6 of 15
MjrTom is right: Your decision ought to be based on your motherboard's capability to scale its HT ("FSB") frequency range rather than the CPU's potential maximum speed. The reason? If your motherboard isn't capable of scaling to about, say, 300MHz or slightly over, this means that, if your intended new CPU is one of those golden ones capable of reaching the magical 3GHz, if it has a x9 multiplier (the Opteron 165) then it can only ever get to about 2.7GHz, leaving 300MHz inaccessible.

This is one of the best reasons why it's imperative to independently test your component subsystems' maximum capabilities before settling on a maximum, everyday overclock. (By this, I mean your motherboard's maximum potential HT frequency, your RAM's maximum potential speed, and finally your CPU's maximum potential speed.) Only after determining these maximum capabilities do you find your sweet spot and integrate all three for the theoretical maximum functional and stable overclock (subject to final adjustments borne from stress testing, of course).

By the way, the above was just an outline illustration of my method of overclocking.

Hope this helps!
    
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post #7 of 15
Most mobo can hit 280-300HTT (fsb), so a Opty 170 or 175 should be enough.
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Hold on, I'll check the max FSB in my BIOS
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post #9 of 15
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Sorry for double post:

It seems my FSB can go up to 400, at least it displays that option in the Cell Menu in the Bios. There was something that was called HTT Rate and it was set to 5x and that was the maximum, but that might depend on my current cpu?
The BIOS was called Phoenix awardBIOS or something lol, excuse my noobness
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post #10 of 15
I'd go with an Opteron 170 for it's higher multiplier, that or an X2 4200 as it has the 2mb cache.
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