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I have an AMD 3200 on Socket 939, and was thinking of getting a Core 2 Duo. I know they're the best processors out, but I was wondering if I could get a decent enough upgrade in my current socket (because it'd be a real freaking hassle to swap out motherboard, especially seeing as I still use DDR1)
I want to be able to run Crysis, and I know their minimum is a 3000, but I want to know what people's recommendations are. I just spent $280 on my new 8800GTS so I don't want to spend too much. (chances are, I won't even get a new processor for a while anyway)
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a dual core opteron would be a good choice
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Sounds good to me I guess. Should I care from the fact that Newegg seems to say it's made for servers?
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It is made for servers but the fact that it has 1mb cache, dual core and high overclockability make it good for games too. I don't know too much other than that but this should be a good upgrade: AMD Opteron 165 Denmark 1.8GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket 939 Dual Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103588
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Opty 165 would be your best bet..im hoping to get one soon aswell to suck the last drops of life left in my skt 939.
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165 is a great option... but you may appreciate the extra flexability of a 10x multiplier the 170 offers.

Keep an eye open in the For Sale section, some good deals pop up there !
    
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I may actually wait for the Crysis demo anyway; when I saw the Cascades demo, they said "Yeah, by the way, all the physics is on the GPU as well..."

Until then I had been worried when I saw that 'landslide' shot on the highway in Crysis. (Anyone know what I'm referring to?)
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165 eh?...Is there any reason not to bump up to a 180 or something? I mean, I would actually be going DOWN in clock speed, so I'd have to count entirely on dual-core optimization.
I have a $14/hr job for a month so I can certainly afford something more.
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165 eh?...Is there any reason not to bump up to a 180 or something? I mean, I would actually be going DOWN in clock speed, so I'd have to count entirely on dual-core optimization.
I have a $14/hr job for a month so I can certainly afford something more.
Opteron 165 for the price.

More expensive models of Opteron aren't different from the 165 except for the CPU multiplier maximums (assuming all other things being equal). The more expensive the chip, the higher the CPU multiplier.

The 165 has a 9x multiplier; the 185, in contrast, has a 13x multiplier. Higher multipliers are great for motherboards that have poor scalability in their HT bus ("FSB").

As far as potential top speed, though, there's no difference between the least expensive and the most expensive chips within the same architecture/chip family. In other words, potentially all dual-core Opterons have similar top speeds. The only difference would be that, using the stock top CPU multiplier, the most expensive CPUs have less headroom (because they're closer to that maximum potential speed) compared to the least expensive.

Hope this helps!
    
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So you're basically saying the others are just overclocked?
OK then. I'll just need to be sure I can successfully overclock the 165 without screwing something up. (In all my time here, I have yet to successfully overclock something...)
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