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post #11 of 22
Thats pretty much what hes saying...... its just that the higher stock clocked chips are overclocked from the factory.... they are warrantied.... but what fun are warranties anyway.
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In point of fact, anything at stock frequency is NOT overclocked.

But I do understand the gist of what Katana said: Compared to the Opteron 165, the 185 is quite a bit faster. But this does not mean the 185 is overclocked compared to the 165. It only means that, at stock frequencies, the more expensive 185 is faster.

To sum up: Overclocking = boosting the speed of a chip beyond its stock setting.

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post #13 of 22
It shouldn't be too hard to overclock with that mobo you have there, it's a good one. I say get the Opteron 165 or the X2 3800 - 4200. Don't forget a cooler too if you don't already have one drop about 20-30 bucks for a Gigabyte G-Power or Freezer 64 pro
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post #14 of 22
Opty 165 are great overclockers. My one is stable at 2.8ghz using stock volts and 3ghz using 1.5v
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post #15 of 22
opty 165

'nuff said
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post #16 of 22
Well, I guess it's all dependent on your budget. If you don't have much to spend, I'd go for the Opty 165 per iampoor's advice. If you have more to spend, keep your video card (obviously, it's primo) and get a new CPU (Core 2 Duo of some sort, depending on budget), RAM (DDR2) and a decent 775 motherboard.

So, what exactly is your budget then?
    
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post #17 of 22
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I have an order placed for the Opteron 165, and it should actually be arriving today. I'm going to be needing a lot of help figuring out how to overclock it...
I'd like to just not bother with a new cooler, but it all depends...how far can I get with the stock cooling?

Choggs: I just wanted to know whether the change to an Intel CPU would actually be worth the price needed for a new motherboard and RAM. From the way things are sounding...AMD is probably fine for now.
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post #18 of 22
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Originally Posted by Katana View Post
I have an order placed for the Opteron 165, and it should actually be arriving today. I'm going to be needing a lot of help figuring out how to overclock it...
I'd like to just not bother with a new cooler, but it all depends...how far can I get with the stock cooling?

Choggs: I just wanted to know whether the change to an Intel CPU would actually be worth the price needed for a new motherboard and RAM. From the way things are sounding...AMD is probably fine for now.
if i remember right, the Opty heatsinks are beasts as far as stock goes. quite a few people here use them in lieu of getting other aftermarket ones
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post #19 of 22
You should be able to get a few hundred MHz over stock with the stock cooler. However, something like the Tuniq Tower or Thermalright Ultra-120 will definitely be required to really goose it up there.
post #20 of 22
NOOOooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo. ...

I wish I had gotten here sooner! Oh well..

Gaming wise, I can be very honest with you, the CPU does NOT pull a lot of weight. Since you already had an 8800GTS, upgrading in the same socket, unless you're coming from "budget" like Celeron and sempron to highend, like extreme, there is no benefit from gaming. I can tell you right now, I upgraded CPUS from an Athlon X2 3800 to an E6300, with the same video card, and ATI X800XL, and there was NO DIFFERENCE IN GAMING. I could only game in the same resolutions!!

the only small difference I noticed is when I had something like 10 windows of firefox open, or if I burned a CD and say played a game at the same time, or downloaded 3 huge files with bittorrent at the same time as playing a game.
For gaming, say what you will but upgrading in the same socket is never a good idea unless you're going to extremes. (E6300 to QX6800 or athlon 3200 to FX-60) even then, DURING the game itself, the video card and the memory is the one that maxes the difference, and the cpu takes care of the other stuff running in the background.

the problem is always that you run the same ram, the same video card and the same motherboard, which is why you cannot really compare such an upgrade "fairly" say from athlon 3200 to E6300 because it's different motherboards, different ram, but I can tell ya right now, if it were the same video card, you wouldnt see much of a difference to warrant the upgrade.

Dont believe me? run the CPU benchmark on 3dmark06....
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