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Ahh... The memories I have of my precious amd htpc... all the hours on newegg, tiger, ebay, and craigslist looking for components

The time when my roomie supposedly just "turned off" off my box and it wouldn't turn back on, and I found out through numerous hardware swaps that not only was the mobo bad, but the PSU, AND the power cable!

Oh, and we can't forget when I told my fiance NOT to turn the airspray can upside down, and too definitely NOT spray it while upside down, in my box while it was on.... You can figure out the rest.


I can't do it.. I can't upgrade to C2D.. Not yet. I still want to use my trusty 939. I'm thinking she could use an Opty 165-170 and another gig of dual channel DDR.

Going to make it into my photoshop/folding rig... and still pull double duty as my media rig all while hopefully holding an OC @ 2.9-3hz (one can hope)


What do you all think? I don't have much to spend, but I really have the urge to find a good Opty and take it too its limits... but gosh, if eBay wasn't the worst place to find one... and I missed out on Kaxx's opty


Any thoughts? Should I upgrade the whole system?
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It looks like you've got one of the lower end 939 boards there. I hate to say it, since I have 3 GREAT running 939 rigs myself....but I'd honestly recommend you switch over to the dark side . If you had one of the sought after boards, then I'd recommend you stay 939 for a while, get an Opty and another set of your exact RAM. But I believe a complete system overhaul would probably do you better in this case.

I'm sorry to have to say that. 99% of the time when this question is asked, I say stick with 939.

Another thought...maybe you could turn your current 939 rig into a sweet HTPC rig (check my current sig rig that I'm workin on).
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What's your budget?

Commentary: Socket 939 is definitely still potent enough, especially for your stated intentions. Parts for the platform, though, are getting increasingly hard to find.

Hopefully you find a cost-effective way to strengthen what you've got.
    
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I wouldn't mind buying a new board.. I've been thinking about it for awhile now. Off the top of your head do you know of a good uAtx 939 board that will fit in my sff case?
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Well traded in my S939 Opty in January, and just try and bring me back

For the price of a new (used) Opteron you could get an E2200.

For the price of a decent 1GB stick of DDR400 you can get 2GB of performance DDR2.


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I wouldn't mind buying a new board.. I've been thinking about it for awhile now. Off the top of your head do you know of a good uAtx 939 board that will fit in my sff case?
Good luck finding one, heck good luck finding any, regardless of size!
    
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I could be way off on this, but I do believe the Biostar TForce series weren't too bad. I've only dealt with full ATX boards myself, and all three of my boards are SLI NForce4 boards, lol.
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I wouldn't mind buying a new board.. I've been thinking about it for awhile now. Off the top of your head do you know of a good uAtx 939 board that will fit in my sff case?
I have a Biostar TForce 6100-939. By reputation it is one of the most accomplished overclocking micro-ATX S939 boards available.
    
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What's your budget?

Commentary: Socket 939 is definitely still potent enough, especially for your stated intentions. Parts for the platform, though, are getting increasingly hard to find.

Hopefully you find a cost-effective way to strengthen what you've got.
I can spend up to $300 right now, but of course I'd like to keep it lower than that, as I could take all my parts and build up an AM2, a quite nice AM2 with the $300. Just reuse my case, HDD's, and x800xl. sell the ddr, board & cpu.
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I have a Biostar TForce 6100-939. By reputation it is one of the most accomplished overclocking micro-ATX S939 boards available.

I have the biostar geforce 6100-m9 (939), only because I didn't win the t-force. from what I understand the OC'ing abilities are the same though.
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I have the biostar geforce 6100-m9 (939), only because I didn't win the t-force. from what I understand the OC'ing abilities are the same though.
Well, I've owned the GeForce 6100-939/M9, and for sure they do NOT have similar OCing capabilities. Moreover, the T-Force has more robust components (better capacitors, higher quality VRMs, a more comprehensive BIOS).

Some users, though, have reported success in cross-flashing a T-Force BIOS onto their GeForce 6100-939s/M9s. I wouldn't try that myself...
    
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