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I need to replace my venerable but aging Opty 165 for the sake of gameplay, what'll get me there without dropping $400 for a new mobo and CPU.
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Your best bet would be a q6600 at maybe 3 ghz. If you want to stick with amd, then I don't know. The only amd processor I ever used was a turion 64, so if I know anything about amd, it's just about the laptop procs. Either way, you can find some pretty good prices on q6600's now, or an e8400, which overclock a bit more easily.
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Opty 165 CCBBE at not stock volts and higher overclock perhaps?

A cheap Intel / AMD quad should cost in the $300 range (for CPU + motherboard). Though you would need DDR2 RAM too.

Come to think of it, it really won't bottleneck it badly in games, 3DMark might, but thats a whole nother story.
    
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I'd look at a great, inexpensive P35 mobo and a Pentium Dual-Core CPU! With my settings at stock, I was able to achieve over 10k in 3DMark06! With CPU clocked at 3GHZ and GPU stock, over 11k

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819116052

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130095

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231166

Totaling less than $250
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Its gona cost you money no matter how you look at it..
No point in upgrading to a better 939 AMD

your going to need
Motherboard - I suggest evga 750i if SLI 189$ - if not GA p35 DS3L
CPU - E7200 - 129$ (great deal on a 45nm chip)
and 2x2GB Ram around 100$

All in all your lookin at about 500$ Unles your memory will carry over to new build then its looking like 400$
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best thing to take away that bottleneck would be a p35/p45 board and an 45nm chip which can do 4 ghz. Like the e7x00/8x00
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post #8 of 23
What bottleneck? I see ABSOLUTELY nothing wrong with the OP's sig rig. Yes, it'll "bottleneck" in 3DMark...but who sits there and stares at 3DMark all day instead of putting the rig to real use?

On my sig rig, I scored 11129 3DMarks in 06, at 3.0GHz and a VERY slight overclock on the GPU. Does that matter? The same GPU and clocks on a Q6600 would've done probably 15k or better. But does that mean the Q6600 is going to actually game any better? No. It'll get 1-5 FPS AT BEST better than my setup does.

I also get 35.xx FPS all high 1280x1024 in the Crysis Benchmark at those clocks. And that score has actually beaten SOME C2D's and C2Q's in that benchmark.

I PERSONALLY don't see any point in "upgrading" your rig. Going AM2...you wouldn't notice a SINGLE bit of difference in actual gameplay (1-2FPS tops I'd THINK). Going C2D or Quad...yeah you'd notice a few more FPS in your games, but not enough to warrant a complete upgrade IMO.

Then again, I'm not one to just go out and waste money. If my rig plays everything I want, then I see no reason to upgrade it. There is of course a limit to that theory (cough Still Legendary cough)....but you get my point. You've got quite a respectable clock speed for an AMD CPU, 2GB of RAM, good GPU....I personally see no reason to upgrade. There are still THOUSANDS of users even here at OCN that still use AMD equipment, and 939 IS NOT very much slower than AM2 at all. Not enough to warrant an upgrade.

I'd say stick with what you've got until you can't game any more. DON'T sink MORE money into that rig.....but save it for a whole new build when you can't game at the settings you want anymore . That's my advise.

EDIT:
Not ONLY the points I made above, but you're also running a 22" widescreen LCD. Which would be roughly what....1680x1050 res? That's getting to the point where a "CPU Bottleneck" is neglegable. Honestly at that resolution...your graphics card is doing MOST of the work when gaming. Not all, but most of it. I see absolutely NO bottleneck in your system. It's just a REALLY well thought out 939 system . Yes, that socket is what, 4 years old? I'd LOVE to see a Pentium 4 or Pentium D game as well as I bet you can...no matter the GPU. If you were on a Pentium 4/D...then I'd recommend an upgrade. But as is, I see no point to it because you WILL NOT see very much of an improvement. You'll see a little bit, but not enough to warrant a few hundred bucks...especially with the new SOCKETS on the way (Nehalem, and whatever AMD has up its sleeve).

Again...sit and wait on it. I'll be keeping my sig rig for probably at least another year...I'm going to get the absolute MOST out of my money as I can get. And I've had this rig for 1.5 almost 2 years now (with upgrades obviously).
Edited by pioneerisloud - 7/2/08 at 3:53am
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post #9 of 23
I agree with Pioneerisloud. You really don't need to upgrade, but if you were to, I'd go with an E7200/E8400 + a P35/P45 motherboard and what ever money you have left over for DDR2 ram.
Edited by wire - 7/3/08 at 8:08am
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I also agree with pioneerisloud, great post btw!
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