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i am looking to buy a new 939 processor for gaming nad possibly a little video converting.

i have had a look round and i liked the look of the athlon 64 3800+ (2.4ghz) and the x2 3800(2ghz)

i cant decide between these and i was hoping for some advice

thanks

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Originally Posted by stewart
i am looking to buy a new 939 processor for gaming nad possibly a little video converting.

i have had a look round and i liked the look of the athlon 64 3800+ (2.4ghz) and the x2 (2ghz)

i cant decide between these and i was hoping for some advice

thanks

stewart

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Definatly go with the Opteron 148, the X2 might be your other choice if you are going to do ALOT of multitasking. The Opty is cheaper than the 3800(2.4), the opty has more cache, often better overclocking ability. The only thing is the 3800+ runs at 2.4 and thats only a 200 mhz difference but the opty's can usually get to about 2.8 on air, some people get upto 3ghz on air..
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Definatly go with the Opteron 148, the X2 might be your other choice if you are going to do ALOT of multitasking. The Opty is cheaper than the 3800(2.4), the opty has more cache, often better overclocking ability. The only thing is the 3800+ runs at 2.4 and thats only a 200 mhz difference but the opty's can usually get to about 2.8 on air, some people get upto 3ghz on air..
Sometimes i wish i never came to this site....now i regret not buying an opteron.....
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Sometimes i wish i never came to this site....now i regret not buying an opteron.....
Don't feel that way! Overclocking an opteron is currently a fad (and I am on the bandwagon...lol). Soon the dual core performance will start to really show, and the market will shift to the x2's and other dual cores.

Many dual cores overclock well, you just need the hardware to do it. Same goes for opterons!

As for Stewart, I'd get the X2 3800 or a 3700 SD. You don't want the 3800 venice (the extra cache in the SD makes a nice difference). The X2 is a worthy adversary, and with the right ram and motherboard, you should be able to push well over the stock 3700 SD speeds.

By the way, welcome to verclock.net Stewart!!
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Sometimes i wish i never came to this site....now i regret not buying an opteron.....
You have a nice processor. I rather trade for yours than mine.
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This whole Opteron fad is getting a bit old. If you run stock, the San Diego Athlons are a better deal. If you OC, there seems to be a perception that because the opterons have more stringent testing (they are basically the same chip with higher testing standards) there is more potential to overclock. Of course this is subject to steppings which seem to make a signifigant difference as well. I have a 3700+ which is a bloody cheap cpu right now (with 1 mb cache) and a 4000+ which although not as inexpensive is also a really good performer. Dual cores are interesting but I guess it depends on your needs. I run my main rig for gaming and a single core 4000+ is the fastest AMD you can get short of the FX series. My second rig in my kids room is for her use as well as dvd ripping etc. A dual core is not needed by me at this point but for people who feel the need to be doing multiple processor intensive operations on a pc (digital encoding and game playing at the same time?), dual might make sense. In my office, I have a dual core intel based dell but I actually run half a dozen apps simultaneously and its needed (try building a powerpoint presentation and running Adobe distiller at the same time). There are definitely places that the different CPU's shine but decide what you need to do and your budget and go from there. Don't be swayed by the members of the forum raving about how high they OC'd their "opty". They probably spent endless hours getting their systems to that OC point, time I certainly don't have. I'd rather play a game in my spare time.
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I'm going with a 3700+
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post #9 of 16
Another alternative, although I'm not sure what the current price difference is, is to go with something like an Opteron 165; dual core, socket 939, overclocks to some degree. Personally, I have an overclocked Opteron 146 that handles my gaming, photo editing, tablet drawings, and every day stuff. You really can't go wrong with any of your choices. Make the purchase and do the best you can with what you have!
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i just had a look at the 4000, its got some good reviews. i think i might just go for a standard single core after all, but which one is the question - teh 3700 sd or teh 4000 sd (and possible the 3800 venice)
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