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Opteron 165 or 170??

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Ive deicided to get an Opy dual core after reading alot of posts, but now i cant decid between the 165 or 170. I want to overclock to at least 2.4ghz with stock cooling and try and get it to 2.6ghz. I know th 165 is at 1.8ghz and 170 at 2.0ghz. Im not sure if i want sacrifice .2ghz. i also want to upgrade my ram to either 2g or 3gs. i was thinkin Cosair value select RAM, i do alot of video editing and gaming, and when OCed it would have to stay on almost 24/7.

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Opy 165 $325
Opy 170 $397

Not sure which one to get.
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The average 170 won't overclock 200Mhz higher than the average 165. Essentially, they're both the same CPU but the 170 has a 10x multi compared with the Opteron's 9. I'd have thought your board should go past 300Mhz HT, so the 9 multiplier of the 165 shouldn't be a problem. However, if the board is only stable upto say 280Mhz then the 170 would be the better choice.

If you feel you need 3GB for video editing then go for it. Value ram is fine as long as you only want to run it at ~200Mhz. If you want to overclock it then you'll need better quality stuff.
For gaming you won't really see much difference running quicker ram; for video editing you might see some improvements. Depends if you think the extra investment is worth it really.
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id get the 170 because it gives you head room for the 10x mutiplayer but if your tight for cash get the 165
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I'd say just stick with the 165. I hear pretty good things about them.
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The 170 sounds good because of the 10 multipler and is only $75 more. As for the RAM i dont plan to overclock and im thinkin either gettin another set of 2x(512) or 2x(1gb) of value cosair.
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i found with my value ram, to get 2403 with my cpu, i have to have like a 267 HTT, but this means i can only use dividers that run my ram at 171 or like 218, and 218 is unstable. so i think the 10x multiplier will be useful to you if you dont want to be running the ram too high/too low.
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