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3800+ X2 or Opteron 170?

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  • 75% (12)
    Opteron 170
  • 25% (4)
    3800+ X2
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post #1 of 20
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I wanna go dual core because well... its the future. I wanna build something now and dont feel like waiting for AM2 nor conroe (if they impress me enough ill buy) But now is it worth the extra $100 bux for the 170 as it only has the more cache? What one has been overclocking better? I think i might save the money and go for the 3800+ but im not sure.

Opteron 170
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16819103586

3800+ X2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103562
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post #2 of 20
Go with the 170: I had an X23800 and it was a great dual core it was very OCable although alot of people couldnt get to 2.7, it really bugged me about half the L2cache as the 4400, 4800, and 170 and I want to OC to 2.8 which my X2 couldnt do. Your gonna hear alot of people say get the 165 and save some money over the 170

oh by the way I'm getting the 170, it should arrive tomm
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post #3 of 20
I would definatley reccomend the 3800, simply because I own it and love it. I managed to get it to 3.0Ghz with a pretty cruddy mobo, but then put it down to 2.8Ghz due to temps. The extra casche is NOT worth $100, there isn't a huge increase in performance, especially not $100 increase.

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post #4 of 20
there are really not many 3800X2s that are gonna OC that high, trust me ask alot of people on the forums the max is usually between 2.6 and 2.7 but like I said the 3800 is a great proc, you can prob get one cheap (maybe someone is selling one), the Xtra cache does make a difference from what I've read an xtra 200MHz
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post #5 of 20
I'd go with the Opteron, 2.6-2.8 should be fairly easy to get.
post #6 of 20
plus the Opty is an all around more stable CPU meant for harsher computing, its cut from better silicone wafers, again 3.0 on a 3800X2 is a definite rarity
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But is it worth $100 more though?
    
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post #8 of 20
yeah thats a good valid question, for me it finally was worth it, as long as I can sell my old one of course
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post #9 of 20
I have the 3800 and I love it. I immediately overclocked it to 2.6 straight out of the box without a glitch. It was running a little warm for my stock cooling (36/45), so I bumped it down to 2.4 and it screams thru everything I do.

Last night I was playing BF2 on the absolute highest setting, and I alt/tabbed out to check on the DVD I was encoding w/ DVD Shrink. It is awesome.

Save your money and get more RAM
post #10 of 20
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I have the 3800 and I love it. I immediately overclocked it to 2.6 straight out of the box without a glitch. It was running a little warm for my stock cooling (36/45), so I bumped it down to 2.4 and it screams thru everything I do.

Last night I was playing BF2 on the absolute highest setting, and I alt/tabbed out to check on the DVD I was encoding w/ DVD Shrink. It is awesome.

Save your money and get more RAM
i have 2gb of g.skill HZ on the side for this. Maybe ill just go for the 4400+
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