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What would you guys recommend as best Opty upgrade for my system (specs below)? I don't mind spending $200 or $300.<br><br>
I'd rather spend extra money, than try to overclock.<br><br>
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Hello <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br>
Do you want dual core or single?<br><br><a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819103586" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103586</a> Would be a good choice: Opteron 170 2.0GHz dual core <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
Would hit about 2.5GHz + should you choose to overclock further down the line <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Well, I dunno the difference between dual or single. Which would be better????? I do not know how to overclock, so I would prefer something that has good speed right out of the box.<br><br>
Also, I'm sure this is a stupid question, but the Opty 170 is listed at 2.0GHz, while my current 2-year old CPU is listed as 2.2GHz. What am I missing?<br><br>
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The opteron 170 is 2, 2.0 ghz processors (its dual core)<br><br><br>
If you are going to go single core (Which i would recommend for primary gaming) then get a 3700+ athlon (check namrac and rustynators FAQ regarding good steppings). With the right sandy, you will hit 3 ghz on air for a very cheap investment. Dual core, depends on your budget but the 3800+ is an excellent choice (again not opteron but excellent overclockers).<br><br><br>
Considering the last steppings of athlon san diego core chips, there is no real benefit to going opteron.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">The opteron 170 is 2, 2.0 ghz processors (its dual core)<br><br><br>
If you are going to go single core (Which i would recommend for primary gaming) then get a 3700+ athlon (check namrac and rustynators FAQ regarding good steppings). With the right sandy, you will hit 3 ghz on air for a very cheap investment. Dual core, depends on your budget but the 3800+ is an excellent choice (again not opteron but excellent overclockers).<br><br><br>
Considering the last steppings of athlon san diego core chips, there is no real benefit to going opteron.</div>
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I agree on Robilar <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><br>
The 3700+ Sandiego's are good (see my sig) But definately get a good stepping one.<br><br>
Personally though for future proofing your rig a bit more I would suggest the opteron I posted earlier or an X2 of a similar speed <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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i say an opty 165, just because they seem to overclock better then the 170s do<br>
if you want to stay single core(dont), then get an FX55
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">The opteron 170 is 2, 2.0 ghz processors (its dual core)<br><br><br>
If you are going to go single core (Which i would recommend for primary gaming) then get a 3700+ athlon (check namrac and rustynators FAQ regarding good steppings). With the right sandy, you will hit 3 ghz on air for a very cheap investment. Dual core, depends on your budget but the 3800+ is an excellent choice (again not opteron but excellent overclockers).<br><br><br>
Considering the last steppings of athlon san diego core chips, there is no real benefit to going opteron.</div>
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Man, what' with people recommending single cores still???<br><br>
Get a 165, or a 170.<br><br>
Both are great at stock...and both will be very easy to overclock...
 

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i suggest you to go for a 165 since they are better overclocker than 170's (yea i have a opty 170 i know <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Roll Eyes (Sarcastic)"> )
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">i say an opty 165, just because they seem to overclock better then the 170s do<br>
if you want to stay single core(dont), then get an FX55</div>
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He does not intend to overclock, stated in his first post.<br><br>
I would go for the 2.0GHz since this is a good balance between price and performance if you are going to be running it at stock speeds.<br><br>
And the FX55 is overpriced and over rated.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic">He does not intend to overclock, stated in his first post.<br />
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I would go for the 2.0GHz since this is a good balance between price and performance if you are going to be running it at stock speeds.<br />
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And the FX55 is overpriced and over rated.</div>

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Ya, but for like 200 bucks....who cares? an FX for 2xx is a great deal...lol
 

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i have no doubt that he will overclock some<br />
even if its not ALOT<br />
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cuz theres nothgin wrong with doing it(right)
 

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<div style="font-style:italic">i have no doubt that he will overclock some<br />
even if its not ALOT<br />
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cuz theres nothgin wrong with doing it(right)</div>

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So, sounds like one of the following three might be best?<br />
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Opty 170<br />
<a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819103586" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103586</a><br />
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Opty 175<br />
<a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819103584" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103584</a><br />
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or, maybe the Opty 180????<br />
<a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819103582" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103582</a><br />
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Which one?<br />
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id wait and get a 165, but if you have to buy, and arent worried about cost, <br />
get the 180, becuase if its 12 multipler, will help LOAD during OCing
 

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Obiviosly, if you are running stock the 2.4 ghz version will be the best. IF you do decide to overclock, it really will depend on steppings.
 

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Get the 180. Me and my bro just bought one each and although I haven't had the chance to play with it yet, my brother has his at 2.9 GHZ on high end air without even trying! It stays cool as you like also
 

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Well, looks like I'm getting the 180 then. Thanks for the help gents.<br><br><br><br>
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simple as this.. if what u do supports duel core, go for the duel core. if its gaming and other apps that dont support duel core its better to go with the single core. so if u try to play a game on a duel core, one core will idle with windows doing whatever it does on it.. the other will work its rear end off keeping up with the game. or at least try too...<br><br>
at this point.. cpus are so fast i would say get the duel, u can do more with it, and even if ur favorite game dont use both, its not goinna lag expecially with that massive 2 gigs of ram u got
 

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Get dual no matter what. Its pointless shelling out for single core just for gaming, soon enough all games will support dual core anyway
 

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Thanks guys, I looked at these 3DMark05 CPU comparison tests<br><a href="http://techreport.com/reviews/2006q1/opteron-165-180/index.x?pg=13" target="_blank">http://techreport.com/reviews/2006q1.../index.x?pg=13</a><br><br>
Also, that same article showed pretty good gaming frame rates for the 180<br><a href="http://techreport.com/reviews/2006q1/opteron-165-180/index.x?pg=12" target="_blank">http://techreport.com/reviews/2006q1.../index.x?pg=12</a><br><br>
The Opty 180 seems to hold its' own pretty well............<br><br>
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