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Which CPU is the best for the moeny?

  • AMD Athlon X2 3800+ $322

    Votes: 9 21.4%
  • AMD Athlon X2 4400+ $497

    Votes: 6 14.3%
  • AMD Athlon 64 3700+ $228

    Votes: 8 19.0%
  • AMD Athlon 64 4000+ $334

    Votes: 1 2.4%
  • AMD Opteron 148 $229

    Votes: 9 21.4%
  • AMD Opteron 150 $311

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • AMD Opteron 165 $359

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • AMD Opteron 170 $420

    Votes: 4 9.5%
  • AMD Opteron 175 $487

    Votes: 3 7.1%
  • Intel Pentium 4 640 $216

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Intel Pentium 4 650 $271

    Votes: 1 2.4%
  • Intel Pentium 4 660 $408

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Intel Pentium D 830 $319

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Intel Pentium D 840 $538

    Votes: 1 2.4%
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Ok, out of the these CPUs, which one do you think is the best for the money?

AMD Athlon X2 3800+ $322
AMD Athlon X2 4400+ $497
AMD Athlon 64 3700+ $228
AMD Athlon 64 4000+ $334
AMD Opteron 148 $229
AMD Opteron 150 $311
AMD Opteron 165 $359
AMD Opteron 170 $420
AMD Opteron 175 $487
Intel Pentium 4 640 $216
Intel Pentium 4 650 $271
Intel Pentium 4 660 $408
Intel Pentium D 830 $319
Intel Pentium D 840 $538
 

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Go with the Opti 170 if you want to o/c it. Its way cheaper and a better proc then the x2 4400, not that is a bad chip or anything. I've got mine at 2655mhz now and in everest cpu tests its walking all over x2 4800 and quad zeon setups. This is a great dual core chip!
 

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Originally Posted by pjlietz

Go with the Opti 170 if you want to o/c it. Its way cheaper and a better proc then the x2 4400, not that is a bad chip or anything. I've got mine at 2655mhz now and in everest cpu tests its walking all over x2 4800 and quad zeon setups. This is a great dual core chip!

Have your tried to find your max OC? If so, what is it?
 

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Im still working on it, I have only had it for a week or so. I think it will hit atleast 2.7 or so. Most people with x2 4400's are getting around 2.5 or so from what i've heard.
 

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Im still working on it, I have only had it for a week or so. I think it will hit atleast 2.7 or so. Most people with x2 4400's are getting around 2.5 or so from what i've heard.

I highly doubt 2.5 ghz is the max on 4400's lol. Where are you getting your info? links please
 

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For starters im getting it from my buddy's system. I have also read it in the forum here somewere, I will see if i can find it before i go to work.

P.S. Not a single low end component in my buddys rig and it's w/c'ed so heat isn't an issue.
 

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x2 4400 is the best deal got the 2x1mb l2 cache and it just a tad slower than 4800 for about $300 less so if u lookin for a good x2 proc get the 4400
 

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The opti 170 has the same cache but a slightly better memory controller making it the best deal even with out a major overclock on it.
 

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Go with the Opti 170 if you want to o/c it. Its way cheaper and a better proc then the x2 4400, not that is a bad chip or anything. I've got mine at 2655mhz now and in everest cpu tests its walking all over x2 4800 and quad zeon setups. This is a great dual core chip!

I have an x2 4400 and I have it stable at 2.7 with 1.45 vcore and value ram
 

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The opti 170 has the same cache but a slightly better memory controller making it the best deal even with out a major overclock on it.

The 170 will perform slightly slower than the X2 at identical speeds. As far as the Opterons having a better memory controller, I'd have to disagree. If they perfrom slower at identical speeds, that pretty much assures you that they simply have their timings relaxed a tad. It's the only other possibility other than the cache timings being lowered, but I don't think that's the case.
 

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The 170 will perform slightly slower than the X2 at identical speeds. As far as the Opterons having a better memory controller, I'd have to disagree. If they perfrom slower at identical speeds, that pretty much assures you that they simply have their timings relaxed a tad. It's the only other possibility other than the cache timings being lowered, but I don't think that's the case.

So, IYO, which would be better: and Opty 165 or a X2 3800+?
 

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So, IYO, which would be better: and Opty 165 or a X2 3800+?

If I was buying it blind, meaning that I couldn't see the steppings on either, I would select the cheapest price I could find between the 2. If I could see the steppings, I would go with the better stepping, whichever model it turned out to be.
 

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So, IYO, which would be better: and Opty 165 or a X2 3800+?

I would go with the 165. I have not heard of a 165 that was an extremely poor overclocker AND you get 1MBx2 AND it's usually cheaper than the x2 (oem version that is)
 

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Why is intel in the vote when you're posting this in AMD section?

Because I think Intel chips are very good as well, but there is no "CPU Gerneral" section. I posted it in here since there are more AMD CPUs in the running then there are Intels.
 

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So, IYO, which would be better: and Opty 165 or a X2 3800+?

I would go with the 165. I have not heard of a 165 that was an extremely poor overclocker AND you get 1MBx2 AND it's usually cheaper than the x2 (oem version that is)

well you get 2x1mb with the 165 and 2x512mb with the 3800

right now at newegg retail version 3800= $322
165= $330
and im pretty sure that your gaurunteed to oc the 165 to 2.0 ghz no problem so it seems like your paying $8 for an extra 512 mb of cache (which aint to bad)

i dont really care either way but as far as a deal i would go with the 165 and even if you only get it to 2.5 or 2.6 it will still perform onpar with a stock $700 cpu
 

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I heard more people saying opteron is better overclocker. Why there is no opteron 144/146 and AMD64 3000/3200/3500? Is there a rule in this poll to only pick those >$200?
 
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