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    Hey guys, have a quick question for ya. I have a socket 939 mobo but the amd x2 athlon processors are becoming VERY scarce, so I was considering buying an opteron but I am not familiar with the performance of these processors. Would the opteron would still be ok for gaming? Reason I am asking is that recent events may require me to put off building a kick ass gaming rig. I may need to just upgrade what I have for a year or so. Here is what I am lookin at

    Any advice on the latest (and probably last) generation of agp cards would also be appreciated (preferably any that best buy carry, the girlfriend is thinking about getting me a vid card for dad's day :D ).

    Also, just to be sure, do you think I would see a real world performance increase over my existing processor?

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    Re: Proc and gpu upgrade

    I run an opteron 165 in my desktop. They game just fine, really no difference. Don't be scared of the fact that they call the opteron a server chip. the main difference is the larger L2 Cache on the optys. as far as performence data is concerned, i only know my Opty 165 performs side by side with the X2 3800(the 2GHz model). others i'm not sure about. but i know the opteron 170 and 165 are very popular among the overclocking community. i personally have gained 400 mhz on my 165. (although i did not keep it there because i had no reason to)
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      The Opterons were designed for server applications (namely being used in high volume datacenters), so yeah, they are more than suited for gaming applications. :D

      As far as performance over your existing one, it would depend on the cache size and speed of the Opty you choose. And also how much of the CPU is utilized per game.
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        That link didn't work for me, but I'm guessing its an Opty 165. If so, do it!! I've always ridiculous clocks you can push out of these. They're stock at 1.8, but have regularly read about people pushing up past 2.5 GHz. You may have different results with a different motherboard and RAM, but probably still be able to clock it higher than 1.8 safely. If you want more info, check out and look at the overclocking database for 165s, quite a few entries in there.

        Or, if you're not a fan of overclocking, search around for a s939 chip, they're still floating out there and generally can be had for quite cheap compared to "newer," CPUs.


        • #5
          Re: Proc and gpu upgrade

          The only 939 chips I can find on newegg are the optys and the 4200 x2 :( I wanted a bit more speed than that. ;)
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          • #6
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            Well, newegg is always the first place I look, but check out some more sites, and even possibly look at eBay, just be careful on eBay and make sure you're buying from someone trustworthy to not get a bad chip.

  ,, and many others are good sites to check out. A small site I've heard good stuff about:




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