View Full Version : New Gameing Rig Dual Opteron's or X2?

01-09-06, 02:25 AM
I was thinking of going the Dual Opteron route for gameing and essiently haveing 4 CPU cores running on one machine which is 2.4 x 4 starting off with one Opteron and upgradeing to a 2nd CPU down the road when software and games are threded for Multicore. Here is what Iam working with keep in mind Iam just a gamer. Iam thinking about running future games.

Setup #1

1x Opteron 275 Dual Core 2.2Ghz $1000
Dell FPW 2405 24" Widescreen LCD $898
Nvida G71???? $800
OCZ DDR PC-3200 2GB Registred $364
Supermicro H8DCE nForce Pro $360
Lian-Li PC-7BPlus $105
SoundBlaster X-Fi Platinum $150
Westren Digital Raptor 150GB 10K RPM $295
Setup #2

Dell FPW 2405 24" Widescreen LCD $898
AMD 64 x2 Dual Core 2.4ghz 4800+ $780
Nvidia G71 ????? $800
Lian-Li PC-7BPlus $105
OCZ 2GB Platnium EB (2x1024) DDR500 $345
Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe $220
Westren Digital Raptor 150GB 10K RPM $295
SoundBlaster X-Fi Platinum $150

I can save $379 going with Setup#2

But a year down the road I can add Another CPU and GPU to Setup#1

With setup #2 I can only add another GPU..

mmmmmm What would you do?

01-09-06, 04:20 AM
I would say go with the X2, 1# it's cheaper, 2# no expessive and slower ECC DDR is needed, 3# overclocks better due to better unbuffered DDR, 4# is 2x CPU's in one, 5# better mortherboard support (freqent BIOS updates) and upgrade ability.

01-09-06, 04:43 AM
Save the cash and go with the X2 for now. That'll give you the $379 bucks towards your 2nd GPU (maybe more cause I doubt the G71 is going to hit $800). By the time you're ready for the 2nd CPU the M2 sockets will be out, along with the new Opteron socket.

If you want to save even more cash, you could go with an X2 4400 for about 300 bucks cheaper and OC it to 2.4 easily, and even more easily (or higher) with that ram you're looking at. There's your second GPU right there.

With gaming you should be fine and future (multi-threaded) games should work nicely with only the X2. The only thing holding me back a bit is my GPU right now. If you're going to be doing more than gaming and don't care about the slower ECC RAM or price, then go with the Opterons. Video editing, compiling, 3D (software) rendering and all that are faster the more CPU's you can give them (if multi-threaded which alot of those apps are now).

01-09-06, 05:00 AM
Yea I was thinking of Just going for the X2 4400 Sence Iam gona be water cooled anyway.. then see if i can throw down for two G71's

When are the new AMD chips gona come out, and DX10 Iam gona be getting this system 2-3 months down the road should I just hold out longer?

01-09-06, 05:28 AM
harm after reading about the M2 dosent seem to be that much better... might as well just get pimp video cards. anyone got a guess of what the new G71's are gona cost would like 2 of them :P

01-09-06, 07:30 AM
From what i have been heairng about the same price as an 512 GTX.

01-09-06, 12:17 PM
I wonder if that will be the projected 512 GTX Price of $650 or the street price of $750-800 I guess its depending if they have to ship all there cards to Dell or not...

01-09-06, 12:19 PM
X2 :)