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SLippe
02-08-07, 08:11 PM
I'm wanting to upgrade my CPU and was really lookin' at the FX-60, but it's kind of pricey. What I was wanting to know is this; What CPU can I upgrade to that will show a noticable difference with my S939 motherboard? I had already asked what the fastest CPU I could get was and that was the FX-60. My budget is around $200.00 and I don't mind buying an OEM version, as I wouldn't need the HSF anyways. Or should I just wait and try to get the FX-60 if all possible?

Suggestions?

a12ctic
02-08-07, 08:53 PM
get a opty 165 and overclock it, you can find them for under 150.

victorsays
02-08-07, 09:01 PM
How about a Opteron 165 or 170? They are well known for outrageous overclocks (2.7 - 3.0ish). It is made of high grade silicon because it is intended for servers and to run on low volts. And of course, it's significantly cheaper than the FX...for similar clocks.

SLippe
02-08-07, 09:06 PM
I'll take a look at the Opts. Thanks. Oh, and welcome to NVNews.net, victorsays.

EDIT: Okay, just looked at Newegg.com and I'm kind of torn between the 165, the 170, or even the 152. I say the 152 because the stock clock is 2.6, but not sure how well it overclocks. Looks like the 165 and 170 overclock pretty well. I guess it's a no brainer about the 170 over the 165, but what about the 152?

Opt. 152 Venus 2.6GHz (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819103592)

Opt. 170 Denmark 2.0GHz (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819103586)

Opt. 165 Denmark 1.8GHz (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819103588)

stevemedes
02-08-07, 09:33 PM
I'll take a look at the Opts. Thanks. Oh, and welcome to NVNews.net, victorsays.

EDIT: Okay, just looked at Newegg.com and I'm kind of torn between the 165, the 170, or even the 152. I say the 152 because the stock clock is 2.6, but not sure how well it overclocks. Looks like the 165 and 170 overclock pretty well. I guess it's a no brainer about the 170 over the 165, but what about the 152?

Opt. 152 Venus 2.6GHz (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819103592)

Opt. 170 Denmark 2.0GHz (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819103586)

Opt. 165 Denmark 1.8GHz (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819103588)


Dont get the 152, its only single core

Bman212121
02-08-07, 09:34 PM
I'll take a look at the Opts. Thanks. Oh, and welcome to NVNews.net, victorsays.

EDIT: Okay, just looked at Newegg.com and I'm kind of torn between the 165, the 170, or even the 152. I say the 152 because the stock clock is 2.6, but not sure how well it overclocks. Looks like the 165 and 170 overclock pretty well. I guess it's a no brainer about the 170 over the 165, but what about the 152?

Opt. 152 Venus 2.6GHz (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819103592)

Opt. 170 Denmark 2.0GHz (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819103586)

Opt. 165 Denmark 1.8GHz (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819103588)

The 152 is a single core. :thumbdwn:

I'd say go with either the 165 or 170 as well. You can save a few $$$ with the 165 as it is probably the same chip as the 170, but it is possible that the 170 could be from a better bin. I really wouldn't have a clue on that though. They are probably both about the same exact proc, so you probably are just rolling the dice to get the best clocking one.

SLippe
02-08-07, 09:35 PM
Dont get the 152, its only single core
Thanks, I overlooked that. Whew!

SLippe
02-08-07, 11:43 PM
I was even lookin' at the Opt. 175. Hell, I don't know! I may just wait until next week and get the FX-60. How would the FX-60 compare to say the Opt. 170?

Xion X2
02-09-07, 12:02 AM
The only benefit the FX-60 has is the unlocked multiplier. So think about your motherboard and how high you can push the FSB. If it's high, go w/ the Opty. If it's not, then you may want to go w/ the FX.

But as far as overclockability goes, the Opty is every bit as good, IMO. I have a friend that's OC'd his from 2.2-->3.1gHz on stock voltage and is dual-prime stable overnight.

SLippe
02-09-07, 12:57 AM
Yeah, I think the FX-60 is out. I just remembered that TigerDirect is the only one that has it right now and it's OEM. So, I'm back to lookin' at either the 165 or the 170 Opt. I wonder how much of an overclock I can get on the 165 since it's only 1.8GHz to begin with? That's why I was lookin' at the 170, because it's at 2.0GHz and I figured I can get a higher overclock with it.

jcniest5
02-09-07, 01:08 AM
Don't mean to hijack this thread, but is it worth it to go with S939 CPU or is it better to just forget it and go with Intel's as it's the champ right now? I'm battling between a higher speed S939 CPU and going with Intel's.

SLippe
02-09-07, 01:18 AM
Don't mean to hijack this thread, but is it worth it to go with S939 CPU or is it better to just forget it and go with Intel's as it's the champ right now? I'm battling between a higher speed S939 CPU and going with Intel's.
If you can afford to get an Intel C2D mobo and cpu, then go for it. I take it you already have a S939 mobo? For me, I can't afford a new mobo, so I am just going with a new S939 CPU. I just put in my order for the Opt. 170. I hope to have it on Monday. *crosses fingers* So, now the question; How much of a hassle is it going to be to swap CPUs out?

jcniest5
02-09-07, 01:23 AM
If you can afford to get an Intel C2D mobo and cpu, then go for it. I take it you already have a S939 mobo? For me, I can't afford a new mobo, so I am just going with a new S939 CPU. I just put in my order for the Opt. 170. I hope to have it on Monday. *crosses fingers* So, now the question; How much of a hassle is it going to be to swap CPUs out?

Yeah, I see three things I would need to get (moving from AMD's to Intel): New mobo, new CPU, new memory. If I just want a higher speed S939 CPU, all I need is just enough $$$ for a new CPU. I'm having trouble deciding now. :thumbdwn:

SLippe
02-09-07, 02:56 AM
Yeah, I see three things I would need to get (moving from AMD's to Intel): New mobo, new CPU, new memory. If I just want a higher speed S939 CPU, all I need is just enough $$$ for a new CPU. I'm having trouble deciding now. :thumbdwn:
I'd just say do like I did, get an Opty. It's Dual-Core and they overclock well. It's always tough to make a decision like that, but fun at the same time. Let us know what you decide.

Tr1cK
02-10-07, 09:35 PM
Not trying to hijack, just my 2 cents.

I was debating an upgrade on my s939 until the e4300 came out. I got it and the mobo for $255. Uses DDR ram.

Mr_LoL
02-10-07, 11:24 PM
Not trying to hijack, just my 2 cents.

I was debating an upgrade on my s939 until the e4300 came out. I got it and the mobo for $255. Uses DDR ram.
How well does the ASrock mobo overclock?