I'm configuring a new PC but I'm not sure which CPU to get. I want to have Dual Core and initially looked at the 64X2 3800 but now I've seen the Opteron 165 selling for the same price. Which one is faster? I guess thats a relative question given what I want to use the PC for. Well it will be used as a home Desktop/ network server. Main apps used are word, excel, photoshop, usually I run multiple apps at once and have noticed that many programs like internet security suites run in the background taking up resources and cpu time.
I'm building the PC for some future proofing, so should I use a socket 939 or something else? I don't understand the speed specs for each of these cpu's especially as the opteron's have lower clock speeds compared to the 64X2. Oh, one last thing I will be overclocking down the track. I hope you can provide some assistance?
did a quick search, seems like people are pushing the Opteron. Can anyone explain the model numbers, eg, 165, 170 etc? how do I know which model to get? Don't tell me I have to search for that question too
Get a 165 Opteron. Very good OC'er and pretty much is the going fad right now. I just got mine all setup and I love it so far. I haven't OC'd it yet but from what I understand, I can get it run like an FX60. Hopefully if I don't turn it into a charcoal briquet, it'll run that way. :wink:
1. Price; it's the cheapest dual core Opteron AMD makes
2. It's an outstanding overclocker. Like everyone said, you can OC to Athlon FX-60 speeds. So if you're an overclocker, it's pointless to spend the extra bucks on a 170 or 175.