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Socket 939 upgrade options: Athlon 64 X2 4800 ... or?

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December 18, 2006 8:51:12 PM

I want to upgrade my current system. Which 939 processor is best to get considering I can't spend more than 300 on it?

I have been considering the Athlon 64 X2 4800, which is the best X2 you can get for the 939. Last week it was was listed on newegg for 250.00, now its unavailable anywhere (unless paying a huge sum, some places asking upwards of 500, 800, 1000 dollars--whats up with that?).

Also, I prefer going dual core since most of what I do is multitasking.[/b]

My current system:
Motherboard: DFI LANPARTY UT nF4 Ultra-D
RAM: OCZ Gold Series 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC3200)
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Manchester 2.0GHz
Cooler: ZALMAN CNPS9500
GFX: Geforce 6600 128MB

Thanks for the help,

Darshan
December 18, 2006 10:19:40 PM

None are, you may over clock your 3800X2 to 2.7ghz ish and get FX-60 results o.b.
December 18, 2006 11:03:32 PM

Thanks for the feedback guys...

I am not into aggressive overclocking for a few reasons.

I would like to upgrade since Socket 939 is being phased out. Knowing that I'm not going to overclock, would you still say that the Opteron 180 or 64 X2 4600 (can't find 4800 anymore) is "not worth it"?

(BTW, the CPU was $350.00 when I bought it last year from newegg.)

I'm also planning on upgrading the ram to 2 x 1GB. Leaving the GFX as is for now since I am not into gaming.

I suppose another option would be to upgrade to AM2. It sucks that AMD is discontinuing the 939 chips. Its only been a year since I bought this board.

Thanks,
Darshan
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December 18, 2006 11:13:36 PM

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Buying an X2 3800+ right now and overclocking it to 2.6 GHz will, in all likelihood, match the best official dual core processor that AMD will release during the next nine months. (You might also try to get one of the dual core Opteron chips, with which many people are overclocking to 2.8 GHz and beyond.)


From anandtech.com article: http://anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/showdoc.aspx?i=2650&p=...

(The article was written Dec 2005.)
December 18, 2006 11:21:21 PM

i would say stick with your x2 3800.
the biggest performance you will see is going
from 1 gig to 2 gigs.
December 18, 2006 11:29:26 PM

Thanks for the informative post... I'll check out my high frequency RAM options.

Darshan
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