I built a computer a few years back using the A8N-SLI Deluxe motherboard, which uses a 939 socket chip. I've finally decided to break down and upgrade my single core chip to a AMD X2, but it seems impossible to find a dual core chip for under $250-300. Are these chips basically discontinued? Do I need to go the E-bay route at this point?
Here is what I got for $300, at Frys.
Phenom II 920 Quad
Crucial 2x2 (4)gig DDR2 1200mhz memory.
And it runs circles, over and over around my old socket 939 4600X2, DFI lanparty 3200CFX setup.
Oh, and sorry, just sold the board, CPU, and 4 gig of Patriot DDR2 for $150.
Yup, you gotta go with eBay if you want a dual core 939 chip. That's a high end socket 939 board, so I can see why you want to upgrade it, but don't spend more than $150 on the chip or it's not worth it. When you consider that you can get something like a crossfire or sli AM2+ board with a 5000 -5400 X2 CPU (depending on the combo deals) and 2GB of RAM for around $170 + shipping at new egg it's hard to justfiy spending more than $150 on a socket 939 chip.
I know the 4800X2s can go for like $250 on eBay, which is crazy, but the 4200 - 4400 X2s are more reasonable. If you're bidding for it try and get on one that ends like early in the morning or when everyone is at work. Bids seem to go higher around 5-11 pm ^_^.
it seems impossible to find a dual core chip for under $250-300. Are these chips basically discontinued? Do I need to go the E-bay route at this point?
You can find a few dual-core socket 939 CPUs on eBay. There is at least
one FX60 plus a few 4200 and 4400 chips on there today. Prices are
very high compared with equivalent AM2/AM2+ devices. It would be
very difficult to justify spending $200-300 on an old CPU when
you could get a faster CPU complete with a new mainboard and
RAM for the same price.