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June 3, 2012 11:51:37 PM

I have an a8n-sli deluxe board with an athlon 3200+, 3gigs of ddr ram at 400 and a 9800gt


I have been looking at an opteron 180 for $55(which is 2.4ghz dual core) and I plan to overclock it so I can run fairly new games at decent frame rates.


How will this work out? thanks guys!!


Im very interested in Batman Arkham City and Crysis Warhead. Thanks!!!
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June 4, 2012 12:17:59 AM

It would be better for you to save for better parts, you might be able to run those games with everything on low, but even then i'm sure your system will struggle.

Even just moving up LGA 775 would allow you to access chips that are worlds more powerful then what's on the ancient Socket 939 platfrom. If i were you i'd gradually save up and pick up a nice Sandy Bridge chip and Z68 or even P67 board, or if you don't need that much power and want to go a bit cheaper, then i'd go over to the AMD side and probably pick up either an AMD FX 6100/4100 and grab a cheap but decent AM3+ board.
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June 4, 2012 12:19:13 AM

Hard to say but spending money on a 939 system is hard. I have two in the closet and one running. My OPTY is doing fine with a 8800GT installed and does OK at 1280 x 1024 res. I am though not sure how your system is going to do with those two games I am doing fine with Mass effect 2 though. If that is your only option, budget wise I'm inclined to say go for it since it will play most things that is 2 years old or older.
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June 4, 2012 12:27:03 AM

well right now I can run crysis warhead and batman arkham city maxed out with no aa at 1920 by 1080 at over 10fps....how will this not give me a 20fps or so improvement? thanks for the help by the way!
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June 4, 2012 12:27:44 AM

my budget is $150 by the way
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June 4, 2012 12:31:15 AM

Go for it then! $150 would not get you much else!
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June 4, 2012 1:26:05 AM

Don't forget that you need new ram as well!
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June 4, 2012 1:29:11 AM
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June 4, 2012 1:35:59 AM

nevermind your deal is bettter. how often does newegg restock on such items?
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June 4, 2012 1:44:51 AM

and could I unlock a fourth core with that motherboard? and how good of overclocking can I get out of it? thanks for all the help!
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June 4, 2012 1:45:20 AM

They often have amazing combo deals!
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June 4, 2012 1:47:05 AM

Best answer selected by takepantsoff.
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June 4, 2012 1:48:26 AM

I am not sure about the unlock on that board but it will say in the specs.
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June 4, 2012 1:50:15 AM

takepantsoff said:
I can run crysis warhead and batman arkham city maxed out with no aa at 1920 by 1080 at over 10fps....how will this not give me a 20fps or so improvement?


/cry

edit: was this an oem system? Do you have a copy of windows to install?
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June 4, 2012 1:57:54 AM

lycros said:
/cry

edit: was this an oem system? Do you have a copy of windows to install?


I own windows 7
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June 4, 2012 2:16:01 AM

how is that comparative to the other board and cpu?
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June 4, 2012 2:25:30 AM

takepantsoff said:
how is that comparative to the other board and cpu?

It is better than the X3
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June 4, 2012 3:02:36 AM

I have a centurion cooler master case by the way I have no idea how to check a model number or something
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June 4, 2012 3:10:13 AM

Well every mobo linked so far is micro atx, so it should fit.
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June 4, 2012 7:42:00 PM

could they both sli? because I plan on getting a 9800gt 1gb to sli
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June 4, 2012 7:45:00 PM

No none of these cheap boards will do SLI! SLI will blow your budget.
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June 4, 2012 8:11:26 PM

oh.....okay sorry I feel like a noob haha Ill probably get like a 460 or something better depending on how prices change for christmas. What kind of performance will I get with the AMD board/processor and what kind of performance with the Intel? thanks!!! you guys are really helpful!!
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June 4, 2012 8:59:55 PM

I'd go for the intel cpu/mobo. It would offer more performance right now and later down the road you can upgrade to a more powerful CPU if you wanted.

As for the gpu I wouldn't bother trying to sli the 9800. Just wait until you can purchase a better card (and PSU if needed).
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June 4, 2012 9:03:07 PM

Agree the Intel is a better choice and will work well with a GTX460 when the time comes. It has better options on CPU upgrades down the line.
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June 5, 2012 2:29:03 AM

awesome thanks for all the help and I have a great 700 watt psu which in my understanding will be enough for just about anything!
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