I am going to build a new pc which will be for gaming and i cant decide which processor to get the Opteron 144 or the Athlon 64 3200+. The Opteron is cheaper and could be upgraded to an Athlon FX in the future. What is the performance difference between the Athlon 64 and Opteron?
The Opteron 144 should perform adequately as a gaming CPU. If you are thinking about future upgrades, I think that the purchase of a motherboard like MSI's K8T Master2 FAR might be a good choice. You could drop in the 144, and later upgrade to the fx-51 or fx-53. Additionally, if you decided to drop in a 200 series (244 = $130 more than the 144), you could purchase a second processor later, and have a very powerful 64-bit dual processor machine. Drawbacks? Of course, not many applications take advantage of both processors, and all this will cost you $$$.
In the mean time, the 144 should run your games at least as well as an Athlon 2800 - 3000. Good Luck!
I think this should provide similar performance(probably a little slower in some apps) to an Opteron 144 and save you about a hundred bucks in the process. You can also upgrade to FX later if you so desire. Not sure on the exact performance numbers, but if you're point in going Opteron was to get good performance now with an upgrade path later, this chip should do the job quite well.
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