939 socket Mobo upgrade HELP ME!


Dec 23, 2007
Warning- noob comments follow, so please go easy on me if i stuff up any comments;)

I have a computer, suffering savage cpu issues atm, and need to upgrade.

I only play online poker with it, but i have a MASSIVE postgres database (that MUST be running while i am playing) as well as numerous other applications while i am on the poker felt. Playing for real money, online, so things must be stable, etc.

Love my current setup, (until my database became huge), and my database is going to get bigger and bigger day by day!

I dont play any computer games, but have four monitors to play poker with, and things are fine (except for the cpu issue and database!). Running xp, happy with it. Have just started playing around with dragon naturally speaking, and realise i will need more oomph (actually, even without dns, really need more oomph!)

My current thinking is i should just bung in an opty 185, with a stock cooler, and maybe oc it a bit. SOunds like i am up for about $230au or so for a 180 (cant seem to find a 185 on an aussie site, and the yanks dont ship here ?WTF? why not?)

However, i am aware my 939 has issues, and the other option is to upgrade it

I do, however, have NO IDEA what is involved in upgrading. Do i need a new mobo? If so, what should i do? What cpu options would this open up to me?

*CPU-Z 1.42 report file*
> *Processor(s)*
> *Number of processors* 1
> *Number of cores* 1 per processor
> *Number of threads* 1 (max 1) per processor
> *Name* AMD Athlon 64 3500+
> *Code Name* Venice
> *Specification* AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 3500+
> *Package* Socket 939
> *Family/Model/Stepping* F.F.2
> *Extended Family/Model* F.2F
> *Brand ID* 4
> *Core Stepping* DH-E6
> *Technology* 90 nm
> *Core Speed* 2211.5 MHz
> *Multiplier x Bus speed* 11.0 x 201.0 MHz
> *HT Link speed* 1005.2 MHz
> *Stock frequency* 2200 MHz
> *Instruction sets* MMX (+), 3DNow! (+), SSE, SSE2, SSE3, x86-64
> *L1 Data cache (per processor)* 64 KBytes, 2-way set associative, 64-byte line size
> *L1 Instruction cache (per processor)* 64 KBytes, 2-way set associative, 64-byte line size
> *L2 cache (per processor)* 512 KBytes, 16-way set associative, 64-byte line size
> *Chipset & Memory*
> *Northbridge* NVIDIA nForce4 rev. A3
> *Southbridge* NVIDIA nForce4 MCP rev. A3
> *Memory Type* DDR
> *Memory Size* 1024 MBytes
> *Memory Frequency* 201.0 MHz (CPU/11)
> *CAS# Latency (tCL)* 2.5 clocks
> *RAS# to CAS# (tRCD)* 3 clocks
> *RAS# Precharge (tRP)* 3 clocks
> *Cycle Time (tRAS)* 8 clocks
> *Bank Cycle Time (tRC)* 11 clocks
> *DRAM Idle Timer* 16 clocks
> *Command Rate (CR)* 2T
> *System*
> *System Manufacturer* System manufacturer
> *System Name* System Product Name
> *System S/N* System Serial Number
> *Mainboard Vendor* ASUSTeK Computer INC.
> *Mainboard Model* A8N-SLI DELUXE
> *BIOS Vendor* Phoenix Technologies, LTD
> *BIOS Version* ASUS A8N-SLI DELUXE ACPI BIOS Revision 1013
> *BIOS Date* 07/26/2005
> *Memory SPD*
> *2* 1Gig, 2* 512Mb, all corsair
> *Software*
> *Windows Version* Microsoft Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 (Build 2600)
> *DirectX Version* 9.0c

I know all of this is a bit old, but it is perfect for what i do, except for the cpu

All help and advice much appreciated!


Aug 26, 2007
Toss an Opty 165 in it, undervolt it AND OC it to 2.25 Ghz, piece of cake.

LOL, you'd never find an Opty 185, or an Opty 165 on the market. Good luck with that one. I got one quite a while back and I STILL have the Opteron 165 CPU box on my desk, I love it that much.

If AMD wanted to solve some financial difficulties they should CRANK out a TON of Opty 165, 175, and 185's. Everyone is that happy with them. AMD is being stupid by ditching the 939 "you won't need to upgrade the 939 platform for a LONG time" people, who got screwed.

Oh, and the HSF that comes with the 165 has copper heatpipes too LOL! I love my Opteron, it is amazing. Stable and cool as hell!