OPTY upgrade really necessary???

bilpier

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First time post here!

Hi guys! I have a 1 yr old MSI RD 480 Neo2F1 S939 with an AMD 3800X2 and 2 37 Gig raptors in raid 0 + 2 250Gig WD's Sata2 in raid 1. Video card is a MSI NX6600-TD256E Lite. Memory: 2X1Gig OCZ Platinum DDR 400 at 2,3,2,5 std settings.

Since I am not a gamer but enjoy multitasking, I was thinking that maybe an OPTY 165 or 170 could be a final upgrade to a (soon to be obsolete !)socket 939 Mobo. Would there be much advantage over what I already have? Is O'c a must and what settings would be optimum?

Thoughts from anyone out there?

Thanks in advance!

Bilpier (in Canada)
 

muffin

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Do you overclock at all? The Opteron's strong point is their overclockability, being premium chips. Your 3800 x2 runs at 1.8 GHz, if I'm not mistaken, so the Opteron 165 is not going to help much at stock, being clocked at 1.8 ghz also. The only advantage would be the larger cache on chip. If you clock the opteron to 2.6 or 2.8 GHz, then you will definitely notice the difference whenever there is a good load on your system. My Opteron 170 has been running at 2.6 Ghz for just over a year now flawlessly, so for that kind of speed bump they are worth it, especially if you get a good price on them. A 170 is just over $200 CDN here in Alberta, so if your 3800 doesn't overclock that far, get the Opteron before they are all gone.
 

bilpier

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Thanks for the reply;

I've tried o'clocking from 2.0 to 2.2 succesfully but, it does not seem worthwhile since I do not know where to set my memory timings being a noob at overclocking.

Could you post online adresses to purchase sites in Canada for the opty 170 at decent prices?

Thanks again!

Bilpier
 

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the only real gain you would get from buying a opteron was if you overclocked it,i wouldn't think that going from 2ghz-2.2ghz and a bigger cache would be much of an upgrade. i would say overclock that 3800x2 as far as it can go before paying for a not so much faster new cpu
 

bilpier

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Thanks for the 2 links; however, living in Qc, I am wondering if you know of suppliers that would be closer??

Many thanks again and best holiday wishes!

Bilpier :lol: