Originally posted by sammytheman
right now I have:
dfi lanparty sli-dr
2 gig ram
amd 64 3500
What is the top 3 CPUs money can buy for socket 939? I guess I can just upgrade the video card and cpu.
thats right lance i meant to include the opty's in there as well...
the top 3 cpu's imo would be:
opteron 165, a fantastic overclocker...if you have a hsf you can get oem, but the one it comes with is great:
opteron 170, a little more expensive, but cheaper than building a new rig...i don't think you can get higher overclocks with this one than the 165, but stock speed is a little higher:
x2 4400 toledo oem, has the 1mb cache, a little higher stock speed than opty 170, a little less $ than the 170, a little more than the 165:
all in all i think if you are going to overclock the 165 is the best deal to be had. 160 bucks and it will run circles around your 3500(and probably my 4200, lol).
as far as the video card upgrade, i would wait on that and see how the cpu is going to help things. a 7800gt is a pretty awesome card, better than my 7900gs...which means to get better performance i think you'd have to go to a 7950gt/gx2, or an 8800gtx. which both cost a good deal of money at the moment. i'd wait on that. 8800 should drop a bit in a couple/few weeks. it certainly will if ati's new card is priced lower.