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Old 09-11-2006, 10:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question pros/cons of am2, or should i go 939?

im looking into building another rig for my friends when they come over so we can pwn in unison. right now on newegg, am2 x2 3800 athlon is cheaper than a s939 x2 3800, and what im wondering is if there is any performance gain with am2, like with the different ram and whatnot. thanks
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Old 09-12-2006, 03:21 AM   #2 (permalink)
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AM2 supports the DDR-2, whilst 939 dont. this results in future safety, plus maximum bandwidth from 14GB to 20GB (in case of AM2).

also, for AM2, nVidia's newest chiset nForce series 5 is out, which is even more advanced than Intel's newest 975 chipset. make your choice!
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The performance gain from 939 to AM2, isn't much but I'd still go with AM2 for future upgradability.
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what u guys are saying future upgradability? if a new processor came out in 2 year that uses the am2(i doubted it) then you would want a new motherboard anyway. And no AMD hanvent said anything about am3 working on am2, ppl are just speculating. Build 2 systems with the amd x2 3800 939 and am2 which ever is cheaper pick that one.
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jeezus, pc3200 prices have like doubled! the same set on newegg that i got for $140 for a 2gig set is now about $230... ddr2 is probly more expensive then that, but then i can also use it on a future conroe system, so i think ill go am2
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tell me about the RAM. I spotted a sweet deal on RAM at the begening of last week, and by friday when i ordered my build the price had jumped up 40 bucks. And by the next week it had jumped up about 40 more.
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so odd, its like doubled in price
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The only difference I can see right now is the RAM difference and the fact that more AM2 mobo's support 3gb/s SATA. The cheapo DDR2 is around the same price (maybe a few dollars more) than decent DDR (pc3200). I chose 939 on my current X2 4200+ build because of the current support. I usually build a $1k-1.5k computer every year or two so I'm not worried about it being "futureproof."

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Go conroe... I wish i had. my asus with the 3800 x2 cant oc past 2.2ghz...
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Go conroe... I wish i had. my asus with the 3800 x2 cant oc past 2.2ghz...
Should have gotten a DFI, not that crappy Asus M2N sli board you dont even need.
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