I don't want to use other sockets, such as socket 939, because many people have told me that no current OS is yet optimized for such sockets.
????? what???? that's not true
It's not the socket that is not supported but the fact that an athlon 64 is 64 bit and the current os's only support up to 32. sockets do not interfere with OS, but it's just how it runs other stuff, such as the dual channel memory. ( BTW, the athlon 64 is different from athlon xp but most the same price)
But, the new windows 64 bit is coming real, real, real, really, i mean now, soon.There are even betas out for it. Why don't you just get a more advanced cpu if the price is almost identical and are just......... say.... more better? and new products are coming out which will support it and make it, say, about 2 times faster, for the same price?? Edit: Maybe not two but somewhere around there
Also, do you know what it means that it is not optimized for such sockets?? It means that no product has yet been able to run at the speed the athlon 64s can. That means, the athlon 64 has so much more potential within them that it is just waiting for it's speed to be released. It's like driving a ferrari at a local street. The max speed limit is 40 mph but your car can go over 200 mph. So you're just so eager to go over 40 mph but you're worried that you'll get caught by the police. When a high-way comes, you will go over 200 mph, cuz you're high. The highway is the new windows xp 64bit that is about to be released.
basically, the athlon 64 is running at the same 32 bit as intel but when windows xp 64 bit comes out, it's gonna blow their cpus away in to the dumpster.
Even if it's a OS not optimized for it it's still basically the same speed as the regular ones. It's not " not supported", it's a whole new different thing.