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Upgrading s939 to dual core?

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Hey guys,

With holiday money coming in, I was thinking of upgrading my SLI-DR to have a dual core CPU. I saw there are very few selections left for s939 dual core.

 

I don't need anything extreme and want to stay as cheap as possible so I'm thinking of one of these two:

 

AMD X2 s939 4400+ Toledo

2.2GHz 2x1MB cache

2000MHz HT

 

OR

 

AMD Opteron x939 170 Denmark

2.0GHz 2x1MB cache

1000MHz HT

 

What are the strengths and weaknesses of each CPU compared to one another? I don't overclock my system which is used for SOME gaming and is used as a media storage center which distributes music/movies/recorded tv shows to my roomates over our router. In the future it will probably be doing a lot of CD/DVD backups and encoding/decoding video files for storage. Oh yeah my computer runs 24/7 but I assume most every computer does now a days.

 

Thanks for your input!

Patrick

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is there any reason you dont want to OC? I mean the performance would be nuts say 2.8 vs 2.0 on the 170

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I just went for a 170 and I'm impressed. Was converting a divx movie to dvd while playing COD2. Enough said, other than they clock like mad.

 

 

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AMD Opteron 170 (280 x 10)

2x Pqi Turbo 1gb pc3200 (200mhz)

Asus x1900xt

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Onboard audio

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I'm waiting for the " get a 165 opteron they clock like mad" post.:rolleyes:

 

OP is not going to overclock, so it's all moot. get the 4400+ and enjoy.

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The 4400 will be a bit easier to OC with the higher multiplier.

 

I've gotten some really high overclocks with both and in all honesty the 4400 is just a bit easier on the less technically inclined.

 

Plus, DFI does not "officially" support the Opteron line which should make your decision just a bit easier.

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4x512MB Corsair Value Select (Dual channel running DDR333)

 

GL overclocking that.

 

Yeah too bad 4 sticks in 4 slots can't run at the intended speed. Wish I would've known that when I bought the board. But anyways, I like my PC quiet, it does what I want as is, no overclock. I use AMD C'n'Q and a fan controller... CPU fan spins 1% of the time. Also, my chipset fan died so I took the fan off and left it as is, chipset runs at 61°C. I'm buying a passive 7600gt when they come out with HDCP. As of now, all the blow holes on my computer blow cool air pretty much even under load.

 

I guess I'll go with the 4400+.

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Also, my chipset fan died so I took the fan off and left it as is, chipset runs at 61°C.

 

I highly suggest getting the Evercool VC-RE chipset fan. It is quiet and will keep you from screwing up your motherboard.

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I highly suggest getting the Evercool VC-RE chipset fan. It is quiet and will keep you from screwing up your motherboard.

 

I was thinking about getting it, but my case already sounds like a vacuum cleaner. My CPU even has C'n'Q enabled and the Zalman CPU cooler with 120mm fan doesn't even spin unless under 100% load. It must be the SLi 6600gt's and 3 case fans that are causing all the nosie. The HDDs are inaudible as well. My rig is slowly being transformed into a HTPC so noise is an issue.

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the VC-RE is a very quiet fan especially when compared to the stock fan. It's a worthwile investment.

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