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I have two questions if anyone can help me....

1. I have a gaming rig with:

AMD x 2 5600 (Brisbane)
Asus M2N-SLI deluxe (AM2)
8800GTS 512
2 Gig DDR2 6400
XP pro 32 bit

I want to upgrade the CPU (this will be the last upgrade before I build a new gaming rig)

Im considering either:

AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 6400+ 3.20GHz (Socket AM2)
or
AMD Phenom X4 Quad Core 9950 2.60GHz Black Edition (Socket AM2)

Question is: Which will I see the biggest performance increase from at stock speeds?

2. I'm about to order the parts for a home server which will run a number of different services 24/7 (media streaming, web server etc etc)

I'm considering a Intel Core 2 Quad Pro Q6600 "Energy Efficient SLACR 95W Edition" 2.40GHz (1066FSB) for the CPU.

1st question is:

Does anyone have any alternative CPU they would recommend for this job? (Quad core-low power)

2nd question:

What motherboard would you recommend for this CPU?
(It must support 8Gig of ram, overclocking is NOT a factor, must be incredibly good quality and as future proof as can be expected)

Thanks in advance :toast:
 
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1. 9950
2. I use this for my server at work http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103255
Mobo Love this board http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138128
Just a thought. Are you set on Intel for the server?
No I'm not set on anything atm.

I currently run 2 x P4 3Ghz servers that use approx 180w each at full load and the plan is to have the new server replace these. That's the main reason I need a quad core due to the number of services it will run.
 
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Opteron.

That's all I gots to say
 
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Yeah, you really can't get more heat and energy efficient than an Opteron!
 
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Thanks for that, I'd completely forgotten about those:laugh:

Any motherboard you would recommend?
 
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how bout going Phenom II?
 
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@spearman914 could be for his rig BUT not for his server.
 
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how bout going Phenom II?
Well that's the thing, I really dont know and I'm looking for advice.

What I do want is 4 cores and 8Gig ram, I have all the disks I need, case and a 7800GT so its just a CPU/Mobo combo that will run:

Apache
MySQL
Web Jukebox application (Java/Tomcat)
A few http/php/mysql web apps
iTunes
Real time down sampling/transcoding
FTP server

This will be running 24/7 and being accessed by 5-10 users.

My 2 x P4 3Ghz PCs just about handle this but are very noisy and use a ton of power. :shadedshu
 
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Yea obviously. I didn't think i have to mention for someone to realize.
I'm 99% sure the mobo in the gaming rig in OP will not accept a PII :ohwell:
 

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Definitely go with an opty for the server. Thats what the are built for (they have better silicon than the mainstream chips) I love my opty, can't say a bad thing about it.
 

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They do! I am personally messing with my overclock again. I had the voltage set to auto which was dumb. Still don't know if I should change the HTlink from auto...