Upgrading CPU - Athlon 3500+ to Opteron 185?
Posted on 2007-10-11
My current desktop is a bit over two years old, running an AMD 3500+, Epox 9NPA nForce Ultra mobo, 2GB Corsair XMS RAM, Nvidia GeForce 6800 Ultra. I use it mainly for gaming and have shifted most of my web design, photo editing, and generally all of my work material over to a new MacBook Pro that I just bought; now I'm trying to decide whether to upgrade this current machine and keep it around for a while longer or build a new PC all together.
I was thinking about upgrading the 3500+ that I have to an Opteron 185. Yes, it's a server processor (and can't find any relevant benchmarks) but it would be a pretty big upgrade over what I currently have. I've heard nothing but good stuff about it from people that have bought it, and obviously it can't compare to a Core 2 Duo but whenever I DO build a new PC, this one will be turned into a server so the Opteron would definitely come in handy there.
But not being able to find any real documentation on performance, would it be worth it to spend the ~$200 on this to hold be over for a bit until I can throw together a new system, or should I hold off and just deal with the old hardware a bit longer? I've thought about grabbing a new video card while I'm at it and that would hold me over even longer from building a new PC, but I'm still torn.