i'm interested in purchasing a opteron 144 processor from a friend of mine. At the moment i'm running an athlon xp 2000 system running at 1.8ghz. Mostly i use my computer for web design, graphics package, internet and video editing. what i want to know is whether its worth purchasing the cpu and a new motherboard. will i see and feel the difference in performance?
I think that you will see and feel the increased performance BUT the detail that you have to buy a new mainboard (and maybe even new memory and some other stuff) does not make it worth buying this CPU.
If it is an Opteron 144 for Socket 940 you need to buy REGISTERED memory. The boards with single socket940 CPUs are already old fashioned. My advice would be: Don't spend money for such an old platform.
If it is an Opteron 144 for Socket939 you won't need registered memory. But even socket 939 is already discontinued - a dead end route and I doubt that it is worth to upgrate to this route.
Take a look at some online shops. The slowest CPU for socket AM2 will give you more performance than the 144 AND you would have an up-to-date system. Yes, you will have to buy new memory and a PCI-express graphics card but even low-budget parts from known manufactors (dont select no-name stuff) will outperform your old system and the 144 by far.
So if the 144 is for socket940 you would have to buy about the same amount of new hardware as if you switch to a brand new CPU with socket AM2 - except the graphics card. If it is socket 939 you will most likely have to buy a new graphics card (PCI-express will be present on most of these boards so the graphics card has to be bought) but you may keep your memory.
From my point of view the upgrade would be reasonable if you would get the CPU + mainboard for a fair price.
But please wait for some other opinions. I always tend to maximize the system specs.
cheers thanks for the reply, yes it would be a socket 939 cpu and i didn't think about the other components that would need upgrading so the costs would mount up. i'm after upgrading my system but your suggestion of buying latest technology seems like good advice.