[BALU] Dualie deal at newegg and death of an obsession.
jgoodguy at charter.net
Mon Jun 11 11:21:38 CDT 2007
yea maybe like the http://tinyurl.com/25cgql for a C note.
There are some sub $100 MBs for this baby.
OHHHH the agony.
Thomas Stover wrote:
> Well for obsession sake you might want to contemplate the L2 cache.
> Xeon still beats that. Opteron is really the Xeon competitor though. I
> love must say that I love my Athlon 64 X2 3800 home workstation.
> jim wrote:
>> AMD Athlon 64 X2 3600+ Brisbane 1.9GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2
>> Processor - OEM
>> $59.00 including shipping.
>> as comparison.
>> A pair of used 1.8 zeons are $34 including shipping on ebay. (3600
>> total same as above athlon)
>> I like old school, but when new stuff is less than $25 from old stuff
>> and the hassle of finding a MB is much less and the total package of mb
>> and procs might be the same, then old school may be the more
>> expensive. The other thing is that you need a case that can handle an
>> extended ATX case for most xeon MBs. (there are full ATXs out there,
>> but rarer). While, if you are a bit strange, you can put a X2 on a
>> micro ATX.
>> I have not shopped the intel side, because the deals that have passed my
>> way have been AMDs.
>> My current estimate for a dual 4400 xeon is $40 for the MB and $40 for
>> the procs including shipping. That is if you shop and are patient.
>> My 4400 MB and procs ran about that. Real patient and lucky can shave
>> $15-20 off of that. Total $80. And there were issues with heat sink
>> mounts and back io plate(none) The proc supports MMX, SSE, SSE2,
>> OTOH, Frys was selling AMD X2 4400s for $70 including shipping(OEM no
>> fan) (05/24) and a nice retail MB for it was $50 from Newegg including
>> shipping. Total $120 for the new vs $80 for the old. The proc
>> supports MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, Enhanced 3DNow!, NX bit, AMD64 (AMD's
>> x86-64 implementation), Cool'n'Quiet, AMD Virtualization. IO plate and
>> heat sink mounts included.
>> The difference is $40 with a lot less hassles and risk. Ebay stuff has
>> no warrenty to speak of vs months to years for the new stuff.
>> Needless to say, my xeon obsession is over.
>> Please remember, I am a shopper and these deals pop up and
>> disappear: The best case for EBAY is about $55 for a dual 2.2 xeon
>> if you are lucky
>> and real patient. The average case for the AMD is $115 for the proc and
>> $50 for the MB. Total $165 for both. So you could in theory save $110,
>> if you just went and bought vs best possible EBAY.
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