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Opteron 146 - heatsink & AGP motherboard recommendations

Discussion in 'Overclocking & Cooling' started by Cody, 31 Jan 2006.

  1. Cody


    Joined: 25 Jan 2006

    Posts: 299

    I have just got a Opteron 146 CABYE 0540 FPMW, and I'm looking for a motherboard and heatsink, the only problem is that I cannot afford to switch to PCI-E as I really want a Silverstone TJ07 so it would have to be AGP.

    I have seen the Thermaltake Big Typhoon mentioned as a good option for air cooling - I can't afford water cooling or phase change yet.

    Also any recommendation for a reasonably priced PSU.

    I am upgrading from a barebones so the only components I am keeping is my memory and hard drive.
  2. Big.Wayne


    Joined: 11 Sep 2003

    Posts: 14,662

    Location: London


    looks like a nice stepping Opteron you have there! :) anyway I am also using a 146. I have an ASUS A8N-SLI Premium motherboard and a Thermalright SI-120 HSF fitted with an AKASA Amber 120mm.

    The motherboard is great and the heatsink is *very* good!

    [edit] I don't understand why the Silverstone case is forcing you to use an AGP card?
  3. Cody


    Joined: 25 Jan 2006

    Posts: 299

    If I buy the TJ07 I wont be able to afford a PCI-E graphics card as well as the motherboard as it is around £225 + I need a PSU and Heatsink.
  4. alexakasloth


    Joined: 13 Aug 2004

    Posts: 7,624

    Location: Sussex

    How much do you have to spend overall for the motherboard and graphics. I'm pretty sure we could work something out so that you'll get a PCI-E motherboard.
  5. Cody


    Joined: 25 Jan 2006

    Posts: 299

    I currently have a Gainward GeForce 6600GT 256MB "Ultra/1980", which is OK for now as I don't have a decent monitor. I also have a ASROCK Combo board that I bought before the Opteron as I was going to keep my 754 3400+.

    I suppose I could just swap to the PCI-E version and change the motherboard - this would give me more money to buy a motherboard. I haven't really figured out a budget yet, I want something to get the best out of the Opteron.

    I will post what I can spend later when I have figured it out - I have to go to work now.
    Last edited: 1 Feb 2006
  6. mp260767


    Joined: 4 Feb 2003

    Posts: 10,820

    Location: telford, shropshire


    have a look at the asrock dual sata2, decentish price and will do a decent job til u can afford a pci-e gfx card.

    using one at the mo with a bios flash and my 146 is running at 290x9 on 1.45v.
  7. NightSt@lk3r


    Joined: 7 Dec 2005

    Posts: 7,611

    Location: Wiltshire

    another vote for the asrock 939 dual sata 2 here rig in specs is on stock volts and no mods
  8. dunno

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 25 Mar 2003

    Posts: 1,721

    Location: edinburgh

    What bios are you using?