Need a more powerful processor

I have a Chaintech S1689 Motherboard:

I currently have a 2.20 gigahertz AMD Athlon 64 installed; I have the ram, the hard drive, and the video card necessary to play even the newest games - and I don’t mean minimum compatibility. This is because I modified all these myself. But I haven’t messed with the processor; and now it’s the only thing weighing down my computer.

My question is, what is the most powerful processor I can get that is compatible with this mother board?



opteron 185 will be your best bet, just be sure to install the latest bios update first :wink:

To be honest you’re better of getting a new motherboard and a new (equal performance CPU) than getting an Opteron 185 newdays and it gets hot as f*ck (110W). Pretty much same amount but you get much better hardware.
For about 6 months ago I bought the Opteron 185 CPU and its performance is more than enough for my needs but nowdays I would have gone with new motherboard etc due to heat and performance.

Opteron 185 --> 235$


AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ Windsor 2.6GHz (65W) - 120

CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) - 47$

Board also has decent builtin video and you can get a better video card later on if you want to.

thats a good option too, and if you sell your old parts you should have enough to add in an 8800gt :slight_smile:

About the only viable options for you, IMO, is to pick up one of these two processors:

I have the second one and its over clocked to 2.8 ghz so it performs very well. Buying any of the socket 939 Opterons isn’t worth the expense as you could buy an AM2 motherboard, RAM and CPU for the same price or less. You need to grab one of these quick though as they are being faded out of the market.

A dual core processor will provide a noticeable boost in performance but only for multitasking and/or programs/games written to optimize two cores. I’m glad I got mine as it will extend the usful life of my computer another 1-1.5 years.

The -replace it all- option sounds best to me (since I need 2.8 , only problem I saw with the motherboard you VERY kind people pointed me to - I have already used atleast three of my pci slots, for a tv tuner and extra USB ports, and I only saw two expansion slots on that one. Also, I believe my video card is agp. ???



You have four additional USB headers on the board so you just need a bracket such as this one. You can probably find cheaper ones or even get one/two for free at your local computer store.

As for video card you’re more or less screwed, no new motherboards (at least with recent technology) utilize AGP. Hence jwill427 recommendation to sell your old parts.


you could get a standard ATX board instead of a micro, you’ll lose the onboard video, but since your a gamer that shouldn’t be a big deal
really good board, successor to the TF550 which was also very good…kinda misleading though as it says its an AM2+ board but is really just a standard AM2 that supports AM2+ without a bios update…anyway it has 3 PCI, 2 PCIe 1x, and 1 PCIe 16x

If you really want nForce that is, they arent known for bug-free chipsets/drivers in the past. It’s also not a part of AMD’s “recommended” list while the Gigabyte board is.