Reply 1700 of 1790, by BitWrangler
Other AM3 CPU option making progress, looks hopeful, not counting my chickens until they are hatched out of their packaging at my place though.
Checked that AthII X2 at last, it's got Regor-mortis, it's rigidly confined to being an L3 cacheless dual core. So, battle for the mATX board will be between AthII X4 and Phenom 8450, which I've got two of, which have to unlock and clock higher than the Athlon II.... or outside chance, any X2s I can get to exceed ~133% of X4 clock. (Fairly unlikely to happen, unless I get lead ticket X4s that are only in the lower 3Ghzes and a golden ticket X2 that does over 4.5Ghz.)
Plot twist... dude I bought motherboards off has listed his unsold at yard sale parts on a local classified. So second bite of cherry poss... There seems to be a several Machinist X99-K9 motherboards around locally for some reason, best price is $60, for $15 I could maybe have a Xeon to drop in it, though have to clarify details, number of cores matches V3 but Version not stated. Only one slot on that board though... and I have the ThinkCenter with i7-4770 which is about same grunt. I think unless my wife wants a faster rig I'll defer that for now... keep an eye on everything... I might not be able to resist if they get fed up of looking at them and chop prices more. Then anyway, another chance at the HD5770 also... do I realllllly want it? ... really really? It's a Sapphire 1GB model.... ohhhh wait dumbass... me wantee single slot version, that one's a fatass.
Then a Phenom II 820 is showing up at couch change pricing, maybe unlockable to 830 (+2MB cache) ... think I'll hold fire on that though, in an annoying part of the next city over, like anywhere else is a 15-20 min drive, this is a 15min plus 25min grinding through neighbourhoods because it's about the furthest away from any of the major roads you can get.... and that's if you don't catch many of the dozen or so lights... might go if I'm at least that side of the city for anything else.
Unicorn herding operations are proceeding, but all the totes of hens teeth and barrels of rocking horse poop give them plenty of hiding spots.