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Which one is better?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103600

or

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103622

Will be going w/ this mobo

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157097

I need to use the x850xt agp i got currently so that's the reason for that mobo.

Will that mobo oc ok and is the opty or sandy the better cpu?
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The 3700+ with the right stepping can hit monster clocks (3ghz), the Opty's are always a great choice though. They are designed to run 24/7 and they all have 1mb L2 cache, so does the 3700 in this case.

Last benefit of the opty is you really cant get a bad stepping, they all OC well. My 146 has hit 2.7 so far on stock volts when the GEIL gets here Tues I will go for 3ghz on stock.

I realize I didnt actually choose one for you lol.

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well there are bad steppings with the opty mr pink, i reckon the opty though, just becuase there usually made from the better part of the silicon wafer
    
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The 3700+ with the right stepping can hit monster clocks (3ghz), the Opty's are always a great choice though. They are designed to run 24/7 and they all have 1mb L2 cache, so does the 3700 in this case.

Last benefit of the opty is you really cant get a bad stepping, they all OC well. My 146 has hit 2.7 so far on stock volts when the GEIL gets here Tues I will go for 3ghz on stock.

I realize I didnt actually choose one for you lol.

pink

And what about that mobo? Is it a decent oc choice?
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i would personally go for the opty. Maybe it wont reach 3.2ghz but i can tell you that basically all opterons hit atleast 2.8 with the right board and stuff. And they have better memory controllers and are basically just more stable, easier to work with imo.
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its a good mobo, not the best overclocking board out but its a good one
    
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So I should take the opty over the sandy? Which one uses less power? I wanna continue usuing this 430W psu. But I think that this p4 uses more watts then the amd anyways?
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My opty uses about 1.37v so thats pretty low, my 3200 used 1.35v and I think the 3700 uses 1.4v dont remeber only had one for a day.

And there is only one bad stepping and thats CABGE which is bad for any chip. And yes the Opty's are made from the better wafers, sometimes even with the FX line.

After owning an Opty now I dont think I will use anything else.

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Power, the same
Ocing the same or better dependant on the stepping
One advantage of the Sandy, the large multiplyer allows more versitility. The 144 uses a 9X and requires a high bus for it to shine. The 3700+ 11x will be better suited for a mid range MB where you would probably use it at 10x.
Either way you go be it a 144 or a 3700+, hope you gt a killer stepping

The 3700+ come in 2 flavors of 1.35 or 1.4v default vcore!
    
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So should I get the opty or the sandy? Also I got no idea how im gonna mount my 7000B on that mobo. Do I need some addon for it? Because i don't think i have the original black plastic thing that came w/ the cooler. I only have the 2 metal mounts and the screws.

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The 3700+ 11x will be better suited for a mid range MB where you would probably use it at 10x
Since this is a midrange mobo the sandy is the way to go then?

And also is it a decent step up from this old pentium 4 @ 3.5?

Edit: I can also get an open box opty 146 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16819103598R
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