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With that motherboard, I would go with the Sandy, as was posted earlier, you have a higher multi, which gives you more headroom for FSB adjustments. Lets say you get the Opty, which runs better with high FSB, but that motherboard might have a ?250? FSB limit. So the Opty with 250 FSB and a 9x multi will run at 2250 Mhz, where as the Sandy at a 250 FSB and a 11x multi will run at 2750 Mhz. The Opty would not be able to run at its full potential. I do not know what the FSB limit is for that motherboard, but seeing as how it is not high end, I do believe it will not be that high. My recommendation would be the Sandy.
Ok so how do I know that I would be getting the e4 steping?
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You can somewhat choose with newegg. If you choose the BN box you usually get a older better stepping while the other choice gives you the "crappier" steppings. I ended up with a CCBBWE or whatever and returned it right away. Had I chose the 102 dollar I would be OC'ing a 3700+ but am very happy with my opty.

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What exactly is the BN box?
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post #23 of 35
^^Its just the older better 3700 which is what you want, nothing past that really. But is recommended to get.

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Another thing to do for an opty is check ebay, originally bought a 144 for about $80 on ebay they accidently sent me two I am returning one HOWEVER one was a 146 so I kept it unknowning to them. My guess is you can get a 146 for a little over $100. They will also give you the stepping on it and might even let you know what kind of OC they have hit.

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Another thing to do for an opty is check ebay, originally bought a 144 for about $80 on ebay they accidently sent me two I am returning one HOWEVER one was a 146 so I kept it unknowning to them. My guess is you can get a 146 for a little over $100. They will also give you the stepping on it and might even let you know what kind of OC they have hit.

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I'm getting a newegg gift card so that's why I'm buying from the egg.

Right now I'm getting this:

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

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

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835118117

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835100007

If anything needs to be changed, let me know.

Edit: Also will that mobo support my x850xt agp? I don't want to run into any issues.
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post #26 of 35
Yes that motherboard will support your agp card. And the stepping of the CFBOX is E6. The BNBOX is the E4 stepping.
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The 3700 Sandy is the one to get, it tends to be better overclockers. Looks like they are all gone. If your budget can sling it I,d get a X2 3800, the toledo core Sandys are ok but at least with dual core you will be more future proof. If not you should still be happy with what you get. I can't beleive all the 4000 Sandys are gone I thought about getting one of those. These also overclock pretty good with the right stepping http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103562
    
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^^The only dual core I would go to over a 3700 would maybe be a 4400 as the 3800 only has 512 per core vs the 3700's 1mb cache would you really can benefit from.

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If price is the thing then the X2 3800 if money is no problem definately the 4400 these will only get higher priced as they stock dwindles. The opteron 165 is a great overclocker too with a good stepping, and are built a little better than the retail chips, probably why there prices didn't go down like the retail ones.
    
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Ok I ordered this sandy http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103622

and the asrock mobo http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157097

and a vf700 for the x850xt

I hope this is a decent upgrade...

At least I would be able to toss in a dx 10 card in there lol
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