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Hey everyone,

I am thinking of switching from a Intel P4 to an AMD Opteron. Originally I was looking at a 3700SD and an Asus nforce4 mobo, however I figured the 3700SD will be outdated in the mid future. So i decided to look at Opterons and I found this one for a decent price: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103596 . Would this be a step down from my non overclocked intel 650 (3.4ghz). I heard this specific processor can overclock VERY well. I would also be using my XP-90C or purchasing custom water cooling for it. Lastly, I would be getting an Asus or DFI nforce4 board. So, can someone give me the basics on this processor, or a better one that is not too much more expensive, and recomend a new mobo to pair it with?

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post #2 of 11
Good choice of that opteron, thats the one i'm going to get, since they don't have anymore 146s available on newegg anymore, its a great overclocker, and how much are you willing to spend on a motherboard?
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hows the san diego going to be outdated compared to the 148 with same cache and same speed?
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Originally Posted by lightsource
Good choice of that opteron, thats the one i'm going to get, since they don't have anymore 146s available on newegg anymore, its a great overclocker, and how much are you willing to spend on a motherboard?
Ive heard people getting to 3.0ghz with good cooling with this Opteron. I would be willing to spend up to $200 for a mobo. Around $150 would but nice though. I would be looking for an nforce4 north bridge, socket 939, and has ATA plugs as well as SATA.

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hows the san diego going to be outdated compared to the 148 with same cache and same speed?
Simply because it is older and I would want something that would be very good for a while. I didn't mean to hate on your 3700SD
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Ive heard people getting to 3.0ghz with good cooling with this Opteron. I would be willing to spend up to $200 for a mobo. Around $150 would but nice though. I would be looking for an nforce4 north bridge, socket 939, and has ATA plugs as well as SATA.
Ok, these are my suggestions:
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Simply because it is older and I would want something that would be very good for a while. I didn't mean to hate on your 3700SD
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hows the san diego going to be outdated compared to the 148 with same cache and same speed?
There's no reason to get the san diego if the opteron will outperform it, with lower temps and higher clockspeeds (possibly at the same temps as a san diego)
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Originally Posted by lightsource
Ok, these are my suggestions:
There's no reason to get the san diego if the opteron will outperform it, with lower temps and higher clockspeeds (possibly at the same temps as a san diego)
This was the board i was looking to get http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131517 and you picked it. Is that known as a good overclocker because that is what I want to do with this opteron. Also, I heard DFI might have better overclocking capabilities, is this true? Lastly, what is the difference between the two DFI boards?

Thanks for all your help I will be sure to give well diserved reps.
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Originally Posted by zerohour
This was the board i was looking to get http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131517 and you picked it. Is that known as a good overclocker because that is what I want to do with this opteron. Also, I heard DFI might have better overclocking capabilities, is this true? Lastly, what is the difference between the two DFI boards?

Thanks for all your help I will be sure to give well diserved reps.
The DFI is much better for overclocking, the A8N-SLi is more for the average overclocker (something I personally think a beginner overclocker should begin with), Asus bios's are alot easier to deal with, with the DFI it takes lots of tweaking and things like that, I am currently contemplating whether I want the DFI SLi-DR Expert, or the A8N-SLi Deluxe, because I don't want to have to spend hours and hours in my bios (to begin with), althought it will help me learn about overclocking alot more. Without a doubt the A8N-SLi Deluxe is a good board, with not nearly as many options as one of the DFI Lanparty boards, but it is still good nonetheless.

Differences between the DFI SLi-DR Expert, and DFI SLi-DR are purely tweaking. The Expert is for people who would like to tweak alot more than they would like to with any other board, oh, and another thing I like alot about the board is that instead of moving jumpers (DFI-SLi DR) or switching plates (Asus A8N-SLi), it has its own circuitry to where if a second videocard is inserted, it will automatically recognize it. Not a HUGE deal, but I personally like that alot.

So, if you want to tweak lots of things, and get the highest possible clock out of your opteron, go with the DFI, if you are happy with getting the max on just an Asus board without having to do alot of tweaking, go with the Asus board, nothing wrong with the Asus board, just not as many options as the DFI.
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Originally Posted by lightsource
The DFI is much better for overclocking, the A8N-SLi is more for the average overclocker (something I personally think a beginner overclocker should begin with), Asus bios's are alot easier to deal with, with the DFI it takes lots of tweaking and things like that, I am currently contemplating whether I want the DFI SLi-DR Expert, or the A8N-SLi Deluxe, because I don't want to have to spend hours and hours in my bios (to begin with), althought it will help me learn about overclocking alot more. Without a doubt the A8N-SLi Deluxe is a good board, with not nearly as many options as one of the DFI Lanparty boards, but it is still good nonetheless.

Differences between the DFI SLi-DR Expert, and DFI SLi-DR are purely tweaking. The Expert is for people who would like to tweak alot more than they would like to with any other board, oh, and another thing I like alot about the board is that instead of moving jumpers (DFI-SLi DR) or switching plates (Asus A8N-SLi), it has its own circuitry to where if a second videocard is inserted, it will automatically recognize it. Not a HUGE deal, but I personally like that alot.

So, if you want to tweak lots of things, and get the highest possible clock out of your opteron, go with the DFI, if you are happy with getting the max on just an Asus board without having to do alot of tweaking, go with the Asus board, nothing wrong with the Asus board, just not as many options as the DFI.
Gotcha. Thanks for the help. I think I may go with one of the Asus boards. After the opteron, an asus board, my 7800gt that i just ordered, and my geil ddr500, i should have a pretty solid system.

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Quote:
Originally Posted by zerohour
Gotcha. Thanks for the help. I think I may go with one of the Asus boards. After the opteron, an asus board, my 7800gt that i just ordered, and my geil ddr500, i should have a pretty solid system.

Thanks
Did you order your ram already?
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When and If you get that processor tell me what stepping you get because I was looking at getting that or a 150 but was worried about the stepping.
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