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you can get 64bit versions of some games like Farcry. the main thing with x64 is driver support. I tried 64bit windows for a short time and really liked it, but I had a hard time finding drivers. My printer would only work with different drivers that wouldn't allow me to set the printing resolution very high... and since it's a photoprinter that was a big deal for me. if you have drivers for everything then 64bit would probably be the way to go.

and the difference bt/wn the regular and the expert board is that the expert is newer and is a bit more refined. It has better power to the cpu, is supposed to OC better and is optimized for TCCD ram. just take a look at some review sites they have almost all taken a look at it.
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post #12 of 16
you can get 64bit versions of some games like Farcry. the main thing with x64 is driver support. I tried 64bit windows for a short time and really liked it, but I had a hard time finding drivers. My printer would only work with different drivers that wouldn't allow me to set the printing resolution very high... and since it's a photoprinter that was a big deal for me. if you have drivers for everything then 64bit would probably be the way to go.

and the difference bt/wn the regular and the expert board is that the expert is newer and is a bit more refined. It has better power to the cpu, is supposed to OC better and is optimized for TCCD ram. just take a look at some review sites they have almost all taken a look at it.

Woa!?!?! why did it post 2x? that's strange!
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post #13 of 16
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I guess not everything is 64bot compatable yet, just have to sit and wait for the time being Is everyone else on the same boat with what feedback I've gotten so far? I'm still wondering what the primary difference between the 3700 and 4000 is besides the 2.2 to 2.4 GHz, 0.2 GHz difference = $100 difference? o_O
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post #14 of 16
I think that is the primary difference. They are both San Diego cores so they are pretty much the same thing. It's just like the difference between a 3000+ and 3200+ venice core. the 3200+ has a 10x multi instead of a 9x which makes OCing a bit easier.
the 3700+ has an 11x multi and the 4000+ has a 12x multi. They are built around the same core and have the same memory controller I believe so theoretically they should both OC to roughly the same speed. Granted each cpu is different, but my personal opinion is to get the 3700, save the 100 and OC it. You will at least be able to get 2.4 out of it. and most likely it'll go to 2.7-2.8. some have even gotten them over 3.0 with good cooling.
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That sounds great! When overclocking, what type of cooling do you recommend? A new heat sink + cpu fan or a new liquid cooling system I've been hearing about? Yes the liquid cooling system is somewhat expensive, but which is more worth it? I think getting a new heat sink + cpu fan would be easiest and cheapest, I'm looking around the forums to see what's a good combo for this to get the optimal GHz out of the 3700+.
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post #16 of 16
I would suggest the Zalman CNPS9500. Fans are a lot easier to install than water-cooling kits, and with water-cooling, there's always the risk of a leak all over your precious components, so I would stay away from water-cooling unless you have a lot of comp building experience under your belt.
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