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I have ordered everything I need for my new system but am completely stuck on what cpu. I was thinking an Oteron 146 but with recent price increases they have gone up to around £160 for lesser CACJEs. For that price I could get a 3700 San Diago core. Which would be better bearing in mind I will want to overclock it as far as I can go?

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I have ordered everything I need for my new system but am completely stuck on what cpu. I was thinking an Oteron 146 but with recent price increases they have gone up to around £160 for lesser CACJEs. For that price I could get a 3700 San Diago core. Which would be better bearing in mind I will want to overclock it as far as I can go?

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Toss a coin, there's simply no way to answer that without knowing both chips.
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post #3 of 29
Have you thought about a Opteron 148?? They're only a bit more expensive than the 3700+ and the new steppings are good overclockers (2.8-2.9)
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All you can do is toss a coin they perform similarly
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I would say go with the 146, they are better overclockers than the 148's as I have seen. Even though you would expect it to be the same core, just a lower multi. But it's up to you, determine if it's better for you to have a x11 multi or a x10 multi. If your memory would like a x11 multi for 1:1 performance, get the 3700. If it doesn't matter, then I would get the 146.
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I have Geil 4400 UltraX-TCCD CAS 2.5. I was going for 1:1 to really push the ram. I am going to see whats cheaper but I think its going to be the 3700. Thanks
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The newer stepping 3700's are better that the first ones that came out. I would get a new 3700. But thats just me.
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post #8 of 29
I have a 3700, I went through the same purchasing decision you went through. Nota Bene: DFI and other companies do not support the 939 series Opterons, so I got a 3700 so that I'd have warranty support.
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post #9 of 29
I'd personally go with the 3700. The 3700 is more overclockable, as far as I know. I've got mine to a stable 2.8 GHz without even upping the vcore. I can hit 3.1 GHz if I really try, and with better RAM, I could probably push it to around 3.3-3.4ish. The 3700 is better than the 146, but I think the 148 is a little better than the 3700. If you're going for an Opty, don't settle for less than the 148. It's basically the same as a 3700, but slightly more OCable.
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post #10 of 29
i love my opty 148. its running a slow 3 GHz now, but my GSkills are comin today so im gonna try and run 1:1 tonight.
    
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