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That NEO-F board is O.K.

And if you don't plan on going SLi or can't afford it, then go for a cheaper board, and I can assure you that this board is better than the NEO-F (in addition to it being nF4 Ultra vs nF4):

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813123258
I'd like to see why you seem to think that the Epox is a better board than the Neo4-F. The Ultra offers Sata2, but that's hardly a deal breaker. Most builders use Raptors anyways. The SLI version of the Neo was awarded the editor's choice award at Anandtech and ran away with the OCing along with the DFI, so I'm curious how you can assure him that the Epox is better.
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I thought I'd throw my thoughts into this thread.

Seeing as you will have to replace your RAM if you go with and Athlon X2 setup then I would advise going with a Pentium D (2.8GHz) instead.

Reasons;

The Pentium D 9** series is much better than the older 8** series as it has twice the amount of cache and is on a 65nm process as opposed to 90nm. Basically the screw ups on the 8** series have been worked out and due to the 65nm process you should easily be able to hit 4GHz.

The Pentium D 920 is cheaper than the Athlon 64 X2 3800+

You won't have to sell you RAM and downgrade to DDR as your current RAM will work with the Pentium D.

From reading your previous Far Cry 32-bit vs 64-bit thread it appears to me a reason for the upgrade is to have a 64-bit capable CPU, both the Athlon X2 3800+ and Pentium D 920 will be ok for this as they both have their own 64-bit technologys.

If you decide to opt for a Pentium D then I would recommend switching your current motherboard for either an Intel 955/975 chipset of Nvidia nForce4 chipset.
t4ct1c47... i hate you

i was all set to buy the x2 3800+. you're right, i want a 64bit-ready CPU, but i'd also like to have a dual core cpu. the intel 920 is cheaper, but not that much.

i see that you are an Intel afficionado, so you may be biased in your suggestion

but i don't care about that. what i really want to know is what kind of result i'll have between the x2 3800+ and the intel D 920. according to the CPU chart from tomshardware.com, the x2 3800+ will have better results.

anyway, i still have a good long month before i sell the stuff, so, i'm waiting for any further comments.
    
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AMD don't have ddr2 memory controllers only ddr. Good choice to go AMD i made the switch like 4 months ago i will never go back. I accually got to shake the hand of a man that worked for amd i talked to him for like 2 hrs in buisness depot. lol
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AMD don't have ddr2 memory controllers only ddr. Good choice to go AMD i made the switch like 4 months ago i will never go back. I accually got to shake the hand of a man that worked for amd i talked to him for like 2 hrs in buisness depot. lol
i can live with the ddr/ddr2 issue. from what i've read, the CPU will compensate for what the RAM lack.

damn, i can't wait to try this thing. i'm getting sick of just reading about it, i want to experience it now. i'd like to put my hand on an opteron dual-core, but they don't have them yet around here
    
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yes, me again


i just talked to my friend at the computer store and the following is what he suggested me according to my budget

athlon 64 x2 3800+ 2ghz

ASUS A8N-E NF4 ULTRA (or DFI NF4 ULTRA INFINITY, i'm still in decision, ). he suggested a Tyan motherboard, but it's not as cheap as DFI or Asus.

RAM= OCZ 400 DDR 2g PERFORMANCE
    
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THe ASUS and DFI you seek are good MBs... the DFIs tend to offer more BIOS options and higher voltages though.
    
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