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OK, I know Opterons are GREAT for overclocking, but Im also a HEAVY gamer. So, my questions is, are the Opteron 144/146 chips good for gaming? My dad told me that Opterons wouldnt be good for gaming because it has SERVER INSTRUCTIONS, and the Athlons have Muti-Media instructions. So, I need help choosing either The Opteron 144 (meby the 146) or the Athlon 3200.


WHAT WOULD BE BETTER FOR ME?

Thx alot, help would be much apreceated!!!
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As long as you get a somewhat recent athlon 64, they'll have the same multimedia instructions; MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, 3DNOW! Professional. What is your budget? Are you planning on overclocking? The 3700+ (skt939 San diego core) has basically equal stock and overclocking performance to the opty 148 (venus core) which is priced a bit higher, so if you can afford that chip, the 3700+ is considered the best single core buy. If that's out of your budget, than a lower level opty (144 or 146 venus cores) will give you better performance than the lower athlon 64 chips (Venice cores) being that they'll only have 512kb of cache.
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Opty has more cache, so that's what I would pick between the 144/6 and 3200.
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Thx erauman! my budget for the Motherbord and cpu is about $250
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What motherboard are you planning on getting? The opty really excel when their OCed. Depending on stepping, even the opty 144 is getting around 2.7-2.8 with good RAM. If 250 is your budget, you'll probably want to get a 144 (make sure you look around for deals, about 2 weeks ago some of the prices droped to ~140 shipped. As for the motherboard, you'll need a good OCing one, but with your budget, it may be better to get a referbished board or a mATX board (I love the biostar tforce-939, it's amazing).
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The OPtys are very good, if you get a good stepping and that also goes with the Sandys. Lately, the Sandys 3700+ seem to OC very well.
Both will game very well, period.
The 146 or the 3700+ utilize a more friendly 10x for OCing where as the 144 uses a 9x.
    
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I'd get the opty if I were you. it will game just as well as a regular a64 and with double the cache and the OC potential that it brings you can't really go wrong.
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