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I have decided that my trusty ole 3200 venice is holding me back. I think I would like to make a slight upgrade. My setup is pretty nice, but I think the CPU could be a little better.

My venice is about a month old. I can sell it for $150. If I put about another $75 with this, I will be at the $225 range.

If I got the 3700, would it be worth the time? Also, I was noticing that on Newegg there a 2 different versions of some of the processors, what the deal with that?

Thanks
post #2 of 26
yes, it would be a worthwhile upgrade to go from a 3200 venice to a 3700sd. I went from my 3200 venice to my opty 148 (which is basically the same thing) and have never looked back. 2.75 is a very easy OC for my cpu and I can do it basically on stock voltage. I'm hopefully getting water cooling soon and will push it farther.

The difference between the processors is the stepping. You can tell by the model number of the cpu.
this one with 'BN' at the end is an E4 stepping processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103539
this one with a 'CF' I believe is an E6, but I don't remember so you'll want to verify this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103622
yeah, I just looked on AMD's website and CF designates E6 stepping
http://www.amdcompare.com/us-en/desk...=ADA3700DKA5CF

Newegg is great about suppling a manufacture's link so when in doubt alwasy click on that. Usually with processors it will tell you the stepping, and it works for the E4 processor, but not for the other one (which I think to be an E6)
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I think a 3700 would be a great addition to your rig. Its a powerful cpu, and it overclocks very nice!! With the Sandy, you'll gain alot just from having the extra cache.

As for which one, i'd get the E4. I believe AMD based the E6 off the Winchester core. Those chips were not very good overclockers.
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As for which one, i'd get the E4. I believe AMD based the E6 off the Winchester core. Those chips were not very good overclockers.
really????? mmmmm.....lets do the math on my A64 3000+ Winchester core...
2.52ghz OC'd - 1.81ghz stock = 710mhz overclock......

not very good OC'r my arse........

plus dont you have Winchester core too???? 2.8 on that 3000+ is impressive....
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I think his is a Newark.
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Also it really depends on what type of mobo you run.....you could be runnin a 3700+ Sandy, but with a poop mobo you could probably get 300-500mhz otta it......

plus alot of pple on here have been gettin their 3200+ venice cores up to 2.7ghz stable....with OCCT....just something to think about....
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You have that chip running at FX53 speeds, its not really a worthwhile upgrade IMO. With a Sandy you could possibly get an additional 400mhz, but for $200? No thanks. If you were to upgrade, go for dual core.
    
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post #8 of 26
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I can't seem to get my 3200 to run past 2.4 stable. (using prime95)

wouldn't the extra cache make a huge difference? (in overall performance)

BTW, has anyone shopped with zipzoomfly? They have the 3700 for $213. I like newegg, but I have to pay tax since I live in TN!!

I feel bottlenecked when I play games.
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Who told you that Epox boards were bad, BlueDevil?
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I have had Asus and Gigabyte boards in the past and this Epox BLOWS both of them away. It is awesome.
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