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Poll Results: better performer - 3700 or 144/146?

 
  • 60% (6)
    3700+ Sandiego
  • 40% (4)
    Opteron 144 / Opteron 146
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post #11 of 27
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Originally Posted by noxious89123
Im not so keen on the DFI boards, i much prefer the Asus boards. What do you think to this one:

A8N-SLi SE http://www.overclockers.co.uk/acatal...ocket_939.html 6th one down

asus website info http://www.asus.com/products4.aspx?l...89&modelmenu=1
Asus makes an alright board, its a good overclocker, but leaves little to tweak with in the end.

You must have been severly mis informed about the DFI topping out at 250, all of the highest amd overclocks are on DFI boards going way up through 300htt. closer to 360.

I believe that the best overclocking Asus board out is the a8n 32 or something like that.
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post #12 of 27
I would strongly suggest the opterons instead. Their memory controllers are faster and better, which therefore gives more performance per mhz. On sufficient cooling a 146 can easily pass 3ghz. Just check out ncasa's, he got his to 3.5 on phase. I believe that the 3700's still havent reached the same overclocking potentials when it comes to the high 2ghz's and low 3ghz's. The 146 or 148 will do you great along with a Asus A8N32.
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post #13 of 27
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hmm. well heres the situation at the moment. i cant upgrade till i get a new case. i didnt realise mine would only take a mATX board.

I originally wsa planning to get the A8N32-SLi Deluxe, but its more expensive and i want this running good asap. although in the long run, i might as well wait, and then it will be even better than if i rush and get some cheap, inferior parts.

the opty 14x's are single core correct? this kinda put me off an opty 144 or 146, but if its better than the 3700, then i might as well go with it.

I wasnt saying the DFI boards were bad OC'er, i was refering to the nForce 4 chipset, which i have been told max's at 250mhz. I was hoping to get more like 300Mhz.

got to go, 99% finished formatting, and i need to get my rig back online ASAP!

(using sisters lappy to type this.)
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post #14 of 27
Quote:
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the opty 14x's are single core correct? this kinda put me off an opty 144 or 146, but if its better than the 3700, then i might as well go with it.
Yes, those are single core chips. No, you can't say that they are better or worse than the 3700. It'll depend on the actual chip you get, so just get the lowest price.
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Originally Posted by noxious89123
I wasnt saying the DFI boards were bad OC'er, i was refering to the nForce 4 chipset, which i have been told max's at 250mhz. I was hoping to get more like 300Mhz.
No, NForce4 doesn't max at 250 mhz. You can buy my board for $75 and it'll do over 310 all day long....as will a lot of quality boards. There are quite a few NForce4 motherboards that will exceed 300 mhz, so you have plenty of choices in all price ranges and feature sets.
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post #15 of 27
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I would strongly suggest the opterons instead. Their memory controllers are faster and better, which therefore gives more performance per mhz. On sufficient cooling a 146 can easily pass 3ghz. Just check out ncasa's, he got his to 3.5 on phase. I believe that the 3700's still havent reached the same overclocking potentials when it comes to the high 2ghz's and low 3ghz's. The 146 or 148 will do you great along with a Asus A8N32.
You've got it backwards. The Opterons have slower memory controllers than the San Diegos, and the new San Diegos have been overclocking better than the Opterons.
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ooh... what a dilema...

3700 or opt 144/146? POLL TIME!
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post #17 of 27
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Originally Posted by noxious89123
hmm. well heres the situation at the moment. i cant upgrade till i get a new case. i didnt realise mine would only take a mATX board.
The Biostar Tforce 6100 is a great mATX board that will push 300FSB.

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Originally Posted by noxious89123
I wasnt saying the DFI boards were bad OC'er, i was refering to the nForce 4 chipset, which i have been told max's at 250mhz. I was hoping to get more like 300Mhz.
I can run 300 x 10 all day long. This motherboard is stable as a rock, and the SLI-DR Expert can do 450 FSB.
post #18 of 27
This is where i got my 3700 from....cheapest retail i could find at the time

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post #19 of 27
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I think it'll be best in the end if i just wait till i can get a 165, the A8N32, BT, Tt Armour, OCZ platinum 2gb. the whole lot.

Another thing i forgot to take into consideration (keep forgetting about this everytime i revise/draw up a new spec/plan) is that i will need to buy another version of windows. I can get an OEM version from OC'ers.co.uk for £50, which isnt too bad.

I'm gonna get the case first, as this will drop my temps as my current case is horrible. Then i will be able to get a ATX board. (current case only takes mATX)

Its just a matter of being patient and saving up.
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