I want to upgrade my existing pc from Intel 531, Asus P5AD2-E-Dlx and 1Gb DDR2 PC-5400 667MHz GeIL DDR2 Ultra CL3 (3-3-3-8) to:
1. CPU AMD Athlon™ 64 3700+ Socket 939 1024K bus 2000 0.09u 1.4V 89W 64bit (2200 MHz) BOX
2. 1Gb DDRAM PC-3200 (400MHz - 2x200MHz) GeIL Ultra X CL2 (2-2-2-5-1)
3. One of the mobos: Asus A8R-MVP or Asus A8N32-SLI-DLX.
The problem is that I can't decide witch one to chose because I use a Gecube ATI Radeon X700 XT 128 DDR3 HeatPipe, and evene if I will upgrade my video card I will chose againe an ATI. So Withc one of these mobos is fastest with ATI !?
Please HELP me I readed a lot of reviews an the internet in the last 5 days since I decided to upgrade my pc and I couldn't decide myself witch one to chose, thats why I'm asking you to help me with your experience or your knowledge. Thank you.
I started this build to replace Intel Prescott 3200 on a Gigabyte 8KNXP Ultra-64 motherboard. It was and is a nice machine cooled by a Gigabyte Rocket Cooler Pro with 2-gigs of Corsair DDR RAM with programmed timings of 2-2-2-5, an ATI X800XT-PE video card, an ATI TV Wonder Pro PCI tuner card, a Plextor 712 DVD burner, a Raptor 74-gig SATA hard drive, 2x250-gig 7200rpm Maxtor drives, a PCMCIA PCI card reader, 4x80mm case fans, all this powered by an Antec TruePower 430watt PSU.
Granted this is a nice machine and I will re-format it and prepare it more for internet browsing and gaming, but it had its shortcomings; i.e. Performance has a sluggish feel and is just not on par with what I believe it should be for its class. It lagged on some tasks, and on others seemed pretty quick, and it runs hotter than I like. Also, lately the hard drives have needed to run checkdisk every other month, and I decided it was time for a change. So I took to studying the latest from AMD and Intel, and found what I thought a product that would have stellar and stable performance with good overclocking potential, so I got ready for the challenge.
Following is what I decided on…
Lian Li PC-60plus Black Aluminum Case (w/TR-3B Black Thermometer/Fan Controller 3.5” bay)
Opteron 175 (2x 2.2 GHz, 2MB cache, Socket 939, .09 micron, E6 stepping, OSA175DAA6CD)
ThermalTake BigWaterSE 12cm liquid cooling system complete kit
Asus A8R-MVP Motherboard (ATI Radeon Xpress 200 CrossFire, socket 939, SATA2)
HiS X1800XT Graphics Card (625 MHz/700 MHz OC core/1500 Mhz/1600 MHz OC mem, Dual DL-DVI VIVO 512 MB PCIe)
ATI TV Theater 550 PRO Tuner (PCI TV and FM Tuner)
2x 512MB Corsair Micro Xpert DDR RAM (2-2-2-6-2T (spd 2-2-2-5-1T) TwinXP 1024-3200XL)
2x 74gig Western Digital Raptor Hard Drives RAID-0 (WD740GD RAID0 150gig Boot Drive)
2x 250gig Western Digital Caviar SE16 Hard Drives (WD2500KS storage and data)
Plextor 716AL Black 16x DVD/CD Burner (IDE slot loading type)
Antec TP-II 550 Power Supply (550 Watt ATX12V v2.0 PSU)
Dell 2405FPW 24-inch LCD Monitor (UltraSharp Wide Aspect Flat Panel Display)
Logitech G-15 Gaming Keyboard
Logitech Cordless Optical TrackMan
Case Fans (SilenX 120mm intake, Adda 120mm exhaust blower, SilenX 92mm exhaust and SilenX 80mm Fan)
Computer is running great. Never figured out what went wrong with RAID 1 running on non-boot drive though.
Anyway, the fastest stable overclock I can reach is 2680; I seem to hit a brick wall at around 2700 MHz.
Whether I use 11x250 or 10x270 or even 10.5x260 it fails to boot, but if I back it down 5MHz things work pretty good, and it makes no difference at settings CAS 2.5 or 3, using 3, 3, 8, 3, or with just 2 stick or RAM; either way, around 2680 is my overclock limit. But this system is quick and stable; I keep it normally at 2420 MHz (11x220 at 2, 2, 6, 2) 2.8 volts for now. I am pretty sure the overclock limit is the processor and not the memory, but would have liked to see top out well better than a 20% stable overclock with this system, considering the components.
It gets 4,578 marks in 3DMark06 and 9,652 marks in 3DMark05.
Overall, I recommend this system to anyone wanting a solid system for gaming, video, or design work.