This may sound like a noobie questions so I apologize Im building a comp that i want to last 3 years... i had a amd 1800xp for almost 4-5 years and now its time to upgrade. I only use my comp for movies, downloading, Warcraft3 frozen throne and a little CS.
My decision has come down to either of these two CPU's whatever u guys suggest I will follow. Back then it was os much easier amd xp or Pentium 3. Now I just have no clue!
I also plan on getting two monitors for this new computer.. cause to be honest it just looks so cool!
If I were to get either chip what would be the best mother board. I am willing to spend 500-700 on the chip anbd motherboard and remember the cheaper the better!
P.S if you think there are some other chips i should consider please tell me!
the athlon 64s get a bigger bump in perf w/ the 200mhz clock jumps than the extra cache, but both are rockin procs. If you plan on oc'ing alot then go w/ the opty as it will handle heat better and prb get to higher speeds than the reg. x2.
get either a high-end DFI or ASUS mobo. Personally I prefer the asus' passive chipset cooling w/ heatpipes to the DFI fans. Most ppl on the forums here like the DFI's oc'ing ability over the asus but I have yet to have an issue w/ asus and so am biased towards them for their quality. Spend at least $150 (us) on the mobo to get the higher end performance if you want it to last that long. Once at that bracket only decide if you want the high-end (32x) sli mobo or "lower"-high-end (16x) sli mobo.