would you suggest a A64 3000 or 3200 for me?

I keep going back and forth between the two. The 3000 is cheaper, but the 3200 is faster and has the 1MB of cache over the 512. I have a MSI K8T800 motherboard. I could afford the 3200, but I want to make sure the price jump is worth it. I bought most of my system geared for the 3000, but I am having second thoughts right before I get it.

I am all about gaming, I dont care about much else. Please help an indecisive guy actually FINISH his computer =)
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  1. The two are about the same in 32bits;but in 64 the 3200+ will be much better(cache times 1/2),also the neofis2r is not on amd's recommended list for the 3000;but is for the 3200.If you've got the cash get the better cpu.
  2. I was reading Tom's end of year price guide, and he mentioned something about the 3200 having a defect in its L2 cashe?

    "1 MB of L2 cache makes up more than half of the almost 106 million transistors on the Athlon64. That means that at a realistic yield of 40-50%, more than one in two dies will have a transistor defect. Ideally, and provided they are in a disconnectable area within the L2 cache, these dies (with reparable defects) will simply produce an Athlon64 3000+.

    In practice, the problems lie not only in the area of the L2 cache. However, AMD is in a position to use the process to offer a cheaper Athlon64 and to minimize rejects. A choice must be made in any case if the aim is to appeal to as many different customer segments with the products to match - the Mobile Athlon64 is another example."

    To the best of my knowledge (which is pretty limited) it sounds like a defect has the potential to drop the L2 cache on the A64 3200 by 50%. Am I correct?
  3. I strongly recommend A64 3000+ because it's very little slower than 3200+ but costs much less.

    Go to <A HREF="http://www.anandtech.com" target="_new">http://www.anandtech.com</A> for A64 3000+ benchmarks

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  4. This may be silly, but the K8 Neo will run the 3000 just as well as the 3200? I couldent find it on thier reccomended list of mobos, but I dont know if that means anything. Maybe it wasent out when the 3000 came out.
  5. It will. The only difference between 3200+ and 3000+ is extra cache.

    At best, it may need a BIOS update

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  6. awesome. thanks for your help, like always.
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