advice on new rig

I'm throwing together a PC, not sure which CPU would be faster. I'm debating between Athlon 3700+ San Diego, 1mb L2 cache or the Athlon 3800+ Venice, 512K L2 cache. I'm just not sure what would be the better overclocker and performer. I'm liking the 1mb cache and San Diego revision but the 3800+ is clocked a little higher stock speed.

Then again, I might go all-out and spend the extra bucks for the 4000+. I'm just trying to see if anyone has any opinions/experiences on these new revisions. One thing to note is that unless I change my mind I'll be using a very vanilla Foxconn or Gigabyte micro ATX m-board b/c it's a SFF PC...so I won't be able to overclock excessively.

Thankya

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  1. The san diego is going to be faster, but you could get a lower venice and clock it to the same speeds. If you really want a high processor, I wouldn't buy any higher than the 3700+. However, if you just want 3700+ speeds I would buy a lower venice and clock it >= that.
  2. going all out is like the 4000+ it is the fx57
  3. The San Diego will OC as well as the venice. That way you get bothe top speed, and extra cache. Either way, with good airflow, you should be able to get to 40000+ speeds.
  4. Yes, spending $475 on a CPU is going all-out for me and my salary.

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  5. Thanks for the advice all, for now I'm ordering the San Diego and seeing how far I can push it on a micro ATX board (which should be a challenge to say the least)

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  6. There are some very nice Micro ATX boards comming to the market. I have a Foxconn WinFast NF4K8MC here for testing, look for a review in 2-3 weeks at Sysopt!

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  7. Quote:
    you should be able to get to 40000+ speeds.

    SWEET!

    LOL

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