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October 19, 2005 4:08:52 PM

I am attempting to build a system to do a fairly wide variety of things (some of which include design work (non 3d), audio recording and some gaming). I have been thinking about an AMD64 3700+, but when I look at benchmarks the 3500 doesnt look too far off, and I have read a lot about the 3500's overclocking abilities. Should I save money and go with a 3500 or am I out of my mind and should be looking at a dual core (which I know wont do jack for games, but I have a lot of other uses in mind for this rig which would benefit from a dual core). Only problem with that is the price :/ 

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October 19, 2005 4:16:58 PM

There is about a $50 difference between the SD 3500 and 3700...
I would save teh fiddy, since they both top out about the same...

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October 19, 2005 4:19:46 PM

I guess my next question would be: Is a 3500 going to be a bottleneck for a 7800GT in game performance?
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October 19, 2005 4:42:33 PM

Not any more than a 3700 will, since they both will max about the same OC.

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October 19, 2005 4:53:04 PM

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I guess my next question would be: Is a 3500 going to be a bottleneck for a 7800GT in game performance?

But wait... The 3500+ and the 3700+ don't use the same platform?

If I were you, I would get a 3500+, because it's a S939 CPU. In the future, you will be able to change your CPU for an dual-core (Athlon 64 X2) or a higher PR single-core (Athlon 64).

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October 19, 2005 9:18:39 PM

there is a s939 3700
October 19, 2005 10:24:02 PM

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I guess my next question would be: Is a 3500 going to be a bottleneck for a 7800GT in game performance?

No

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October 20, 2005 9:39:13 AM

It will if he runs at 640x480 with lowest details :wink:

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October 20, 2005 3:26:29 PM

well i'd get the 3200 and OC the mother outta of it like i did lol.... then again if you are not confertable with OC or not willing to have a better overall system (better ram and mobo) then go for the 3500, as that as long as that you have matching ram (even the cheap vaule series or any major brand, FYI i don't think you should go generatic though) you could OC just a little outta of it and match the 3700....

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October 21, 2005 5:23:56 PM

Thanks for the replies everyone. I ended up buying a 3500, and although I am not very comfortable with overclocking, I suppose I should learn someday! I'll have to read up on it so I know what I am doing (at least slightly) and see if I can squeeze some more performance out of it.
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October 21, 2005 5:27:34 PM

GL on the OC - do yourself a favor and read up on OCing before you give it a shot. I think Anand did a recent article on OCing the Venice A64s.

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October 22, 2005 10:20:42 PM

nah there were problems with that OC article, its a VERY nice directional guide, but not very detailed, there is a long one from DFI street and extremeoverclocking i don't have the link to the extremeOC one but here is to the DFI street one

<A HREF="http://www.dfi-street.com/forum/showthread.php?t=20823" target="_new"> DFI Street OC Guide for A64</A>

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October 23, 2005 3:58:30 PM

He needs to start with the basics - then step it up.

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