AMD build suggestions

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  1. ZeroSkillet

    ZeroSkillet Matt Hughes > *

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    Hey guys my first Q is, what would I be better off building from:

    AMD Athlon 64 2800+ CPU or an AMD Sempron 3100+ 333FSB? (Both 754)

    I can get motherboard combos for around the same price.
     
  2. PeacefulAnarchy

    PeacefulAnarchy You get one for the money, two for the show, three

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    If the motherboard is a good overclocker, get the 3100+. Otherwise, get the 2800+.

    And if I were you, I would pony up a few extra bucks for a 3200+ Venice Socket 939 and a Chaintech VNF/4 Ultra motherboard.
     
  3. ZeroSkillet

    ZeroSkillet Matt Hughes > *

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    Well Im on a budget.

    ECS NF3-A Athlon 64/Sempron CPU Socket 754 NVIDIA nForce3 250 Chipset with the Sempron 3100+ CPU = $143

    or

    Chaintech SK8T800 RETAIL VIA K8T800/VT8237 chipset Socket 754 Athlon 64 DDR400 with Athlon 64 2800+ = $154

    The Nvidia nForce3 250 chipset is a good overclocker as far as I know.

    EDIT: This article I think just persuaded me to go for the Sempron 3100+ combo.

    http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu/display/sempron-3100-oc_14.html

    "the overclocked Sempron 3100+ could outperform the Pentium 4 3.4GHz as well as the Athlon 64 3400+ by about 5% in average."
     
  4. AeroSquid

    AeroSquid New Member

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    it would be way more worth it to buy a socket 939 mobo and pick up a 3000+ from somewhere cheap, socket 754 is a dead end.
     
  5. ZeroSkillet

    ZeroSkillet Matt Hughes > *

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    wat prices im lookin at for a 939?
     
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    Going s939 depends on your budget and how long you plan for this machine to last. s939 will be phased out in the coming years as well because socket M1 is coming out next year.

    And to answer your original 2800+ vs 3100+ question, what is your primary use for the machine? Gaming, encoding, pr0n, etc?
     
  7. ZeroSkillet

    ZeroSkillet Matt Hughes > *

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    just general use....some gaming...like Counter Strike online.

    Nothing big dude.

    Also what wattage Pwer supply should I look at....400w sound good?
     
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    AeroSquid New Member

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    you mean socket M2 right? Or socket F.
     
  9. ZeroSkillet

    ZeroSkillet Matt Hughes > *

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    I have decided on going with a ECS mother board and a Sempron 3100+

    what would you go for?
    ECS NF3-A NVIDIA nForce3 250 Chipset

    or

    ECS 755-A2 SiS® 755 & 964 chipset

    ?
     
  10. borborygmus

    borborygmus Guest

    wow I just saw this thread

    I actually have an ECS nForce3A motherboard that I used for about three weeks. I kept having problem after problem with the onboard nic card, so I finally disabled it and put in a pci nic.

    all in all it was ok, but the network card was flaky as fuck, even with the newest drivers from nvidia.

    The EPoX 8kda3+ and eht 8kda3+pro are MUCH better boards and they only cost about $30 more. I have an 8kda3+pro right now with the sempron 3100+ and it is OC'd to a 2.61

    the ECS board will let you run the 3100+ at 2.25ghz and it will be stable, but I think you would be much better off with any other nForce3 board, check out the epox's I recommended...
     
  11. ZeroSkillet

    ZeroSkillet Matt Hughes > *

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    Cool I will most likely not use teh Nic card since I have a nice 3com that Ive had for years and havent given me any sort of trouble.

    Thank alot mang.
     
  12. borborygmus

    borborygmus Guest

    ya the onboard nic was the only thing on that board that gave me trouble. well that and the fact that you can only up the core clock to 250mhz

    like I said, with the 3100 on an epox board (or any other nForce3 board) you can go at least another 35 or 40mhz over that, if you are looking to OC, that will be your downfall.

    I still have that board sitting in a case that isnt doing anything if you are interested in making an offer...
     

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