Recommend me a mobo

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  1. [dRu]

    [dRu] Active Member

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    I'm looking at either an AMD64 3500+ or 3700+ but I haven't really kept up with good motherboards (since I'm still running a socket A :sad2: ).

    I'm debating between the DFI SLI board or the Asus A8N Premium, but I've heard about some compatibility issues with the 3700+ San Diego core and the DFI board.

    Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
     
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    [dRu] Active Member

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    Oh, and here are the following upgrades I am planning:

    *New processor (3500+ Venice or 3700+ San Diego)
    *New mobo
    *New vid card (probably a 6800 GT or 7800 GT)

    Oh, and please recommend me a good heatsink/fan combo. I'm looking at either the Thermalright XP90c or the Thermaltake Blue Orb II.
     
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    Under_Fire Duck and Run

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    Asus, and for a heatsink get a Zalman. I have the 120mm. amazing.
     
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    [dRu] Active Member

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    Link to heatsink?
     
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    lowfat 24/Mac/SciFi/PC Crew OT Supporter

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    Motherboard - DFI Infinity NF4. Its the same board as an Ultra D except no fancy UV.
    HSF- Thermalright Si-120 or a Thermaltake Big Typhoon.
     
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    asus for the motherboard
     
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    DFI if you overclock, ASUS if you don't. Zalman sucks... to heavy and inefficent, look for a ThermalRight XP-90. Look at the 939 Opterons before you buy a processor ;)
     
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    fatlip Transcendence Into The Peripheral

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    Actually I've heard that the DFI board is better overall, the only thing the Asus board has over it is high stability, the DFI is more expensive though I think. You might want to consider getting an ATI X850 over a 68000GT, there better and in the same price range.
     
  9. PeacefulAnarchy

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

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    I'm with him on that...I have an X800XL AGP, which is a bit faster than the 6800GT and costs $250.
     
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    Under_Fire Duck and Run

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    dru - go on newegg.com and read the hundred of reviews of people raving about the zalman and then decide for yourself....
     
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    twinturboteddy Bling Bling!

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    premium mobo doesn't need to replace chipset fan like the deluxe did.
     
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    i've owned a zalman 77xx series and it does not compare to an XP-90. I speak from personal experience, not just crap i read on newegg.
     
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    next week the Nvidia 6800GS should be available for around $250 and it's faster than the GT. (a little)
     
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    PeacefulAnarchy You get one for the money, two for the show, three

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    Wrong. Totally, fully, 100% fucking wrong.

    The 6800GS is a 12-pipeline part, with a core speed of c. 400MHz and 1000MHz memory.

    Likewise, the X800XL is a 16-pipeline part with a clock speed of 400MHz, and a memory speed of 980MHz. BTW, the memory on all X800XL's can be overclocked to 1GHz. Not like 20MHz will give you any noticeable gains, it'll just add an extra figure.

    Likewise, the 6800GT will pummel the shit out of a 6800GS, while an X800XL gives the 6800GT a small smack on the cheek. But if you enable AA/AF to insanely high levels, the X800XL punches the 6800GT in the fucking nose and causes a severe nosebleed.

    And the 6800GT gives the X800XL a hearty bitch slap with spiked brass knuckles when running OpenGL software, but since the industry is still going DirectX the X800XL is the better card, IMO.

    And SM3.0 truly doesn't matter, nothing supports it as of now, Source damn well doesn't, and Source is the engine to utilize at this point. And ATi cards handle Source better due to Valve's optimizations.

    The 6800GT will run some games better than the X800XL, but the X800XL runs many more games better than the 6800GT.
     
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    Yes and with the SLI feature, which I have made complete use of, you can get two 6800GTs and run them together. Sucessfully fucking the X800XL in the ass, causing massive internal bleeding....from the head.
     
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    Yeah, I'm still debating over the A8N-premium or the DFI SLi-DR.

    I think I'm pretty much going to go with the 7800 gt. I hope Dell has another deal where they sell the BFG OC for $315 :x:.
     
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    I was debating over the following for a heatsink:

    *ThermalRight XP-90c
    *Thermaltake Blue Orb II
    *Zalman 7700Cu

    I think I'm going to go with the ThermalRight because my old socket A heatsink has worked extremely well for me in the past, and although having a big 120mm fan is very nice, I don't want it to complicate my first A64 build :hs:.
     
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    Thermaltake is shit except for the Big Typhoon.
     
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    [dRu] Active Member

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    Even the Blue Orb II?
     
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    lowfat 24/Mac/SciFi/PC Crew OT Supporter

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    I'd say so, looks like a poor version of Zalman HSFs.
     
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    I just bought a new HSF for my upcoming Opteron build-

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    The SI-120 is the latest and greatest as long as it will fit your mobo. I'm planning on getting an Asus A8N32 SLI when they come back in stock. I had the Premium for a while and the nb chipset cooler didn't work very well. It also had a 239HTT limit but i understand a new BIOS has fixed that now. It was a very nice board with lots of goodies but not what i was looking for. DFI has a new Expert board floating around out there that might be worth a look...
     
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    Why did you post the invoice?
     
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    because i put my money where my mouth is.
     
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    :bowdown:

    I just read a little about the SI120 today. Sweet idea, but I think I'll stick with ThermalRight's all copper heatsinks for now :hs:.

    I just placed my order today actually:

    *A64 3700+ San Diego core
    *DFI SLi-DR
    *7800 gt

    Can't wait to get my stuff. It'll be a nice change from my socket A setup :noes:
     
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    You should of went with an Opteron 144
     

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