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AMD 3500+ or 3700+?

Discussion in 'PC hardware help' started by mrleftnut, Feb 26, 2005.

  1. mrleftnut

    mrleftnut Member

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    Alright im building my own pc and ive decided that im definatly going with an AMD processor. My budget is about 400 dollars, which includes the motherboard. Here are some pros and cons for both processors:
    3500+:
    2.2 Ghz
    512 KB L2 cache
    socket 939
    costs about $270
    they make motherboards for it with the nforce4 nvidia
    chipset

    3700+:
    2.4 Ghz
    1 MB L2 Cache
    socket 754
    costs about $300
    they dont make motherboards for it with the nforce4
    nvidia chipset, only the nforce3
    amd is going to discontinue making 754s

    Alright any ones oppinion will be grately appreciated! thanx.
     
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    ddp Moderator Staff Member

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    go with the socket 939 as the 754 is near end of life so you have more cpu upgrades with the 939 socket in the future
     
  3. APVM

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    Don't go for 754, 939 is the way to go, 939 support dual channel and AMD 64 benefit a lot from dual channel memory setup.

    I don't think there is any motherboard support AGP with the nf4 chipset, they only support pci-e video card (correct me if I am wrong here)
     
  4. mrleftnut

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    thanx a lot. i think im going to go with the AMD 3500+ after all. I did some more research and found out it also has a higher FSB than the 3700+. if anyone has any suggestions as to what motherboard i should get, or maybe just some features i should look for, than by all means post them!
     
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    Nephilim Moderator Staff Member

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    How can the 3500+ have a higher FSB when both chips use an onboard memory controller?
     
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    still use the 939 cpu based board as more future upgrades possible compared to 754 cpu board
     
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    i will. thanx bunches!
     
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    teach & learn
     
  10. ppiper

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    go socket 939 i have a amd 3500 fsb@285x9=2.565 EASY u can get the 3200 its cheaper and reach the same speeds prime/ super pi stable skt 939 dual channel sckt 754 not. most 90nm WINCHESTERS top out at 2.6 u should be able to reach 2.5ghtz easy and get tccd memory i have gskill look on new egg and do some reading before u buy if u overclock ,i have a msi neo2 platnum motherboard and a xp-90 heat sink with a 1000amg case built last month and let me tell u this thing is fast and if u have a pci express video card and not agp go with the new dfi motherboard and get a good power supply ocz,pc power cooling etc. if u dont have alot of money go for the 64 3000 or 3200 with good ram and psu/xp-90 heat sink youll be set
     
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  11. mmalyszko

    mmalyszko Regular member

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    I would go with the 3500+. And by the way isnt the 3700+ for the 754 mobo's.
    I myself own a 3500+ OC'd at 2.4 and a ASUS A8N SLI DELUXE. It runs preety good, but i need to upgrade my graphics card, i still own a regular pci card. I know what u think, what age do i live in. Its old but it'll suit me for another ohh say a month or so. I wanna get a 6800 GT PCI-E x16 card.
     

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