Which Motherboard and CPU is best?

By puppetgrimm1
Nov 12, 2005
  1. Hello,

    I 'm getting ready to buy a new motherboard and CPU and was wondering which is better. First "ASUS ASN-SLI Deluxe socket 939 nvidia nForce4 SLI ATX amd mothboard for $164.00" or "GIGABYTE GA-K8N Pro SLI Socket939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI ATX AMD Motherboard. $106.00 "

    Second I as wondering which CPU to get an AMD Athlon 64 x 2 3800+ 1Ghz FSB 2 x 512KB L2 cache socket939 dual core processor for $322.00 or the AMD Athlon 64 3700+ San Diego 1GHz FSB1MBL2 Cache Socket 939 processor for 233.00. also, are there any other CPU like the athlon 64 x 2 3700+ or lower that have the Dual Core Technology or is that simply for high end processors?

    Thank for any help.
  2. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    For dual-cores X2 Athlon64s you have the 3800+ (2GHz, 512KB of L2), 4200+ (2.2GHz, 512KB of L2), 4400+ (2.2GHz, 1024KB of L2), 4600+ (2.4GHz, 512KB of L2) & 4800+ (2.4GHz, 1024KB of L2). Nothing below that.

    If you want cheaper, you can get a Opteron 165 which is a 1.8GHz dual-core part with 1024KB of L2. It is on the Socket-939, so you just need a Socket-939 board & regular memory (no registered/ECC memory needed).

    Otherwise you can get something along the lines of an Athlon64 3000+/3200+/3500+ if you're into gaming only. The extra core on the dual-core parts are not yet used in games. They gives you more flexibility in running multiple applications at the same time but it's otherwise not noticeable right now.
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