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Old 12-30-2004, 07:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My friend got an AMD Athlon 64 3700+ for Christmas. I told him to sell it, but knowing he is a monster overclocker like me who never gives up, I then suggested for him to use it. He told me to figure out a nice setup for him that was cost effective and overclocker-friendly. Please check this setup. Thank you.

AMD Athlon 64 3700+
DFI Lanparty UT nf3 250gb
PQI Power Series 1 x 1GB DDR400
eVGA GeForce 6600GT 128MB GDDR3
Optorite DVD +/- RW 8x
LG 52x CD-ROM Drive
Creative Labs SB Audigy 2 ZS Gamer LE
Samsung 120GB HDD SATA 7200 RPM
Samsung 120GB HDD SATA 7200 RPM
Thermalright XP-120 Heatsink
CoolerMaster 120MM Green Neon LED Fan
Thermaltake XAserV Daimer
Aspire Turbo Case 500W 12V Dual Fan PSU
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I would go 2x512 sticks of RAM to utalize Dual Channel.
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You can't get dual channel on 754 processors. That is why I originally told him he should sell it which he didn't.
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Old 12-30-2004, 09:25 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I don't think you will need a separate CD-ROM drive along with the DVD-RW because the DVD should do all that a CD ROM drive does...unless there is a good reason for it.
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does he need 240 GB?
And the sound card could be dumbed down also
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Well, when he was originally going to get a 3800+, he wasn't going to use all this extra stuff. Now he doesn't need to buy the processor so he is spending $473 lavishly. What would be an alternative and more cost effective setup using the A64 3700+ and the DFI UT nf3 250gb board?
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I would get a CDR/RW + DVD combo, with a 16x DVD burner (which burns dual layer)

the CDR/RW + DVD will read and write faster than the DVD burner, although the DVD burner can actually burn DVD's

if he still has a warranty, I would return the 3700+ and mobo, and get a socket 939 3200+ or 3500+ winchester with an Abit AV8 3rd eye

the Winchester 3200+ and 3500+ seem to be able to overclock better than the clawhammers or newcastles
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No warranty. But remember, if he is able to push it to 2.8 GHz, then he has something that roughly surpasses an FX-55.
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