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Wanna build a budget 64 bit system need help

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wardog50

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reno, nevada
Hey everyone i have a few decent 32 bit sytems but ive seen the 64 bit systems just rippen my systems benches.
Ive been thinking about building a true 64 bit system that isnt EXPENSIVE.

1 Id like a cheap yet overclockable Mobo.
2 A cheap yet overclockable prcessor I was thinking a 2800+ but not commited to that.
3 I want the memory to operate in dual channel and NOT be ECC registered.

Are there ANY opteron options for mobos that use dual channel?
Or will Opterons not even make use of it?

Thanks Ahead of time

Wardog
 

Goldstandard

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I would wait a while

There are three socket types for the 64 bit athlons. 754, which is the single channel memory one that the 2800 comes on, then there is the 940 which is dual channel (although registered) for opterons and the old FX processors. Then there is the 939 which is dual channel unregistered but the cheapest cpu on that platform is 500 bucks right there. So a dual channel 64 bit motherboard cpu combo on the cheap just isn't possible right now. I'd wait till later.

Oh, and make sure you get some good ram because these systems can be picky. My old corsair C2 3200 run ok at stock speed but need the timings so loose to overclock that I am better off just sticking to stock speeds at the moment. My sig hasent been updated yet, I found out that my computer had the memclock at halfspeed so I was only doing ddr 200 when I should have been at 400 which was why I was able to overclock. (I need to get around to that.)
 

Quattro

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Nov 30, 2003
You said budget so I'd go with Socket754.
That's what I'm going to do in 3 weeks, I hope.

As for mobo I hear the MSI is crap, and the Epox is best, but for the life of me I cannot find an Epox 754 board in the UK.

I think the Asus boards might be good as well.
 
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wardog50

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Thanks guys
I may end up waiting a bit I guess.
Would a 64 bit machine get 64 bit throughput without dualchannel?
Is it basically dependent on the software?

Later
And thanks

Wardog
 

Zac42

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I recently built a very cheap A64 system for around $700 w/o monitor, KB/mouse, or speakers (it was replacing an older machine, and I already had these...) I got the MSI k8n neo platinum, one 512 stick of pc3500, A64 2800+, radeon 9600 pro 128 mb, 80 gb sata drive, combo dvd reader/cd-rw and a rosewill case/psu combo from newegg. The price was very reasonable, and the system performs great.