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    my next htpc build is going to be AM2+ or atleast that is my plan with the msi board with the roller-coaster heat sinks

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    Quote Originally Posted by saltynay View Post
    you do know to take full advantage of the new K10 processors you need a socket AM2+ or socket F motherboard the K10's will work with am2 boards but not anywhere near as efficiently as on an AM2+ the motherboards aren't out yet they are suppose to start being released next month.....
    What do you mean by 'anywhere near as efficiently'?

    Speed-wise they'll be more or less identical, as HT isn't a bottleneck in desktop applications.

    Power-saving-wise they'll only be a bit better, due to independant voltage for the cores - most gamers don't even run CnQ anyway so no gain there.

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    you do know to take full advantage of the new K10 processors you need a socket AM2+ or socket F motherboard the K10's will work with am2 boards but not anywhere near as efficiently as on an AM2+ the motherboards aren't out yet they are suppose to start being released next month.....
    Who can say? I started this project in April and placed the main order for parts at least 3 weeks ago. It's only due to there being no 6000+s in stock at any of the major etailers I checked that it's taken this long to be built. In the end I settled for a 5600+ as it is just a temporary fill in CPU anyway.

    I waited for the R600 release before getting a graphics card (bah is all I have to say and probably DAAMIT ) but with new tech out every month where do you draw the line with waiting? AM2+? Agena (Phenom)? R650? You've just got to say enough! I want my new PC already, not in 4 months!

    Will the new AM2+ boards work straight out of the box? I've got mature technology with most if not all the bugs ironed out.

    I've seen little about the new AM2+ specifics but I did read something suggesting the main benefits it bought were HT3 but that it was only really utilised fully by the F socket dual cpu boards.

    When the processors are out and they have been tested in old and new broads I'll then decide if I need an AM2+ board with my shiny new cpu Until then I've got 4+ months of gaming to do. The fly in the ointment would be if I have to get new OEM software if I do change my mobo...

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    Let's not get into an OEM licence discussion here please!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Will101 View Post
    Let's not get into an OEM licence discussion here please!
    you know what it's not your fault with the oem thingy, if someone starts moaning about it tell them to go talk to microsoft. the build looks good. if you opted to ditch the watercooling the thermalright extreme would be a good heatsink for you to keep the cpu cool, akasa i'd swap for the antec 900 - but thats personal preference really. im not sure if the 900 performs better. if your gonna upgrade to the new phenom/agena/barcelona cpu's from amd in a few months then why not get cheaper ram, i mean if your not going to overclock just save some £££ because who knows once the new cpus are out the new mobos will come out and they might have support for something higher than ddr2 6400.

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    Huge relief on Saturday morning when it POSTed first time. Unfortunately there wasn't an easy way round getting XP raid drivers installed without a floppy so I had to hang a floppy drive out the side of the case whilst installing XP. Then installed Vista where it stuck at 'expanding files - 1%' so I rebooted and it ran straight through second time.

    After a weekend of installing updates and drivers I could do with a rest! I was chuffed to see Vista has it's own disk imaging utility and with that done I can now start loading fun stuff on!

    I ran a performance check and was pleased to see 5.9 across the board except for a 5.3 for the CPU. That'll change later this year I'm sure...

    There were a few driver incompatibility problems even though the ASUS site listed them as being specifically for Vista x32/x64. Strange when it can up saying I had to install 98/ME/2000/XP. No I said.

    Next up time to run some benchmarks to see if everything's up to speed but I might get sidetracked into BF2 first!

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