Need Help Choosing CPU


Junior Member
Aug 18, 2005
Hi guys, I need help choosing a CPU. I'm hesitating between the AMD Athlon Venice 3000, 3200, or the 3500.

I was wondering if there was a huge difference in performance between the 3 that justifies the difference in price. the 3000 is $146, the 3200 is $190 and the 3500 is $224. Money isn't a huge issue, but if I could save some money for almost similar performance it would help.

I'd use this computer mainly for school work and games.

This is the rest of my build:

processor: ?
motherboard: EPoX EP-9NPA+Ultra ATX AMD Motherboard
memory: OCZ Performance Series 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200)
gfx card: 3D Radeon X800 XL
hard drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 ST3250823AS 250GB 7200 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM
case: Thermaltake SViking VA4000BWS Black Steel ATX
power supply: Fortron FSP400 400W

Another piece of important information is that I probably WON'T be overclocking for the simple reason that I'm a total noob at building computers and just getting one together is good enough for me at this point. I read that the 3000 is great for overclocking, but I won't be able to take advantage of that.

Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.


Diamond Member
Jul 2, 2001
Its hard to say but if youre not ocing, id get the 3500. zipzoomfly has 3500+ for $218 with free shipping. Thats pretty close to 3200 price.


Apr 4, 2005
if you don't plan on overclocking, get the fastest speed you can afford

with the 3000+ and the board you chose, you should be able to easily match the 3500+ speed