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    Default hmmm what should i...

    finally im getting my $300 bucks back...
    im thinking about upgrading my computer.
    what do u think is the best combo. im leaning towards AMD, preferrably about 3200+...

    i was thinking about AMD XP 3200+ and an Asus A7N8X-E Deluxe or MSI K7N2 Delta2-LSR or MSI KT6V-LSR

    i dont really kno much... btw, im a gamer.

    thanks

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    Default Re: hmmm what should i...

    Well the Athlon XP 3200+ is fairly expencive and you could probably get a sempron 2800 or so and overclock it far past that of what you are trying to do...

    For price comparisons:
    Athlon XP 3200+
    Athlon Sempron 2800
    Athlon Sempron 2600
    Athlon Sempron 2400

    Also you may want to consider saving that money and get a system worth your money.... a Gaming machine can not be built on a $300 budget..

    ~100 for motherboard, ~100-300 for processor, ~20-100 for case, ~100-500 for good video card, so as you can see unless you already have a good video card and all the rest of that stuff you can't realy make a good gaming machine...

    A list of what you already have and/or what you can aquire for next to nothing would be nice... such as your current configuration...
    My Current Rigs:
    Antec P180, OCZ Powerstream 520W, DFI nF4 SLI-DR Expert, AMD X2 4400 w/XP120(2.6GHz@1.45v), 2x1GB OCZ Platnium PC3200, BFG 7900GT@592/800(1.6), WD 250GB SATA, Maxtor 120GB IDE, LG DVD/CD Combo(black), Sony DRU-810 DL DVD Burner(black)
    3DMark01:25379, 3DMark03:19746
    3DMark05:9294, 3DMark06:5340

    Raidmax Cobra, Fortron PN-400W, ASUS A8N-E(nF4 Ultra), X2 3800 w/AMD heatpipe cooler, 2x 512MB Crucial Balistix, ATI X300, WD 250GB IDE, Samsung 16x DVD/RW

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    Default Re: hmmm what should i...

    well right what i have...

    Athlon XP 2000+
    geForce FX 5200 128mb
    ECS A7k8... sorry i forgot but i kno its an ECS
    512 pc 2100 ram
    330 power supply i believe

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    Default Re: hmmm what should i...

    Well that motherboard will support up to 333FSB I believe though I coulden't find anything on it. So any of the sempron CPU's I posted above will work with that motherboard untill you can afford to get a real good one... Again I would suggest saving you rmoney and getting mabey a socket 754 system and a sempron... If you realy want to stay with the socket A stuff get a sempron and a new motherboard Mabey somthing like this... or this if you want dual channel... It's just a coincidence that they are both the same brand...

    You are going to need new ram with this upgrade as well if you get a sempron DDR 333 should do fine... If you choose to go with the 3200 get DDR400
    My Current Rigs:
    Antec P180, OCZ Powerstream 520W, DFI nF4 SLI-DR Expert, AMD X2 4400 w/XP120(2.6GHz@1.45v), 2x1GB OCZ Platnium PC3200, BFG 7900GT@592/800(1.6), WD 250GB SATA, Maxtor 120GB IDE, LG DVD/CD Combo(black), Sony DRU-810 DL DVD Burner(black)
    3DMark01:25379, 3DMark03:19746
    3DMark05:9294, 3DMark06:5340

    Raidmax Cobra, Fortron PN-400W, ASUS A8N-E(nF4 Ultra), X2 3800 w/AMD heatpipe cooler, 2x 512MB Crucial Balistix, ATI X300, WD 250GB IDE, Samsung 16x DVD/RW

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    Default Re: hmmm what should i...

    hmmm i came to a conclusion, with an advice from someone...
    i get an athlon 2500+ then an abit NF7-S then overclock it to 3200+
    that will save me about 100 bucks then use it for a DDR 400
    mobo $80.00 + CPU $85.50 + a thermaltake silent boost Heastsink around $30 = about $200 with tax... what do u think?

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    Default Re: hmmm what should i...

    You will still need to get new memory as that PC2100 will bottleneck that upgrade severly.

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    Default Re: hmmm what should i...

    If it's just gaming/mostly you want to improve, the best thing for you to do would be to get a new video card, probably a new power supply (what brand PSU is it?), and maybe a new processor. Wether or not it's worth it is arguable, because this machine could really use an entire system rebuild, which will cost a hell of a lot more than $300 U.S. (assuming this is U.S. dollars here).

    I'd suggest this 9800 Pro if it comes back into stock. Otherwise, I'd suggest a 6600GT. Hopefully it will reduce in price when you order parts. You might also consider this 9800 Pro if it comes back into stock. A 6800LE might also be worth considering, though I'd rather have a 6600GT.

    For a power supply, which you'll most likely need, a 420W Thermaltake will do. It's overkill, but it's the cheapest thing that will be enough anyway.
    For a processor, if you can manage to fit one in your budget, a Mobile 2400 or Mobile 2500. The Mobiles are just 266MHz FSB versions of the other processor that will overclock better, if overclocking is possible with that board. The regular versions cost the same anyway, and you can just use your existing heatsink/fan (though you'll need some Arctic Silver 5 or a similar thermal compound).

    Edit: You'd want some PC3200 RAM if oyu want to overclock the FSB, as Wayout said, though just multiplier increasing will allow you to overclock with your current RAM as Mobile Bartons only run at 266MHz FSB. But that's irrelevant as that will do very little to improve most gaming. Your current video card is a larger bottleneck than that processor in any graphical game, which is generally what would benefit from a faster processor. First-person shooters, role-playing games, even strategy games will make use of a new video card more than a new processor.
    Last edited by Yawgm0th; 12-06-2004 at 01:25 PM.

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    Default Re: hmmm what should i...

    in my opinion, its my mobotherboard that limits my gaming.
    my vid card supports 8x but my mobo can only handle 8x, and yes btw, imma get a ddr 400... is it hard to OC the 2500 to 3200? cause a guy told me that he oc'ed his to 3200 with changing the voltage. to me, the video card can wait, my comp is really slow compare to most computer these days so i just want to upgrade it. so i thought of OCing a 2500 will be the best deal.

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    Default Re: hmmm what should i...

    Well despite your opinion, your motherboard is the least limting factor for your gaming. Assuming you meant it only suport 4x, that's still irrelevant since 8x is little more than a marketing scheme, meaning there's no performance difference. The Athlon XP 2000 is a decent CPU for gaming and general performance, but that video card just sucks. Upgrading both would be a good solution for overall performance and gaming performance, like I said, but "upgrading" to another socket A motherboard, especially one of those expensive ones, would be somewhat foolish IMO. However, there are valid options you haven't looked at if it's a new motherboard you want...

    If you're going to spend $300 and not get a new video card (and obviously gaming is not your primary concern), you aren't even looking at the right platform:

    Get a socket 754 system and a 3100 Sempron (which is a socket 754 processor, not socket A like the others). A $30 HSF such as the Venus 12 along with some Arctic Silver 5 will give that CPU speeds of 2.5 to 2.7GHz on a decent OCing motherboard, and that'll outperform even the most overclocked Bartons out there (they'd have to be pushing 3GHz to equal the performance). For a motherboard, either the Chaintech VNF3-250 or DFI Lanparty UT NF3 250GB, the former being ~$20 cheaper and the latter being slightly better for overclocking and more feature-rich.

    All that plus a stick of this will get you great performance, overclocked or not (amazing performance when overclocked) and should be pretty close to your budget, though you'd need that $40 PSU, which does go over the budget a tad.

    But like I said, that will won't do nearly as much as the options I described earlier for the vast majority of games. Your video card is a major bottleneck, because quite frankly it sucks. It's barely a low-end card these days. Within the next six to twelve months it'll pretty much be what I like to call a "legacy" card. That said, it will play any game, just not well.

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    Default Re: hmmm what should i...

    yea i agree, but the thing is, the game i really play, the one and only game i really put my time on is "counter strike" it does not need a hell of a graphic card. and true, i dont want my system just for gaming, i want it fast too. im used having not my vid car settings to the max, my fps just drops down when i see a smoke on CS. my friend got a dell 2.4ghz he said he doens't lagg on smoke, and i think hes got a generic vid card.

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