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    Here's two CPU comparisons that will show you the performance differences between them.

    AnandTech: Budget CPU Shootout: Clash of the 'rons

    X-bit labs - Choosing a Budget CPU: 24 Value Processors from Intel and AMD

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    Which reminds me....

    Getting a Duron might not be bad since you're not really into gaming. the Duron 1.6GHz is probably the best bang-for-buck CPU on the market, based on the benchmarks I've seen at many sites. That would be much slower than the 2500 you're looking at, but also much cheaper. But I bet a Duron isn't even an upgrade for you...

    Whatever you do, I would still say the A7N8X is a great board for you. Even if you went with a slower Duron, it would leave you with great upgrading option. If not, it gives you basic features and good performance for a nice price. However, a cheaper motherboard that should be close to as good would be the Biostar M7NCD:
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...138-216&depa=0
    Cheaper that the ASUS with all the stuff you need, just not as good as the ASUS in performance or reliability.

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    gaming or not, I would recommend the 2500+ Barton (or better). No matter what you're doing, you will notice a significant performace increase over a budget chip. You can get a 2700+ for $99 (oem, newegg.com) or a 2500+ for $75 (oem, newegg.com - $80 for retail).

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    I beg to differ. I can surf on my bro's 800MHz laptop and then surf on my P4 2.4@3.1GHz rig---and I can't tell a difference.

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    No kidding.... My dad's 1.4GHz Celeron with 256MB of SDRAM is just fine, too... I can tell the difference over my P4 2GHz with DDR SDRAM, but it's not much in regular office-type applications.

    But you'd want something more powerful for any sort of picture, music, or video editting.

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    ok, web surfing aside, you will tell a difference. (Although, with the way Broadband is going, you'll be needing that extra CPU power in 5-6 years)

    I centainly hope he isn't investing all this money just to surf the web.

    Even with just typical Office apps, I can tell a difference between my 1600+ rig and my 2200+ rig (both with 512 RAM). I can notice an even bigger differnce on my 2.5GHz Celeron notebook, which crawls compared to my 1600+ rig.

    So like I said before, don't get the budget chip. A much better solution can be had for not a lot more. A duron is what? ~$35? A 2500+ Barton is $75? We're talking about an exta $40. When building a new rig, that's not much, especially considering the huge performance differnce.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 01001101
    So like I said before, don't get the budget chip. A much better solution can be had for not a lot more. A duron is what? ~$35? A 2500+ Barton is $75? We're talking about an exta $40. When building a new rig, that's not much, especially considering the huge performance differnce.
    But for some people out there $40 is something they don't have.

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    Thanks again for all of the replies...

    As far as the processor goes, I have the extra cash to spend for the XP2500, but not for a P4 equivalent (they seem to cost around $100 more for an equivalent speed). So I'm pretty settled on the XP2500.

    I did some checking and managed to find a sale on some RAM so I picked up an extra (identical) stick of DDR this weekend. So now I have the 2 sticks of DDR needed for a 2 channel solution. Would you guys still go with the Biostar MOBO? If the ASUS is more reliable/stable, I would prefer to go with it to avoid the hassle of crashes. But, if there's a good board with a NIC and no sound card, I'd prefer that. I'll keep researching, but if you guys have experience with anything worthwhile, I'll go with your advice over my research :-)

    Lastly, for the video card, it looks like the Radeon 9200 is the best of the bunch. I was a bit surprised that the Powercolor 9550 256MB didn't have any votes for an extra $40...I would be willing to spend the little bit extra if the performance difference was significant (even though I rarely play games). Any thoughts?

    Thanks for all your help!

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    I thought of something else that came up while buying the RAM...

    While searching for an identical stick, I noticed that some sticks are double sided (chips on both sides) and some are single sided, but both claim to have the same overall MB's. Is one better/faster than the other?

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    the biostar might crash more than the asus but for the price its a really good deal.
    if you can afford to spend more then get the asus. you wont regret it
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