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    Default Athlon XP 3200+

    I looking at building a new PC, and I am concerned as to how long an Athlon XP 3200+ will last me in this day and age. I want something that'll last me at least a year or two before I have to upgrade. I'm looking at playing some of the newer games, Farcry, Doom III, Half-Life 2, games like that. Any thoughts?

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    Default Re: Athlon XP 3200+

    It'll last a year or two before it starts to be relatively slow, and you'll have upgrading options without replacing the motherboard.

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    Default Re: Athlon XP 3200+

    What sort of upgrading options? I thought AMD was done with the XP line, and the 3200+ is the highest is it not? Unless you're talking about overclocking? I plan on getting the DFI NFII Ultra Infinity motherboard. What sort of overclocking options does this have?
    Last edited by Spider-One; 08-23-2004 at 02:51 PM. Reason: Can't spell :)

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    Must not have been thinking straight.... Don't get an Athlon XP 3200. I was thinking of an Athlon 64 3200. For the price of a 3200 and a socket A motherbaord you can easily afford a Socket 754 motherboard and Athlon 64 or Sempron (when the socket 754 version becomes more widely available).

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    Default Re: Athlon XP 3200+

    I've been looking at the Athlon 64's, and since price isn't that far off it seems like the better buy. Also, I've been reading that some motherboards do not feature 1600 mhz fsb, only 800, so what'd be the best motherboard that'll take full support of the cpu, and have decent oc options?

    Would the Corsair Value Select ram work for oc'ing? If not, could I oc the ram and make it work, or should I look at buying better ram?
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    Default Re: Athlon XP 3200+

    You want to stay away from KT800 and nForce 3 150 motherboards. Just about any nForce 3 250 motherboard will do, but the Chaintech VNF3-250 is one of the best performers and overclockers and is also quite cheap. The Epox EP-8KDA3J is quite good as well, and has a few more features, if you need them.

    For the RAM, Corsair Value Select will work, but don't expect much out of it. Some PC3500 will do much better for overclocking. At the very least, some quality PC3200 such as Corsair XMS would be better for overclocking.

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    Default Re: Athlon XP 3200+

    Both the mother boards you listed show it as taking DDR 400 ram, would 3500 sticks work? I would imagine it would, but run at 3200 until you overclock your ram, am I talking crazy talk?

    Also, the Epox says it has an 800 mhz FSB, shouldn't that be 1600 mzh?
    Last edited by Spider-One; 08-24-2004 at 08:03 AM. Reason: Epox Stuff

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    Default Re: Athlon XP 3200+

    You figured it out yourself :)

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    Default Re: Athlon XP 3200+

    Also, with the FSB stuff, is it 800 mhz with 32 bit apps, and 1600 mhz under 64 bit? Or is it always 800? Or is it always 1600, which would be 800 under HT mode? I don't know, just throwing out guesses here.

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    Default Re: Athlon XP 3200+

    It's actually 800MHz in each direction for a combined 1600MHz.

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