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Thread: What kind of hardware is needed to support an FX 5900/Radeon




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    I know mine are too low but I'm looking to upgrade. I've decided to either start from scratch with a P4 C 2.8GHz but if I can do with an AMD Barton that would definetly save me money.

    Whats the processor stepping like with these beasts? Say I went with a 2800+ (of course I'd overclock it past 3200+ speeds right out of the box...) would that top it out or could more performance be squeezed from these cards with higher CPU speeds?

    I hate when you know you're hardware can do better but you just can't get there because of a single limiting factor. After I OC'ed my 1Gig Tbird to 1.4Gig I'd say my GF3 is maxed out and I'm happy with what I got.

    Also, would going to a 333MHz board be worth my money? The guy a usualy buy from says I wouldn't notice it and barely even if I count FPS. And would moving up from PC2100 DDR (2-2-2) make an impact?
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    For your best performance get an AMD Athlon Barton core CPU, EPoX EP-8rda3+ or an Asus A7N8X deluxe, and get (2) 256mb Corsair XMS3500, or other high quality DDR RAM

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    For your best performance get an AMD Athlon Barton core CPU, EPoX EP-8rda3+ or an Asus A7N8X deluxe, and get (2) 256mb Corsair XMS3500, or other high quality DDR RAM
    Well... I could have named off all the top of line boards myself, I know they're better but by how much? $200 much? My board can support Barton processors so if I can keep that i would save me cash. And again with the RAM... I'm looking for even a short explaination.
    AMD Thunderbird AXIA 1000MHz @ 1400MHz
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    Globalwin FOP-38 w/Delta
    1024MB PC2100 DDR (2-2-2)
    Leadtek Geforce 3 TD - 210/500
    Soundblaster Live!
    Plextor 16x10x40x
    20GB WD 7200RPM ATA66
    40GB WD 7200RPM ATA133
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    Your board is a KT266 chipset, And the Nforce2 boards wallop KT400, and thats about 3steps up from yours, And an 8rda3+ only costs around $120US on Newegg, a7n8x is about the same i think

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    Yeah I live in Canada so about $200-$225 for a top end board for me.

    I'll look into the benches some more, though I'm sure I need some better RAM, it seems to be the limiting factor in my FSB OC seeing how I've replaced everything else over time in my box.

    But does any one have any real idea how much processing power is needed? You said a Barton but thats anywhere from 1.833-2.2GHz. Would a 2800+ do the job?
    AMD Thunderbird AXIA 1000MHz @ 1400MHz
    MSI K7T266 Pro2
    Globalwin FOP-38 w/Delta
    1024MB PC2100 DDR (2-2-2)
    Leadtek Geforce 3 TD - 210/500
    Soundblaster Live!
    Plextor 16x10x40x
    20GB WD 7200RPM ATA66
    40GB WD 7200RPM ATA133
    60GB Maxtor 7200RPM ATA100
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    a 2500+ Barton would be perfectly fine. Really, your better off to get like a 2600+ TbredB 333fsb model, Heck man, a 2100+ or 2200+ is fine as long as you got good RAM, and of couse a FSB overclock makes it all the better

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    If I got a new board wouldn't it be smart to get one based on the KT600 chipset instead? :snip:

    Such as this one
    AMD Thunderbird AXIA 1000MHz @ 1400MHz
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    Globalwin FOP-38 w/Delta
    1024MB PC2100 DDR (2-2-2)
    Leadtek Geforce 3 TD - 210/500
    Soundblaster Live!
    Plextor 16x10x40x
    20GB WD 7200RPM ATA66
    40GB WD 7200RPM ATA133
    60GB Maxtor 7200RPM ATA100
    Enlight Case / 17" Hansol Monitor

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    Nope, nforce2 is better, its got Dual Channel support, which will help the video card some as well.

    And as KT600 is new, itll tend to be higher priced than the nforce2

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    NO!
    I'll be posting a review in the next couple days of a KT600 based board and the chipset does not perform to the standards set by even the non-ultra versions of the nForce2 chipset. Just my opinion, but it looks as though VIA screwed the pooch with their so-called latest release. It has some very nice features that are natively supported, but High Performance is not one of the features included.
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    Thanks Darthtanion :) So its the same that happened to the KT400 in the beginning...

    I found I can get a pretty good deal from where I work (keep in mind these are Canadian $)

    A7N8x-X $120
    A7N8x-UAY $150
    A7N8x-DX $170

    The only difference I see that I'd care about (maybe Firewire) is that the A7N8x-DX has S-ATA, should I go with that for future upgradability?
    AMD Thunderbird AXIA 1000MHz @ 1400MHz
    MSI K7T266 Pro2
    Globalwin FOP-38 w/Delta
    1024MB PC2100 DDR (2-2-2)
    Leadtek Geforce 3 TD - 210/500
    Soundblaster Live!
    Plextor 16x10x40x
    20GB WD 7200RPM ATA66
    40GB WD 7200RPM ATA133
    60GB Maxtor 7200RPM ATA100
    Enlight Case / 17" Hansol Monitor

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