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Thread: Athlon64 or P4 800FSB based system? Also need MB shopping he




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    I had an offer on my spare system and I think I'm going to take it. This means I'll be building a new system. Problem is things have changed alot since I last put a system together (less than 6 months ago).

    I haven't invested into any Athlon based systems for a long time so I'm leaning toward that but the problem there is that the new Athlon 64 3200 CPU runs about $330 (US) where I can get a nice P4 2.8 GHZ 800 FSB CPU for about $200. I bet in a few months the AMD chip will take the biggest price drop since its so new, so now might not be the time to go that way. Maybe I should stick to Intel this time.

    Questions.... What exactly is the advatage that the new AMD chip has over its Intel counterpart? Also what makes the top of the line Athlon 64 FX so spendy? ($750 plus :eek: )

    Anyway, If I did go AMD style I'd settle for the Athlon 64 3200 CPU and if I went Intel I'd go with a P4 2.8 to 3.0 GHZ 800 FSB CPU to stay closer to my price range that I want to spend on a system.

    I've mostly bought cheaper Mainboards in the past, but this time I want to up the anti a little to see the difference in quality. Whats the best new boards for both types of CPU'S?

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    Spongebob: Asus and Abit both offer a superb range of motherboards.

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    I would until the N-Force 3 250 chipsets come out if you are going to buy a A64 processor.
    Case: Aspire X-Alien Silver
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    Motherboard: Abit IC7-MAX3
    Processor: Pentium 4 2.6c
    Memory: Corsair XMS PC3500 1024MB(512x2)
    Video Card: ATI Radeon 9800 Pro
    Sound Card: Sound Blaster Audigy 2
    Speakers: Logitech Z-680

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike2010
    I would until the N-Force 3 250 chipsets come out if you are going to buy a A64 processor.
    When is that?

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    By the end of 2003/ beginning of 2004...
    Case: Aspire X-Alien Silver
    Power Supply: Antec True430
    Motherboard: Abit IC7-MAX3
    Processor: Pentium 4 2.6c
    Memory: Corsair XMS PC3500 1024MB(512x2)
    Video Card: ATI Radeon 9800 Pro
    Sound Card: Sound Blaster Audigy 2
    Speakers: Logitech Z-680

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    2.8 Ghz Prescott, same price as a 2.4C today..

    Release Feb.. :devil win

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike2010
    By the end of 2003/ beginning of 2004...
    Thats too long for me to wait if it goes into next year. I'll probably go with another P4 machine. Whats the best P4 800fsb board chipset?

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    The best chipsets for P4's are the i875 and i865. Two motherboards that I've read good things about are the Abit IC7 Max 3 i875 and the Asus P4C800-E Deluxe i875 mobos.
    Case: Aspire X-Alien Silver
    Power Supply: Antec True430
    Motherboard: Abit IC7-MAX3
    Processor: Pentium 4 2.6c
    Memory: Corsair XMS PC3500 1024MB(512x2)
    Video Card: ATI Radeon 9800 Pro
    Sound Card: Sound Blaster Audigy 2
    Speakers: Logitech Z-680

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    I875 is the best, but it's little brother I865 is cheaper and perform very good..


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    I too am looking at either the Athlon 64 3200+ or the P4 2.8c... price wise on ncix.com the athlon 64 is less than 300 CDN dollars more than the p4, with comparable prices for the mobo's. So, basically for an extra 300 biggies, you get 64-bit processing... is it really worth it?
    I'm a newb. Be nice.
    3.0C P4
    WD Raptor primary drive
    Maxtor 120Gb secondary
    ASUS p4c800 deluxe mobo
    1024MB Kingston pc3200 memory
    SB Audigy 2 LS Sound Card
    Lite on cd-rw/dvd combo drive
    Thermaltake Lanfire case w/ 420w PS
    Logitech z-640 speakers
    Sapphire 9600XT
    ...just need a monitor

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