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    Hey people! Iíve been having a hard dilemma about what should i buy with the computer i built. The only problem is when it comes to processors and mainboard. Simply, I need my computer to run stable with applications and web browsing. Iím not playing games that much but when i do, i play the latest games, but i don't need all expensive video and sound cards, i rather stay with my geforce 2 and my sound card. So i rather cut off the "onboard" gaming performance and buy a mainboard that is more for speed than graphics. So what do you think, amd or p4? And what kind of mainborad?<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>

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    Default Re: no time for gaming

    AMD will give you better perfromance for what you pay. I cn't tell what CPU and mobo in particular without you giving me a budget. Also listing your current specs would help. Are you just looking to upgrade certain parts?

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    Well my budget is around 250, could be more if it's reasonable. Currently I have amd 1.3 really old. However i just bought from newegg 1GB dual kit (2x512 DDR400). I have geforce 2 mx 400 (which satisfing my needs), Creative 128 sound card, DVD Rom x16 and cdrw. Itís a 2-3 years old computer, but as I mention gaming is minority. I need something to run my applications (CorelDraw, PrintShop, Office XP, and Web) fast. For instance, I know ram could have been my problem, but it's useless this fast dual ram with my motherboard and processor... My computer is still running slow.
    amd 64 sounded good. But I couldn't decide if it's better than the 1mg cash that p4 has. And I wouldn't even bother to try to get into motherboards lol.... HELP!
    Thank you

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    Default Re: no time for gaming

    Well if you want to stick with Socket A:
    Chaintech SKT600
    AMD Sempron 3000 $128 or
    AMD Sempron 2800 $111
    If you want to go 754 then its gonna cost more. the budget alows for a better modo, but I sugeset you get a better vid card too, you dont need much though and you will probably be fine with that one.
    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: no time for gaming

    A socket 754 system can be had on this budget, if your current PSU can handle it, that is. What wattage and brand is it?

    For a socket A system, I'd go with a cheap nForce 2 motherboard such as this. I'd also recommend getting an Athlon XP Barton over a Sempron since they are great performers and aren't too overpriced yet. If you wanted to overclock the system, which I would recommend if you watn those apps to run faster, something like this and a Mobile Athlon XP Barton would be better, along with a decent heatsink/fan and Arctic Silver 5.

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    Yawg he said basic utilities not overclocking, he doesent need a mobile and considering they dont make those anymore he would have to go to ebay or somthing like that, I totaly forgot about nForce2 haha(damn cutting fumes), yes that motherboard would be much better. But again you don't need a Mobile, and the Barton 3200 is $205. The Barton 3000 is $165, but is only 333FSB, the Semprons are also 333FSB. The Semprons are a lot cheaper and proform nearly as well as the Bartons if not at par with.
    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: no time for gaming

    hahahah dudes! you're being too careful on my pocket. i just said 250 because i had no idea. tell me what you think without thinking about the money (but let's not get too high). i thought about the SOLTEK "SL-K8AN2E-GR" NVIDIA nForce3 250Gb Chipset Motherboard For AMD Socket 754 CPU with AMD Athlon 64 3200
    why should i go barton and not 64?
    thanks a lot

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    Default Re: no time for gaming

    Yawgmoth has said this before, but the chaintech vnf3-250 is a good 754 board at a fair price.

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    Default Re: no time for gaming

    Quote Originally Posted by Amd_Lover2004
    Yawg he said basic utilities not overclocking, he doesent need a mobile and considering they dont make those anymore he would have to go to ebay or somthing like that, I totaly forgot about nForce2 haha(damn cutting fumes), yes that motherboard would be much better. But again you don't need a Mobile, and the Barton 3200 is $205. The Barton 3000 is $165, but is only 333FSB, the Semprons are also 333FSB. The Semprons are a lot cheaper and proform nearly as well as the Bartons if not at par with.
    He also said he wants to run them fast... Any Barton above 2600 is a waste of money, and any Sempron above $80 U.S. is too.

    If we're being to easy on your wallet, then go for a Chaintech VNF3-250 and an Athlon 64 2800, 3000, 3200, 3400, or 3700 (higher numbers obviously meaning faster, more expensive processors). I'd recommend a 420W Thermaltake PSU for this system, unless you have a fairly powerful PSU right now.

    If you wanted some better upgradability at increased cost, an nForce 4 or nForce 4 Ultra (preferably Ultra since it's much better and not more expensive at the moment) board such as a Chaintech VNF4 (currently the best choice available at Newegg). For the CPU, you would have to get a socket 939 Athlon 64 3000, 3200, 3400, or 3500 (there are other models, but they're rediculously expensive). The catch here is that not only will the motherboard and CPU cost more, but you'd need a PCI Express video card, which will cost at least $60. I'd say a 480W Thermaltake forsomewhere around $60 will do it for this. This is the best option, but will be hard on your wallet, considering it'll cost you over $400.

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