Help deciding 333fsb w/DDR333 or 266fsb w/DD400?

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Seaner

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I am having trouble making a good upgrading decision, would you please offer an opinion(s)?

I have an MSI KT400 Ultra Board that can now support DDR400 (pc3200) memory if using a 266mhz FSB processor

or

It can support new 333Mhz FSB processor (Barton core) when using DDR333 (pc2700) memory.

QUESTION: Would I get better bang for my buck going with something like an XP 2400+ and 512mb of PC3200 or a Barton Processor (2500+) and 512mb of PC2700 to my existing 512/2700?

My current system specs are posted below. Thank you in advance for your opinions.

XP1900+ w/Thermaltake Volcano 7+
MSI KT400 ULTRA (MS6590 bios 1.0)
512 mb PC2700
SB Audigy X Gamer
40GB Maxtor 7200rpm
Gainward Geforce Ti4200 64mb w/Enhanced VGA Cooler
 
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I have two Athlon 2600 systems - one with 1 Gig of 333 Mhz Ram and the other with 512 mb of DDR 400. Personally I don't notice the difference. I suspect that unless you engage in intensive gaming / or high res video editing you won't see much difference either.

Though personally the Athlon 2500 Barton CPU is what I would go for. I've seen certain benchmark tests where it beat a 2600 without overclocking due ostensibly to its 512k cache.

See the forums at these sites for more pointers :

http://www.overclockers.com

http://www.sharkyextreme.com

http://www.techimo.com
 

Seaner

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Thanks for the reply.

I do primarily game...however I am not an avid "online" shredder or anything. Just singleplayer of all the major titles/genres.

Usually play in the 1024/768/32bpp, with most settings as high as I can get away with.

With respect to my video card, Gainward G4Ti4200 w/64mb would you upgrade at this point? If so would you consider any card other than 5900 or 9800pro?

Thanks,

Sean
 
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Hi Sean,

I too enjoy gaming - though I'm old enough to know better :)

Personally I wouldn't upgrade my card with your setup as it is its more than adequate. It just depends on your personal preferences and of course $$$.

Take a look at the sites I posted links to as the forums are ideal for people swapping tips on what works / what doesn't. I always by upper range products never the latest as it means firstly not paying just to have the top card / secondly you see feedback from people who do buy best. It gives you chance to see what if any problems arise - like heat build up / driver issues etc. And of course to see beyond manufacturer hype.

Also bear in mind that todays top flight card is tomorrows budget item - remember too the GeForce 3 was $3 - 400 only a couple of years ago.

You might also read the very extensive reviews here :

http://www.tomshardware.com

Use the search box for 'Graphics Cards' and you get data going back to '97.



Richard.

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