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upgrading CPU and Mobo...Intel or AMD?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Chum, Oct 2, 2003.

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  1. Chum

    Chum Thread Starter

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    Should I get the P4 2.6 or AMD 2800. (The Mobo choice is Asus for either.) The sales guy was talking up the AMD cause it "is faster" even though his store would be making less money. I can get the AMD chip and mobo for about $439(with DDR memory) or the P4 chip and mobo(with same memory) for about $50 more.
     
  2. compilerxp

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    $440? Should be closer to $400 with 512mb. I assume you mean ASUS A7N8x Deluxe Version.

    Here are 2 threads, check them out.

    http://forums.techguy.org/t168239/s.html

    http://forums.techguy.org/t164697/s.html

    I wouldn't spend too much money... in 2004 a lot of hardware will be changing from both camps.

    Save some money - get an AMD 2500 or 2600 both are about $100 or less with CPU (Retail version).
     
  3. Chum

    Chum Thread Starter

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    I have read through the AMD vs Intel debates...and I am even more confused. I am leaning towards the AMD because of price...

    here are the prices and components I am considering...

    Intel Pentium4 2.66GHz (Boxed/533MHz/512K ATC/PGA/478Pin) $ 229.99
    ASUS P4P800 ***800FSB***(Dual Channel DDR\8X AGP\Gigibit LAN\SATA\6 Channel Audio) $ 149.99


    AMD Athlon XP 2800+ **333 FSB** CPU Socket A $ 209.99
    ASUS A7N8X *400MHz FSB*(Dual Channel DDR400\6 Channel AUDIO\8X AGP Pro\USB 2.0) $ 119.99 (nVidia chipset)


    DDR-SDRAM PC3200 (400Mhz) 512M Micron $ 109.99
     
  4. compilerxp

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    Get the AMD XP2500 for $90~100 (RETAIL) and overclock it to the XP 2800 speeds for free.... with a better heatsink and more balls - to an AMD XP3000~3200 speeds.

    (Set Multiplier from 11.0x to 12.5x - Front Side Buss Speed is optional, but typically 170mhz is easy.)

    The Deluxe version of the board includes Firewire (awsome), dual networking and SATA/RAID.... for about $20 more.
     
  5. RSM123

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    What you really need to do is decide what you will use your system for primarily.

    Are you an avid gamer / or merely casual ? As you make no mention of what graphics card you would utilise in your new system ...

    Do you work with high res graphics / video editing ...

    Do you often need to have multiple applications open ....

    Is this going to be your main pc - or an addition to what you already have, if so what other systems are you running ....
     
  6. gotrootdude

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    Compiler is right, the most bang for the buck is the 2500+ Athlon (333) with the A7N8X (deluxe with SATA raid). Not only do you get a fast chip (with excellent overclocking), but the sound is much better than the P4 board by far.... Make sure they give you a decent heatsink and use Artic Silver thermal paste. Most PC companies stick thermal tape or generic paste under the heatsink.. Ask for Artic Silver to be used specifically.
     
  7. Chum

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    Well...the decision is made...and the price paid! Should be picked up nxt Tuesday.

    ASUS P4P800 ***800FSB***(Dual Channel DDR\8X AGP\Gigibit LAN\SATA\6 Channel Audio)

    Intel Pentium4 2.6GHz **800FSB**(Boxed/512K ATC/PGA/478Pin

    2 Micron 256 DDR (had to use 2 to utilize Dual Channel DDR)



    I use this machine for gaming...it is my only machine...going to build one for my daughter with previous mobo and cpu.

    To answer RSM123...my vid card is Leadtek Geforce TI4200 128 Meg 8X capable (AGP 3.0)

    "Do you often need to have multiple applications open ...."
    No.
     
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