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PaveFE

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Dilemma: Money to spend and not knowing what would be better.

I recently decided to build another computer and bought a few items, but haven't built it yet. I'm starting to have second thoughts and was wondering what would be better? Here's what I bought, followed by a comparison of what I could buy. I would like some opinions as to which would be better (faster) for gaming and such.

MOBO - K7N2 Delta-L (Already purchased locally, but can return if I want)
Specifications
Supported CPU: Socket A AMD Athlon/AthlonXP/Duron Processors
Chipset: nVIDIA nForce2 Ultra 400 + MCP
FSB: 200/266/333/400MHz
RAM: 3x DIMM support DDR400/333/266/200 Max 3GB
IDE: 2x UltraDMA 133 Max 4 Devices
Slots: 1x AGP 4X/8X, 5x PCI, 1x ACR
Ports: 2xPS2,1xCOM,1xLPT,1xLAN,6xUSB2.0(Rear 4),Audio Ports
Onboard Audio: Realtek ALC650 6-Channel Codec
Onboard LAN: 10/100M Fast Ethernet
Form Factor: ATX

CPU - AMD Athlon XP 3200 (Actually I have the 2500, but would get the 3200)
Specification
Model: AMD Athlon XP 3200+
Core: Barton
Operating Frequency: 2.2GHz
FSB: 400MHz
Cache: L1/64K+64K; L2/512K
Voltage: 1.65V
Process: 0.13Micron
Socket: Socket A

Here's what I could buy ( or at least something similar):

MOBO - MSI 865G NEO2-PLS
Specifications[
Supported CPU: Socket 478 Intel Pentium 4 Processors
Chipset: Intel 865G + ICH5
FSB: 800/533/400MHz
RAM: 4x DIMM Support DDR 400/333/266MHz Max 4GB
IDE: 2x ATA 100 up to 4 Devices
Slots: 1x AGP 8X/4X, 5x PCI
Ports: 2xPS/2,1xCOM,1xLPT,8xUSB2.0(Rear 4),1xVGA,1xLAN,SPDIF Out(Optical),Audio Ports
Onboard Audio: Realtek ALC655 6-Channel CODEC
Onboard Video: Intel Extreme Graphics 2
Onboard LAN: Realtek 8100C 10/100Mbps
Onboard SATA: 2x Serial ATA 150
Form Factor: ATX

CPU - Intel P4
Specification
Model: Intel Pentium 4 3.2C w/ Hyper Threading
Core: Northwood
Operating Frequency: 3.2GHz
FSB: 800MHz
Cache: L1/12K+8K; L2/512K
Voltage: 1.55V
Process: 0.13Micron
Socket: Socket 478
Multimedia Instruction: MMX, SSE, SSE2
Warranty: 3-year MFG
Packaging: Retail box (with Heatsink and Fan)

Aslo here's the Memory and Video that I plan on using:

Case-ANTEC PLUS660AMG (Will this be enough?)
http://www.antec-inc.com/us/pro_details_enclosure.php?ProdID=90662

Memory
1GB (or 2GB) DDR 400

Video Card (Already purchased)
ATI Radeon 9800XT

Money is not an issue, I don't mind spending if I know I'm getting some great gear.

What do you think?? And why??
 
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If money is no object then go with Intel. Even though AMD will performe up to par with Intel ( and i'm a AMD fanboy :D ) i'll suggest to go with Intel. If you're a gamer ( and money is no object ) then i would suggest going with an AMD FX. Best cpu for gaming
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active95 said:
If money is no object then go with Intel. Even though AMD will performe up to par with Intel ( and i'm a AMD fanboy :D ) i'll suggest to go with Intel. If you're a gamer ( and money is no object ) then i would suggest going with an AMD FX. Best cpu for gaming
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I'm looking for more details on why I should go with who. It seems the Intel MOBO and CPU would be the way to go with the 800MHz FSB vs the AMD's 400. Or is there more to the story? I only wish I was smart enough.
 
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It's more to the story Pave.. if you want an indepth look , check out www.hardocp.com or www.tomshardware.com or www.anandtech.com to get a lo-down on the whole thing.
Now keep in mind that none of those run at the "adv" speed. Basically a AMD will run at 200 FSB , but since its DDR it get to 400.. and with intel it goes even more ....so stop by those sites and will see..
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Great video card, but keep in mind that they are coming WAY down in price in a few months when the new R420 and R423 come out.

Not a big fan of MSI... in fact I'm helping someone right now who is having problems with one :p
 
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I have a 865pe neo2 and it overclocks like a champ. as you can see the 2.4b is at 3.01 and runs at idle around 24 degree under load low 40s . I like the pentiums cause of how well they deal with heat, less heat = longer life.
 
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