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What would be better??

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  1. PaveFE

    PaveFE Thread Starter

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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??
     
  2. active95

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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
    HTH
     
  3. PaveFE

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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.
     
  4. active95

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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..
    HTH
     
  5. PaveFE

    PaveFE Thread Starter

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    Thanks for the info, I'll check them out later
     
  6. Wet Chicken

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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
     
  7. Derrick

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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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