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[11PzG]matyast

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#1 11 years ago

Right now I am thinking of getting a new PC.

My current system is 2.1Ghz Athlon XP3000+ processor, Ati9800SE, 1gig DDR @400mhz

I am thinking of switching to: Athlon 64, 2 gig ram @667Mhz and maybe ati X1300.

I have 3 processors in my pricerange, which are as follows:

AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ EE 65w

AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600+

As you can see, they all cost 109.90 euros. The 4600+ EE costs 20 euros more. I want a system which will survive quite long, won't overheat and to which I don't have to buy additional coolers. Also, the more quiet the system the better. I usually play BF2, IL2 and Forgotten Hope, so I don't need a top end system, just a reliable one. I have been recommended the 4600+, because it runs at +.4Ghz than the 3800+ EE which was my original choice.

Then we come to videocards. The X1300 looks very nice, and is slightly better than the one I have now. Also, here I ave the same wishes, most reliable wins. My first choice so far is this: Connect3D Radeon X1300 512MB at 82 euros, thats OK. But thats really the top, as to how much I am willing to pay.

As for motherboards, this looks nice: Asus M2N-E AM2 NF570 Ultra ATX @ 102.90 euros.

*Note here* I don't want links to some cheap sites from which I could buy stuff, so consider average priceranges.




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#2 11 years ago

For that money you should be able to get one of the bottom-end Intel Core 2 Duos, which would be a better choice.




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#3 11 years ago

Out of those get the X2 4600 of course. Yes you could go bottom end intel duos but remeber you'll need to change your ram, motherboard, timings etc. That was a total drainer for me.. I guess intel and I dont mix. I went back to AMD, my set up may not be the fastest now but it plays the latest games on full and decodes fast. Isnt that what you want?




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#4 11 years ago

He's talking about 667MHz RAM, meaning he's planning to use the AM2 platform with DDR2 memory. In other words, he's already changing the memory, so why not go for the better processor at the same time?




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#5 11 years ago

Ok yeah, pays me to read the whole post, sorry. In that case forget the AM2's (even the 939 sockets / NF4's are better than those things) Duo > AM2 sadly :( Come on AMD fight back soon....




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#6 11 years ago

If you're intending to do some overclocking, save some cash on the processor by getting either the 3800+ or the 4200+, and getting a mid-range card such as a 7600 GT or X1950 Pro




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#7 11 years ago

Im still loving my 939 socket and Nforce 4. So tried and tested. Dunno bout the 1950pro though.. any good?




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#8 11 years ago

Decent enough, probably not an upgrade from a 1900XT. If it is, it's not gonna be worth the money.




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#9 11 years ago

1 1516 Kingston 2048MB 667MHz DDR2 NON-ECC CL5 120.90e 1 1604 HyperCell2 6211L-CA ATX 89.90e -box 1 10805 Asus M2N-E AM2 NF570 Ultra ATX 91.90e 1 21540 AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ EE 65W boxed pros 102.90e

Ordered. I went for the 4200+ EE65W because it suddenly got 7 euros cheaper than the slower processor, and its 65W, which hopefully will mean less heat. I preffer AMD rather than the Intel processors, so I am sticking with the AM2 for now.

The gfx cards still bug me. Connect3D Radeon X1300 XT 256MB GDDR2 either that, or the same card with 512mb for 20 euros more? Or should I wait for the X1550 with 512mb for 10 euros less?




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#10 11 years ago

More memory will never hurt, but then again, I'm running an nVidia GeForce 6600GT with only 128MB, and I don't have any issues running games like Half-Life 2 and BF2 on high, so I imagine Forgotten Hope and whatever else you play will do fine on 256MB. It's your call in the end.