Upgrading comp need opinions pls.

LeStEr

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I already have two sticks of OCZ PC3200 512mb and need to decide on a new mobo and cpu. I havnt been following the hardware scene very carefully for a while and im not sure if I should go the Intel or AMD route. As for overclocking I wouldnt mind but im not sure if my memory will limit me from doing so. All input is appreciated thanks.
 

DGath

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First off... I'm an Intel guy. If you have the cash, go for the AMD 64s as people are loving them. But if you don't, the Hyperthreaded Intels are really cheap right now. If you need a mobo/cpu combo, I'd go with what I have and am happy with, an IS7 with a 2.8c. That will put you back ~$180 now? go with a 2.4c and a cheaper motherboard and you could probably cut it down to ~$130 or so.

Any Intel 865/875 chipset mobo will work with that ram, I believe.
 

MangoTBG

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I'm with Gath. IS7 (I'm an IC7 owner, and wish I had the Springdale (IS7) mobo, instead.) It has LAN on it which isn't on the IC7.

I also have the 2.4C and it overclocks like a champ. I've read somewhere that there are batchs of 2.4Cs that can reach 4GHz?!?! I dunno how true it is. I am positive that 2.6s can reach 3.4-6. My 2.4 made it to 3.0 flat.

Definately some nice overclocks :).

Oh, and @ 250MHz (2.4C would be at 3.0) you can run a 5:4 ratio and your 3200 ram would be sitting pretty.
 

adams828

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well i just upgraded, and was reading around/posting so here's what i found:

intel route
ic7 = ~$120
ic7-g max2 = ~162 (adds sata raid and onboard lan)
p4 2.6c = ~175

total = ~$282-295



amd route
asus a7n8x-x = ~$75
asus a7n8x deluxe = ~$120 (adds dual channel support and sata)
abit nf7-s = ~107
barton 2500+ (seem to be easy to overclock to 3200+ (2.2 ghz) speeds) = ~$91 (your memory should be able to handle this)

total = ~$166-211



at first i wanted to go with a p4 2.6c.. i think the performance is better, but i decided that the amd was a better price/performance option. btw, those options are based loosely on my readings, but search around the forums/websites and see what you think.. personally i think both intel and amd have there advantages/disadvanates
 

acemcmac

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Originally posted by: MangoTBG
I'm with Gath. IS7 (I'm an IC7 owner, and wish I had the Springdale (IS7) mobo, instead.) It has LAN on it which isn't on the IC7.

I also have the 2.4C and it overclocks like a champ. I've read somewhere that there are batchs of 2.4Cs that can reach 4GHz?!?! I dunno how true it is. I am positive that 2.6s can reach 3.4-6. My 2.4 made it to 3.0 flat.

Definately some nice overclocks :).

Oh, and @ 250MHz (2.4C would be at 3.0) you can run a 5:4 ratio and your 3200 ram would be sitting pretty.

I would be in your camp, also being an IC7 owner, but I found something that made up for it... a lone pci card with 4 10/100 nics on it :beer:

Best bet is to hold your horses til spring. There should be big, simultaneous releases out there from ATi (r400), nVidia (I forget), Inetl (prescott for 478)...
 

LeStEr

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Yes I will be using it for gaming, I'm just going to keep using my Ti4200 for the time being and upgrade my video card later.