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JJJDrums2000
08-07-04, 10:40 PM
I was wondering what motherboards and processors are good for gaming but also not to expensive.

Rytr
08-07-04, 11:24 PM
With good PC3200 ram the Abit NF7-S coupled with a 2500+ Barton performs well for a combination under $200. Ram capable of running at 200MHz FSB gives a solid 2.2GHz even with a 'locked' 2500+ Barton processor.

Clay
08-08-04, 12:42 AM
What video card do you have (or plan to have soon)? Once you have a new system, how long do you plan on keeping it without upgrading it? I ask because most every mid to upper range video card is going to suffer a bit from your CPU being the bottleneck on all but the very fastest motherboard/CPU combos..even then some of the uber video cards will still scale further.

JJJDrums2000
08-08-04, 12:17 PM
I might get a 6800 series or an x800 series video card. As for the mother board I want it to be at least 2.8 ghz.

stncttr908
08-08-04, 12:50 PM
I might get a 6800 series or an x800 series video card. As for the mother board I want it to be at least 2.8 ghz.
Well, that would be impossible for my suggestion. I'm partial to AMD, but they don't have any models that run at such a speed. However, AMD processors do more instructions per clock, so an Athlon XP 2800+ can come close to a P4 2.8B w/a 533MHz system bus. An Athlon 64 2800+ should be able to come close to a P4 2.8GHz.

If you're serious about gaming then I'd look into a Clawhammer (1MB L2 cache) Athlon 64 3200+. That would offer you a good price/performance balance accompanied by an MSI K8N Neo-FSR motherboard. Together they'd come out to about $325.

If that's too much money for you, then you can go with a Mobile Athlon XP 2400+, Abit NF7-S 2.0 board, and overclock it like crazy with some decent RAM. That board/CPU combo would run you about $170.

JJJDrums2000
08-08-04, 02:06 PM
I would like to spend around 250. I also dont want to overclock anything. Any good combo around that price range?

Clay
08-08-04, 03:20 PM
I would like to spend around 250. I also dont want to overclock anything. Any good combo around that price range?
Well I would suggest something like an AMD Athlon 64 3200 (w/ 1MB of L2...the 3000's and some 3200's have just 512KB). However, those will cost you a bit over $200. Finding a motherboard to match in your $250 price range will be tough. You can come close but you'll still be over depending on the motherboard. This Chaintech K8T800 motherboard (VIA chipset) (http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=13-152-039&depa=1) is only $64 but I'm don't know much about it. Their nForce 3 chipset model (http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=13-152-043&depa=1) jumps up to $82. If you're not interested in overclocking then don't write off an ECS motherboard (http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=13-135-147&depa=1). They are very no frills but stability is usually one of their strong characteristics. Hope this helps, good luck!