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anzak
11-17-04, 07:42 PM
Would an nForce 3 250 and Athlon 64 2800+ be an upgrade over my overclocked Athlon XP? What about my PC2700 memory, would it be holding the CPU back? This is what I was thinking of getting.

http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProductDesc.asp?description=13-152-043&catalog=23&manufactory=BROWSE

http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProductDesc.asp?description=19-103-452&catalog=23&manufactory=BROWSE

Thanks.

anzak
11-18-04, 08:01 AM
Only 19 views? Maybe I need a better thread title.

MUYA
11-18-04, 09:24 AM
didn't anandtech equate the A64 2800+ to a barton 3200+?

I have a barton 2800+ @ 2.2GHz but, I am upgrading to a FX53....saturday!!! :D

|JuiceZ|
11-18-04, 09:47 AM
Skip the pc2700 & pickup some OCZ Plat 2 3200 and o'c that combo. It'll be a much more worthy upgrade then. If not, just save some more $$ & go S939 w/ a64 3200+. Remember the key to a64 performance is fast ram, so not matter which cpu you buy, stay away from the generic ram.

Bill The Cat
11-18-04, 01:54 PM
I'd say it'd be a huge performance increase if you go S939 as JuiceZ says. But I'd do a 3000+ and overclock the hell out of it.

Gator
11-22-04, 12:12 PM
Athlon64 is nice, but your AthlonXP @ 2.5ghz is pretty damn impressive. I donot think an A64 2800 would be worth it unless you know for sure that it'll overclock well.

In your case I wouldn't buy any less than an A64 3400 S754; or an A64 3000 S939 Winchester and just overclock the hell out of it. ;)

And yes PC2700 will work perfectly fine with an Athlon64. PC3200 or higher is recommended, but not required.

911medic
11-24-04, 01:21 PM
Would an nForce 3 250 and Athlon 64 2800+ be an upgrade over my overclocked Athlon XP? What about my PC2700 memory, would it be holding the CPU back? This is what I was thinking of getting.

http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProductDesc.asp?description=13-152-043&catalog=23&manufactory=BROWSE

http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProductDesc.asp?description=19-103-452&catalog=23&manufactory=BROWSE

Thanks.I just upgraded to that mobo and a 3000+ from an OC'd XP 2100+ (T-Bred, ~2.1GHz). Also upgraded my HD to a Raptor. Noticeably smoother gaming, and I'm not OC'd on the new rig yet. Not apples-to-apples with your OC'd CPU, but I think you'd see a difference, IMHO. It's a relatively cheap upgrade, as I'm sure you know. You'll definitely want at least PC3200, tho. PC2700 will work, if you can't afford new memory, but it will be holding you back.

Jethro
11-24-04, 01:48 PM
An overclocked 939 machine would be an upgrade. 754 has no future upgrade potential remember! Dont skimp on memory whatever you do! 1 gig of Partriot XBL 3200+ ram is only 223 @ newegg right now. I just got a gig of it my self runs 230's @ 2 2 3 7 timings but as the "3200+" indicates it will also run DDR500+ @ 2.5 3 3 timings. Many doods getting them up to 275+ on A64 rigs. You could always buy it later of course.

911medic
11-24-04, 08:35 PM
754 has no future upgrade potential remember!Depends on your definition of "upgrade." If you mean being able to upgrade to future processors that haven't been released yet, then yes, S754 is not the way to go. If you want to start out with a 2800+ or a 3000+ and upgrade to a 3700+ when prices drop, certainly there's upgrade potential.
I built my last system with the intention of making it easily upgradeable, but by the time I was ready, there was new technology out I wanted that my current mobo couldn't support, so I ended up buying a whole new setup anyway. The trends continue. Buying a S939 now means no SLI (unless you happen to get your hands on one of the few new boards out that support it), and I'm sure there'll be more new features that come out that will be desirable in the future. Not dissing S939, but if you're like me, there'll ALWAYS be something better by the time you want to upgrade.

-=DVS=-
11-24-04, 08:59 PM
True cheap 754 to hold you till next years SLI madness is plentfull , actually you don't realy even need to upgrade to AMD 64 2800+ in anycase , you migh as well find empty jar and save up cash for 4 more months by then we should have moust if not all new toys ;)

anzak
11-24-04, 11:25 PM
Im going to see how things look after christmas. I might get a 90nm 939 and 1 gig of PC3200 so I can run dual channel (I have 768 of crappy PC2700 right now).

faraday
11-25-04, 08:48 AM
Just noticed your sig anzak...how does longhorn run?

anzak
11-25-04, 11:23 AM
Just noticed your sig anzak...how does longhorn run?

Like crap. I understand that it is an early build but I expected the performance to be better. To top it off, I can't find working ethernet drivers for my nForce 2 mobo. Since it was a gift from a friend I shouldnt complain.