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cam9786
12-09-04, 03:50 PM
So, it has finally come to be upgrading time again, with Christmas coming and all. In June, I recieved a 6800 GT and OC'd it to 400/1.10 GHz to an Ultra level, so I got that part covered. My AMD XP 3200+ is aging, and so is my memory. But, I am going to prolly get some memory around Jan., and get the MOBO and CPU on the 25th of December. I am looking into an AMD Athlon 64 3200+, but I HAVE NO IDEA what core to get, what process (I hear 90nm is better for OC'ing, but it default clocks at 2.0GHz, instead of the .013 micron's 2.2GHz). Should I go for Clawhammer, Newcastle, or Winchester? The winchester is most expensive (from newegg) and it is 90nm process at 2.0GHz. Now, onto the motherboard. I am thinking of getting the ASUS A8N SLI. I have no idea how much one costs (how much is the A8N SLI Deluxe version?), but I heard somewhere around $220. I have extremely ****ty memory (PC2700 512) and I thikn OC'ing is pretty much out of the Q for the CPU. Any suggestions on what to get, CPU and mobo wise, and what it would cost me?

DiscipleDOC
12-09-04, 04:06 PM
If you are looking to upgrade right now, I would get a MSI K8N Neo2 mobo and 3200-4000 (90nm) CPU. I say "right now", because if you can hold off a month or so, the SLI boards should be plentiful....and then you can have the best of the best.

I would also think about looking into getting some better RAM, too.

cam9786
12-09-04, 06:36 PM
Bumpity bump bump

MUYA
12-09-04, 07:08 PM
Lay out your budget and priorities then we can help ya more.

But everyone (well 80% ) would say get a 90nm Winchester 3000+ or 3200+ andf overclock the bejesus out of it. (xmasgrin)

$n][pErMan
12-09-04, 07:41 PM
Id say wait ... as there is no game your system can't handle without a hitch right now ;)

cam9786
12-09-04, 08:58 PM
Sucks that I cant wait because I have to have it by Dec 25th, because my parents won't gimme $, just the item. Sucks. Will an ASUS A8N SLI be availible at like around $220 by then?

MUYA
12-09-04, 09:20 PM
Hard to say bud, try the links from the frnt page, the ads. They migt be able to help ya.

-=DVS=-
12-09-04, 11:12 PM
Since you didn't mention ill let you know if you gonna get SLI mobo or any other PCI-E you woun't be able to use your 6800 GT ! AGP don't mix with PCI-E .

Daneel Olivaw
12-09-04, 11:43 PM
As for ram, OCZ PLATINUM PC3200 Uses Samsung TCCD memory that always does cas 2 at 250MHz and 1T...

Riptide
12-10-04, 07:39 AM
As for ram, OCZ PLATINUM PC3200 Uses Samsung TCCD memory that always does cas 2 at 250MHz and 1T...
Cas 2.5 anyway. ;)

cam9786
12-10-04, 03:39 PM
Wait, the A8N Doesn't SUpport AGP At all? Damn.... Guess I'll go for a K8TN ( I think thats it) Athlon 64.

Daneel Olivaw
12-10-04, 05:20 PM
Cas 2.5 anyway. ;)

oops, my bad. I knew that ;)

bkswaney
12-11-04, 12:24 AM
If you are looking to upgrade right now, I would get a MSI K8N Neo2 mobo and 3200-4000 (90nm) CPU. I say "right now", because if you can hold off a month or so, the SLI boards should be plentiful....and then you can have the best of the best.

I would also think about looking into getting some better RAM, too.

Yep....
So an SLI board is out unless he wants
to buy a PCI-E video card to.

I would LOVE a SLI board but it's going to have
to wait.

But I'm getting a 3.4E and taking it to 4Ghz+.
So I should be ok till at least spring.

Now if I were him I would grab a 9nm 64
and board.
That should carry u 12 more months without
having to buy a crap load of new stuff.

You can also pickup some half ass memory
to do you for little money.
Just ask around some of the members here
have had great luck with some cheaper ram.

cam9786
12-11-04, 01:18 PM
OK, I am going to go for MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum and Athlon 64 3200+ 90nm for $343 total from Newegg or Monarch. You said that nForce3 Ultra 250's were good, is the K8N Neo2 Plat. a nForce 3 250, and if so, is the perf difference from an nForce4 going to be that different?

cam9786
12-11-04, 11:14 PM
bumpity bump

jAkUp
12-12-04, 12:26 AM
The K8N Neo2 is an Nforce 3 board, and the only advantage Nforce4 gives you is SLI. So if your not gonna run SLI then stick with the good ol AGP :)