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vert305
10-30-05, 07:41 PM
ok... shopping for the new motherboard/processor......
and i need help picking one out

Motherboard:
The ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 Looks GREAT

but its 160$ is there any motherboard that is better for less? or the same for less?

Processor:
Im stuck b/w the AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+, and the AMD Athlon 64 FX55

Is dual the way to go now?

i use my PC for :

Web Design (dreamweaver, flash , photoshop..etc open all at the same time )
playing games Doom3, Fear... etc
and use media center at the same time Tv, dvd...etc

TierMann
10-30-05, 08:16 PM
I'd go with the X2 if you're doing everything at once. That'll be a big improvement for multitasking over the FX55. As for games the nvidia video drivers are multi-threaded now as well so there's a slight performance increase. Doom3 shows it more than others. With that board and some decent ddr 400 or higher ram it _shouldn't_ (all systems are different) be too much of a problem OC'ing the X2 4800 to 2.6ghz to match the FX55. Either way the difference is really minimal for performance in single-threaded apps.

vert305
10-30-05, 09:22 PM
You know thats what i was thinking ... Oc'ing the 4800. but i would really hate to burn out a chip that is going to cost me 800$ ... is 2.6 to much for the 4800?

Amuro
10-30-05, 09:27 PM
You know thats what i was thinking ... Oc'ing the 4800. but i would really hate to burn out a chip that is going to cost me 800$ ... is 2.6 to much for the 4800?
No, you can achieve that on stock cooler.

vert305
10-30-05, 09:46 PM
then i guess the 4800 it will be!!! its also cheaper by a few bucks then the FX.

what about the motherboard? anyone know of a good sli motherboard? under 160$ and 939 X2 compat.

Hex
10-30-05, 09:49 PM
2.6 can be done on the 4400 without too much sweat on air.

einstein_314
10-30-05, 11:53 PM
2.6 can be done on the 4400 without too much sweat on air.
Yeah, I'd say go with a 4400. Save yourself some money for something else.

mx125race
10-31-05, 12:17 AM
get the X2 4400 with good cooling and OC.I doubt you'll need water cooling, just have a good CPU fan and heatsink... Gigabyte has pretty good SLi boards for not too much. im too lazy to post a link. Look on teh Egg

jAkUp
10-31-05, 02:49 AM
Definetely go for the X2 :) Doing 2.75GHz on mine with some mild watercooling :D

ViN86
10-31-05, 10:09 AM
yea X2 hits some crazy clock speed. both my cores are 500MHz over their designed speeds. i feel like theres more head room, but i idle under 40C, so i dont really want to push it too far.

vert305
10-31-05, 10:32 AM
ok X2 chips. ( I have no water cooling ) i was looking at the zalmen heatsinks:

(NewEgg Prices)

the 4800 is $791.00 2.4

and the 4400 is 497.00 2.2

If i OC the 4400 to 2.4 will that be the same as having a 4800?

what is the highest speed do you think i can reach with a 4400?

and does the 4800 have a higher OC speed? What im kinda asking is the 4800 just a AMD OC of the 4400?

vert305
10-31-05, 10:59 AM
Oh PS... (Question) do i have to reinstall Windows MCE if i change out the motherboard and processor?

This is my first time upgrading

jAkUp
10-31-05, 11:00 AM
How much more is the A8N SLI Premium? If the price is close you should consider that one instead.

As for an OC.. its hard to say, but you should be able to do 2.4-2.6

And yes, if you OC it to 2.4GHz it would be pretty much identical to the 4800.

vert305
10-31-05, 11:16 AM
thats great ... i have now ended the buy now on ebay for my 7800 card... I GET TO KEEP IT :) ... i really didnt want to sell her.

i will go with the 4400 and save my self $300.00+ keeping my 7800

thanks everyone!

Amuro
10-31-05, 09:33 PM
Oh PS... (Question) do i have to reinstall Windows MCE if i change out the motherboard and processor?

This is my first time upgrading
Yeah, you need to reformat for best results. BTW, the 4800+ can OC to 2.7ghz with just stock cooling.

http://www.atomicmpc.com.au/article.asp?SCID=16&CIID=25051