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Rob_0126
08-04-06, 05:32 PM
I have an Athlon XP 1700(1.46ghz'ish) system w/ 1 gig of ram, 400wt ps, and a g4 ti 4600.

What Im wondering is, what 64bit processor should I shoot for, as a good price, and a solid board?

I dont want to spend a ton, just upgrading the board and cpu. I currently run a K7N2-L board; I like the nforce boards.

Suggestions?

Robert

SH64
08-04-06, 05:56 PM
I'd say the X2 3800+ ... nice dualy for a reasonable price.
& you can overclock the hell out of it later.

as for the board you are looking for a AGP nForce4 board , otherwise you gonna need to upgrade your video card too.

grey_1
08-04-06, 06:12 PM
pretty much what SH64 said. Your current ram though, pc2100? That will hold you back on any nf3 or nf4 board. Keeping your 4600 is going to limit you to agp boards as well.

I'd do some serious shopping around as alot of the nf3 mobo's and chips + some nf4's and chip's can be had dirt cheap now. You will want to upgrade your ram if it's 21 or 2700.

Bearclaw
08-04-06, 06:45 PM
The 3800+ X2 sounds like your best bet right now if you want to stay with AMD. It's low low low price makes it almost impossible to pass up. Depending on your budget, try upgrading to a Mobo with PCI-E and get a relativly cheap video card. The 7300 is nice for around 70 bucks. If not, look for some nice AGP motherboards. Either way, you new system shyould turn out nice. Good Luck!

Rob_0126
08-05-06, 12:31 PM
thanks for all the advice. :)

BashfulTux
08-05-06, 03:42 PM
Make sure you check your power supply for at least 20a on the +12v rail preferably 24-26a. If it is a generic power supply that came with the case then it is most likely not up to the job even if it is rated that high.

Neophyte
08-05-06, 03:59 PM
I have an Athlon XP 1700(1.46ghz'ish) system w/ 1 gig of ram, 400wt ps, and a g4 ti 4600. And what do you do most on this system ?


What Im wondering is, what 64bit processor should I shoot for, as a good price, and a solid board?.Are you on a tight budged ? if so i also suggest 2 3800+ pared with the Asrock 939dual-sata2. This mainboard has AGP and PCI-E.

I dont want to spend a ton, just upgrading the board and cpu. I currently run a K7N2-L board; I like the nforce boards.The asrock suggested above is one of (if not only) mainboard that has 2 GFX busses (AGP AND PCI-E).. So if you don't have enuff cash just yet and want to stick with your AGP card for a while you can consider this mainboard. If you want something better i would look @ the mainboards from MSI or Asus... (MSI k8n SLI platinum) or Asus relevent (Nforce 4 in general*Prices in brand name are about the same*). But those mainboard require a PCI-E Videocard. As for a Videocard suggestion i suggest the Nvidia 6600GT or 6800GT.

Suggestions? This is just something i would suggest when your on a budget. Upgrading to a new platform isn't just the CPU or mainboard... but also the rest that come's with it (GPU,PSU,MEM)
It's all on what you willing to spend for it (insert indication of price range here.....)
And what your planning to do with it.

Budged ?: Just wait a bit more untill you have some more money. (for Memory, But most importent the videocard)
No Budget?: And still want to taste the current? (Nforce 4 platform with 3800+ tasting the 1 gig pc 3200 memory banks and enjoying your eye's with one of the 7800GT GTX inside (or better ofcourse) 6600GT is nice too (bought one for my sister) and it's great.

Rob_0126
08-05-06, 05:52 PM
Well, I guess since the PCI express leap the industry has made, Ill probably wait a tad longer for a PCI express board, since I would have to upgrade the v-card too. I just bought another 512mb stick couple months ago (3200, set at 2100 speeds because of the board finickiness). I suppose I could use them in a new board.

When 6800's come down in price, I think Ill bite. Ive liked MSI and Asus boards in MB and v-card flavor. The PS probably wont handle all the new stuff because it's a 400 but it's not the strongest.(when I bought it I had to invert the 2nd fan inside it because it was blowing on the processor instead of pulling :rolleyes: )

Thanks again, I know what Im up against now. :)

Im thinking a 3700-3800 athlon 64, I think my current ram will work, a 500-600wt PS, a 6800 ultra, and I think I can keep my fan for the cpu cooler.

Guessing it would set me back $370?

I want to hit around $200-275.

SH64
08-05-06, 06:49 PM
Im thinking a 3700-3800 athlon 64
Notice that a 3700+ is a single core CPU , while the X2 3800+ is a dual-core one.
if you are going for a new CPU .. always shoot for a dual-core one for more future proofing.

Rob_0126
08-05-06, 07:28 PM
Notice that a 3700+ is a single core CPU , while the X2 3800+ is a dual-core one.
if you are going for a new CPU .. always shoot for a dual-core one for more future proofing.

Cool, thanks. Ill remember that. The 3800 is going for $150-180 atm. Thats a bit much, guess immah have to wait a while.

Bearclaw
08-05-06, 10:12 PM
Cool, thanks. Ill remember that. The 3800 is going for $150-180 atm. Thats a bit much, guess immah have to wait a while.

Ya, it might be the best to wait a while. The dual core will go a long way for you. :D