Some tips for upgrading!

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by RagnaroK, Jan 18, 2003.

  1. RagnaroK

    RagnaroK Must be dreaming...

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    I've decided to upgrade my PIII rig, but the problem is that I'm on a tight budget. I was thinking of buying a new CPU, mobo, and RAM. What's a good solution for me? So far this is what I was thinking:
    1. AMD XP 2000+
    2. Abit KD7 KT400 (for future upgrades)
    3. 256MB PC2700 DDR RAM

    What do y'all think? Any suggestions are welcome. Thanks. :happy:
     
  2. Cosmin

    Cosmin Graphic Designer

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    haven't specified memory brand .. Instead of you I would try an Epox mobo with nFORCE2 .
     
  3. Nick M

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    More, more, more RAM.
     
  4. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

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    yeah, an nforce2 board might be a better choice. especially if you get 2 sticks of memory for Dual-DDR... say 2x256mb of pc2700 for 512mb total. after all, 256mb isn't really enough for intensive games.

    with that, i'd get an xp 2100+... it's the best deal right now. only about $10-15 more than the 2000+. and the 2200+ is a hefty $40 more. get the 2100+. then when the prices on the 333mhz processors (xp 2600 or higher) comes down, you can get one of them.
     
  5. RagnaroK

    RagnaroK Must be dreaming...

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    Thx Cosmin, Nick M, and taurus for ya feedback ;). So you guys recommend an nforce2 board huh? What's the difference between nforce and other chipsets? And what brand of DDR should I get?

    Thx again.
     
  6. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

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    nforce2 boards have Dual-DDR... which lets you double your memory bandwidth with 2 sticks (preferrably idental). so, say 2x256 of pc3200 will act like pc6400. :eek:

    i would just get 2x256mb of low-latency pc2700 from mushkin, corsair, anyone that has a cas latency (CL) of 2.

    as far as northbridges go, the IGP has integrated gf4mx graphics and the SPP doesn't. then the southbridge choices are the MCP or MCP-T, with the -T giving you onboard firewire, serial-ata (on some boards), and great 6-channel thx-certified, dolby digital sound.

    i recently made a comparison chart of different nforce2 boards out there and will share it with you guys.
     
  7. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

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    revised file:
     
  8. Jz1397-5

    Jz1397-5 XP Bad Ass

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    the performance with the nforce2 with 2x256 with OCZ's PC3500. best performance out there. then you can unlock that 2000+ and cranck it up to 166FSB. (did it with my 2400+).
     
  9. :eek: eek abit
     
  10. RagnaroK

    RagnaroK Must be dreaming...

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    That's suppose to mean? (just curious...)

    And thanks to everyone for their suggestions, and thanks taurus for the spreadsheet document. It was very helpful. Thanks for your trouble. ;)
     
  11. i, personally, do not like and will never buy another abit. i started with them building computers and at this point everyone has died......
    all i use now is intel, may not have all the toys but very reliable, have used so 50+ over last couple years and everyone is still going. servers and workstations:happy:
     
  12. RagnaroK

    RagnaroK Must be dreaming...

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    That's understandable... I sometimes get picky myself, but since I'm on an extremely tight budget, I have to push that need aside... ahwellz... :blink:
     
  13. Jz1397-5

    Jz1397-5 XP Bad Ass

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    i always choose asus. in my personal expereince, one has never crashed on me, or been DOA.
     
  14. TechSupport

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    i dont rate abit either

    i recommend an asus or an epox.

    some ppl like msi mobos... never used them myself

    intels are the best ime... although as you're after an amd system, i would go with the epox with nforce2 like everyone else recommends :)
     
  15. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

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    i'm using a 2½-year old Abit KT7-RAID right now. it's been messed with, tweaked, pushed, and pushed farther... and always been solid and steady. for when i bought it, i couldn't have gotten anything better. friend has a KR7A-RAID... and it's a performer as well.

    just standing up for abit! ;)

    *saving up for Abit NF7-S*
     
  16. RagnaroK

    RagnaroK Must be dreaming...

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    What about Leadtek? Anyone had any experiences with their mobos?

    And so far... I'm leaning towards Asus and Epox. :)

    Thanks again.