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Some tips for upgrading!

RagnaroK

Must be dreaming...
#1
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:
 

Taurus

hardware monkey
#4
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.
 

RagnaroK

Must be dreaming...
#5
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.
 

Taurus

hardware monkey
#6
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.
 
#8
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+).
 

RagnaroK

Must be dreaming...
#10
Originally posted by spikemic
:eek: eek abit
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:
 

RagnaroK

Must be dreaming...
#12
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:
 
T

TechSupport

Guest
#14
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 :)
 

Taurus

hardware monkey
#15
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*
 

RagnaroK

Must be dreaming...
#16
What about Leadtek? Anyone had any experiences with their mobos?

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

Thanks again.
 

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