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i don't have much experience before the amd windsor core, so i need some help

there are so many different athlon 64's. there are the FX's, XP's, plain old 64's. i'm a bit confused.

also, what video card should i get? let's limit it to AGP

thanks for the help guys
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first athlon 64 was socket 754, don't get that, wasn't that good. this socket also marked the end of agp, since 939 was pcie (maybe some mobo's, but highly unlikely). if going the socket a route i would recommend finding athlon xp mobile with barton core (512kb cache + overclocked pretty good) in combination with abit nf7-s2 with mantarays xt bios (i miss abit very much, best mobo's).

if going 939 way, i would get dfi lanparty ut mbo, 4000+ (san diego core), and a couple of sticks of ram with d43 or d5 chips. i actually had this combination, and when overclocked properly it moped the floor with every intel processor of that time.

well i think that agp cards go as far up as 3850, pick and choose (beware the last of the agp cards didn't do so well because of the crappiest driver ever).

hope it helps
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Best AGP card is the HD4670, or HD3850.
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Originally Posted by obi.van.kenobi View Post
first athlon 64 was socket 754, don't get that, wasn't that good. this socket also marked the end of agp, since 939 was pcie (maybe some mobo's, but highly unlikely). if going the socket a route i would recommend finding athlon xp mobile with barton core (512kb cache + overclocked pretty good) in combination with abit nf7-s2 with mantarays xt bios (i miss abit very much, best mobo's).

if going 939 way, i would get dfi lanparty ut mbo, 4000+ (san diego core), and a couple of sticks of ram with d43 or d5 chips. i actually had this combination, and when overclocked properly it moped the floor with every intel processor of that time.

well i think that agp cards go as far up as 3850, pick and choose (beware the last of the agp cards didn't do so well because of the crappiest driver ever).

hope it helps
i thought 939 was a bit expensive. also the reason i want to go agp is because some of the games i want to play on the legacy build seem to not work so well with pci-e cards. for example mgs1 and 2.

(i know i could just get a ps2 or wait for the HD remake, but where's the fun in that? )
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Socket 939 has mobos with AGP.

You could go for.Socket A athlon 3200+ with an X850Xt or something like that
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Socket 939 has mobos with AGP.

You could go for.Socket A athlon 3200+ with an X850Xt or something like that
that actually sounds like what i wanted
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i playe mgs 1 over emulator (ps one game), looked and played great.
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post #8 of 13
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i playe mgs 1 over emulator (ps one game), looked and played great.
i know, i know, but i want to play the pc version, sue me.
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Best AGP card is the HD4670, or HD3850.
Negative. The 4670 is slower than the 3850. Best all around AGP cards are 3850, 7950 GT, 7800 GS / X1950XT, 6800GT Ultra, in that order.

Best overall AGP 939 board would be:
for Intel - Asrock 4coredual-VSTA
for AMD - MSI K8N neo2 Platinum

Best 462 boards are:
DFI Ultra B
Abit AN7
Abit NF7

As for processors
939 - any dual core Opteron (180,175,170,165) or any dual core A64 X2 (3800+ - 4800+)
462 - any Barton core (2500+ - 3200+) including the mobiles and the Sempron 3300+
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Opteron 165/170/175/180
ASRock 939 Dual
2x 6800 Ultra
4x512mb DDR400

You could be the envy of gamers everywhere in 2004.
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