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I am looking to upgrade my computer a little bit, being that it has been almost 3 years since I first built it and it just cant keep up like I want it to anymore. Ok i'm running an AMD right now and I think i'm gonna stick with AMD. You can see the basics of my setup right now, it was decent 3 years ago when I built it. You can see i'm running a Athlon XP 2500+, that is running at the stock 1.8 Ghz, the 512mb of pc3200 ram and the mobo. Ok my new plan is to get a processor that is in the 2.2-2.6 range with 1.5 Gb of PC 3200Ram, I plan to keep the video card for now, though I will probably upgrade it too. I would like to stay under 300 or so dollars, I only need 1GB of ram because I plan on using my existing stick of 512mb. I just need to know what is the best processor and mobo for the price range? The mobo has to have an AGP slot. My new setup will have a good name heatsink and better cooling, so slight overclocking is a possibilty. Keep in mind I'm gonna gaming on this so I need somthing that can keep up pretty well.
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post #2 of 14
AGP... the current best bets would be a 939 with a ASRock Dual SATA MB.
Or...
the EPOX EP-9NDA3J
http://www.epox.com/USA/product.asp?id=EP-9NDA3J

The ASRock supports both AGP and PCIe16
    
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yip you will need to get an asrock dual mobo , TBH you do you want to stick with amd just now? there not the best value for money atm.
and if you need to change mobo and cpu , now is the chance for a change , i have had all amd cpu`s , but this time i have gone conroe...
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well newegg still sells the board i have , epox 9NDA3I , http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813123263 . it has an agp slot and alot of nice features. and it overclockes pretty well. Its like $60 on new egg. get that a opteron 144 venus for $77 and your set.

I had a buddy of mine who had the asrock board and said it was a flakey pos.
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by rippling
yip you will need to get an asrock dual mobo , TBH you do you want to stick with amd just now? there not the best value for money atm.
and if you need to change mobo and cpu , now is the chance for a change , i have had all amd cpu`s , but this time i have gone conroe...

amd is still the best bang for the buck.. a $77 opteron 144 is a hell of a deal.

why do people insist on pushing stuff on people they dont want or asked for. he said he wanted to keep his current video card. not get a new frickin conroe system...........
    
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Really nice suggestion there. If you're lucky and cinch your belt a bit, you could sell that 512 stick and buy a new 2x1gig ram kit and stay close to budget.

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Originally Posted by burnstudios
well newegg still sells the board i have , epox 9NDA3I , http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813123263 . it has an agp slot and alot of nice features. and it overclockes pretty well. Its like $60 on new egg. get that a opteron 144 venus for $77 and your set.

I had a buddy of mine who had the asrock board and said it was a flakey pos.
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Thanks for the suggestions. Ok I'm not against Intel, and if you guys know any better bang for the buck with Intel, let me know. Burnstudios does that opteron 144 overclock pretty decent if it had a decent heatsink? And what about the CPU/Mobo/Ram BenHagerty recommended? And as far as my video card goes, I was gonna try to get a little more time out of it before I got a new one. There is no doubt I have the money to really build a beast of a machine, but I figure there is no need to dish out a major amount of money for a good upgrade. I'm just hoping after the upgrade I can play some of the current games with little problems.
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post #9 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by nate_687
...but I figure there is no need to dish out a major amount of money for a good upgrade. I'm just hoping after the upgrade I can play some of the current games with little problems.
Good call. Within 4 months newer DX10 videocards will be out...2-3x faster than the current ones.

Since you don't sound like a hardcore overclocker, and want to stick with your current videocard for a while, AMD is definitely the best bang for your buck. Can't beat $77!

The motherboard FSB will cap out before an opteron CPU will. They easily manage to go however high you push them. Since Asrock boards tend to max around 260mhz FSB, I'd estimate the Opteron will reach between 2.3-2.4ghz. If you scrapped the Asrock board and got a nice DFI one, you might reach 2.7ghz, or higher. That will handle any game to date with ease.
     
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Thanks Kramy. Well since i'm considering the Opteron 144, I would like to get the most out of the Chip, does anyone have a recommendation of a DFI board I could use, remember I need it to have an AGP slot. And also if I were to go with that CPU and a good DFI board, would that require very expensive cooling?
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