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Hi folks. First post and I need some opinions to prolong the life of my ATI X800 XL AGP. I have an Athlon XP 2500 Barton oc'd to 3000 and a gig of PC 3200 Crucial RAM, but it's just not doing to the job anymore. The video card is pretty good (just got it last spring) and should serve me for another year if it had a more modern processor. I saw this combo deal and was wondering if it would be $205 well spent (includes the Biostar nForce 3 motherboard). I can use everything else in my current system. There will be no further upgrades and I would build a totally new PCI-E system in a year or so.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...19103461#Combo

Any opinions as to whether this looks like a viable way to boost my gaming performance (and worth the $205 over the Barton) with my current GPU would be appreciated!
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post #2 of 9
Welcome to the forums.

Please take a moment to fill in your system specs but going to the User CP linked in the top left corner of every page. That will help us help you.

That combo deal has received some attention across the site, and it seems to be generally well received. Since that CPU sports a newer core than the one you currently have, there should be some performance gain in addition to that garnered from the increased clock speed. The chipset on the motherboard is also fairly good, though a little research into its overclocking abilities would be worthwhile (I've seen at least one mobo from that manufacturer that did not include a PCI/AGP lock, which severely limits overclocking ability).

All in all, it seems like a decent deal, and it sounds a decent incremental upgrade in your case since you're not happy with your current performance but not yet ready to dish out the big bucks to move up to the next generation gear.
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Thanks. Filled my system info in (as best I can while at work!). I play World of Warcraft a lot and I can have AA & AF on full and my resolution set at 1280x1024 (my LCD's native res) and my FPS will generally stay above 30 - usually 40-50 FPS. Still, I'm hoping I will see a noticeable jump in smoothness with the better CPU/Motherboard combo.

My current system is the only one I've built and that was three years ago, so I've missed the whole AMD 64 revolution. Just wasn't sure how much of a bump I could expect from my current graphics card Athlon64 3700 over the old Barton.
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I would honestly expect a decent bump, though it would be up to you whether that was worth $200ish or not. The ClawHammer sports 1 MB of L2 cache (vs. 512 KB on the Barton), stock clock speed of 200 MHz (vs. 166 MHz...very important for getting the most out of your RAM), and very likely has instruction sets that the Barton doesn't offer (I wouldn't swear on that as I can't find a good reference for what the Barton offers). You'll get 64 bit support and a 2.4 GHz stock speed (vs. 1.83 GHz). All in all, it's a superior processor, but I can't offer you a solid percentage increase. I would fully expect it to be dramatic, especially if you OC the new processor as you have with the old one.
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I think it would be worth it to tide me over for one more year until I build the PCI-E "dream machine". I would still have a good second PC, which I don't think I could say if I left the current processor in. Thanks for the help!
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post #6 of 9
I would do it if I were you... That looks too good to pass up.. I will probably be going down the same road as you are.. Good luck.
    
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post #7 of 9
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I did it! Thanks to Newegg's fast shipping it's already on the road and I'll have it to tinker with Friday night! Thanks again for your votes of confidence! You're right, for a rig that won't be upgraded further, this last $200 looks like a good final boost. :-) I'll run a before and after stock 3dMark05 on the system and post them in this thread for comparison.
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Congrats on your purchase. We'll be looking forward to seeing your comparison benchmarks.

I have been seriously thinking about partaking of that deal myself. I've been wanting to build an inexpensive AMD system, but by the time I toss in some cheap RAM, a cheap GPU, and an OS, it's a bit beyond my price range at this point. It's a heck of a deal, though, for anyone interested.
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post #9 of 9
I think that the choice of a new motherboard and CPU to support that VGA is good one. With the complete new build of a PCI-e based rig in 1yr or so.

You should have a look at the MSI K8N neo3 nforce4..here..for $81.53.

edit: too late
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