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Hey, I'm looking to upgrade my proc... I'm currently on a Sempron 3000+ and its the crappy kind in Socket A. My budget limits me to less than 300 dollars for my mobo and CPU. This upgrade is meant to keep my PC going up till college, then I'd do some massive upgrading. I will most likely be going to college fall 2007. I'm thinking something like a Athlon 64 3400+...

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I do understand your problem!

What do you want to use your system for is the question?

I use to run a socked 754 AMD Sempron 3400+ (2ghz) (2 months ago) on an AS Rock motherboard and with a ATI Radeon 9800 XT and 2 ghz of ram i was hitting 51,000 on Aquamark3 and could play Battlefield 2 with almost all the settings on High.

If you need it just for the internet and wordprocessing then what you have will be sufficent.

If you want a future proof system (2 years +) then you need to invest big; if you just want a good gaming rig then sempron will do until you can spend big - there is little imbetween unfortunately (excluding the XBox of course!!!)
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$300 will get you a very nice 3200+ and MB ... but you will have to consider if your going to cary the AGP vid card or get a PCIe card!
Some in here are using the AS Rock Dula SATA which can use either AGP or PCIe and doing well OCing it!
    
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I'd reccomend getting an Athlon 64 3700+ San Diego ($213 at NewEgg) and an ASRock Dual motherboard ($69.99 at NewEgg). That will give you a big performance boost, and will make the upgrade to PCIe easier.
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Originally Posted by Namrac
I'd reccomend getting an Athlon 64 3700+ San Diego ($213 at NewEgg) and an ASRock Dual motherboard ($69.99 at NewEgg). That will give you a big performance boost, and will make the upgrade to PCIe easier.
Agree... the 3700+ is a very godd CPU for OCing and has 2x the cache over the 3200+ I was trying to keep him on the lower side of costs
    
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Yeah If i had found this Forum B4 I bought my system, i woul dhave gone with a 3700+

But my 3200 works great and OCs great also
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If your on a tight budget newegg has a 754 3000 venice for 120 and dfi nf3 for 97. Still only agp but great price for performence.
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post #8 of 17
Thanks for the rep, Duke... I glanced down at it and was like "Holy crap!".. 18 makes a big difference.


I'm planning on getting the same CPU + mobo (unless I can find a good deal on an Opty 146), should do alright for a while, especialy when OCed.

I'm going to college same time you are!
post #9 of 17
There is a fry's by my house that has an x2 3800+ and motherboard for $270.


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Originally Posted by steveo42024
If your on a tight budget newegg has a 754 3000 venice for 120 and dfi nf3 for 97. Still only agp but great price for performence.

Venice is 939 only
     
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post #10 of 17
What I have in my specs works well. Scores available in my profile. And in order to ease the blow of switching to PCI-e, I got a 754 EPoX 8NPA board that is SLi ready. So all I really have to do is get a vid card for the board. All my other stuff will transfer over.
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