Originally Posted by Hyoketsu;12545579
Then that's that. I'll place the order after a trip to the bank tomorrow. Can't wait to overclock the hell out of it~ ^^ Though again, despite awesome temps, I'm guessing the voltage will be holding me back, consarnit. Ah well, I'll just have to wait & see.
Oh, and regarding your GPU... I guess an HD3650 AGP should deliver the proper amount of bang without being seriously held back by other hardware parts like an HD4670 AGP would. I'm definitely going to get a HD3650 if I see one with a decent price tag.
I've been studying that precise GPU matter yesterday and arrived at the conclusion that that card is not very good.
The HD3650 only catches the HD2600XT when the core is overclocked from the stock 725-750Mhz to 900Mhz, and even then the HD2600XT wins in games like Crysis at 1024x768 and 1280x1024 (only loses at 800x600).
The HD3650 wins in the HQV video quality tests with a 90 points score against 75 for the HD2600XT, but that difference shouldn't make much of a difference.
That leaves 4 cards to consider:
- X1950 Pro (preferrably the 512MB GDDR3 version)
- HD2600XT (preferrably the 512MB GDDR4 version)
- HD3850 (preferrably the 512MB GDDR3 version)
- HD4650 512MB DDR2
There is also the HD4670, but that is way too expensive.
The HD4650 is slower than the HD3850, but has the ability to accelerate HD flash video content (although I'm not 100% sure the AGP hotfix drivers support this feature, though they should).
If you consider gaming, the HD3850 seems like the best option; it even has a 256-bit bus. The X1950 Pro and the HD2600XT can hold up to the HD3850 for the most part (CPU bottleneck), but fall in higher resolutions.
This is an interesting read: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ati-agp-3850-agp,1939.html
They tested the HD3850 AGP + X1950Pro + HD2600XT (and the 6600GT too - my 7600GS has the same - horrible - performance) in a single core Athlon 64 3400+, which should be a good indicator of performance for the 3.4 Northwood.
The Athlon might be a bit faster, but then again, they had to put up a test system than was comprised of many different RAM sticks, but ran at the lower speed one, which was 333Mhz. And then they used Windows Vista. Oh, and a 120GB HDD.
Given we will be using 400Mhz DDR, Windows XP and faster HDD's, that should give us if not a lead, at least make us even with the Athlon.Edited by tpi2007 - 2/27/11 at 2:48pm