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I need an upgrade in a bad way!

My specs: XP 1700 @ 1.466
Radeon 9550
1 gig ram

I saw a great deal on newegg for a mobo/cpu deal for $125

The mobo:
ECS N2U400-A
The CPU: XP 2900
FSB:400/333MHz
North Bridge:NVIDIA nForce2 Ultra 400
South Bridge: MCP

heres the link--- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813135205

Should I get it? i Think its a great deal.
 

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Are you a gamer? Socket A is long gone, man. If you want to get a really cheap game computer, get a Sempron 2800+ socket 754 and a cheap 754 motherboard with PCI Express graphics.
 

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yep i have a crappy socket A sempron and i dont like it but i just got a new asrock dual sata mobo that fully supports both agp and pci-e and a amd athlon 64 3200+ along with a powmax demon power supply and case
 

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Well, ya i am a HEAVY gamer, BF2, Doom 3, HL2...... but for the price of a sempron, i can get this deal. but if u think im better off with the Sempron.... how does the Sempron 3400 sound? is it ok in ur oppinion for gaming?
 

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Hi,

In the next couple of months I'll be in the same spot as you, i.e. upgrading from socket A, and here's the conclusions I've reached...

First off, like Cait Sith Cat says, Socket A is finished.

Regarding my next rig, I've already decided not to go with a S754 Sempron. It's true that they can overclock like fury, but they only go up to 256kb of L2 cache and gaming rigs like a lot of cache.

Right now I'm waivering between an Athlon64 3700 and an Opteron 144, which both have 1Mb of L2 cache.

The big advantage the Opteron has is that it's cheap, and by all accounts an excellent overclocker - potentially it offers FX performance at Sempron prices.

On the other had, there's no such thing as a guaranteed overclock, and that's making me waiver toward the 3700 - even if the unthinkable happens and I get a duff chip and have to run at stock it'll still be a good gaming rig.

Hope these thoughts help...
 

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Socket A is definitely on the run, and for good reason. First of all, there are very few people who manufacture good motherboards for it these days. Also, seeing as AMD no longer officially makes the Barton core XPs, there's very little performance to be had. Personally, if I had the money, I would go with an Athlon 64 3000+, as those chips are still fast enough to do daily tasks, and they also are good overclockers.
 

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BTW, if you don't mind a change, you can always look at Intel. I've heard that the 64-bit Celerons are supposed to be pretty good. Actually, Anand (www.anandtech.com) recommended one for budget gaming in the last buyers guide. If you want some suggestions, take a look there.
 
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