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September 22, 2005 8:28:13 PM

Hi all, its been a long time :)  My alias is as fitting as ever, since when last I posted I knew quite a bit (thanks to all of you) but time goes by, new tech comes out and I am a n00b again.

Anyway I am upgrading my system - looking for new CPU, Mobo and possibly video card to drop in the existing rig
pc is mainly for gaming (WoW mostly), once in a while a large rar file, and rarely (once in 2 months) video encoding.

"the old stuff"
Athlon XP 1800+
MSI 745 Ultra
Radeon 9700 Pro AGP 128mb (new in Jan 04)

"Keeping this stuff"
1GB (2x512) Corsair DDR PC3200 CAS2.5 (new in March 05)
Antec True Power 420W PSU (new in May 05)
Seagate 200GB, 8mb cache IDE (new Apr 05)
WD 80GB 8mb cache IDE (old)
Pioneer 106D DVD+/-RW IDE drive
Hercules Gamesurround Muse 5.1 sound
D-link NIC
Cheiftec full tower
XP Pro

I am looking for the best bang for your buck
1. cpu - I was thinking of an Athlon 64 3500+ Venice ($200ish range)
2. mobo - no idea - want trouble free, stable board - $100ish range - I have loved my MSI, absolutely 0 issues
mobo part II - AGP or PCI-E? I had wanted to keep my 9700PRO and upgrade it in a few months (or earlier if I think it gimps my new cpu) but when looking at mobo's, a lot of the 939 boards have PCI-E so I kind of have to decide now. Any advice?

Recommendations?

Also, forsee any issues dropping in the new components based on what I have?

thanks!

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September 22, 2005 8:30:45 PM

wow my sig is old :p 
and this new text linking thing is annoying. Having flashbacks to the CWS virus my wife got on her laptop.

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September 23, 2005 7:02:08 AM

Best value is the Chaintech VNF4 Ultra, but yes, it's PCI-Express. And to get noticably better grpahics than the 9700 Pro, you're probably going to have to drop some large cash.

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September 23, 2005 7:03:19 AM

BTW, Chaintech is releasing a ULI board that supports TRUE AGP8x and PCI-Express. I'll review that one when it's available. Until then, the VNF4 Ultra review can be seen at <A HREF="http://www.sysopt.com/features" target="_new">http://www.sysopt.com/features&lt;/A>

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September 29, 2005 12:55:12 PM

is there a good AGP board you'd also recommend?
also when is the agp/pci-e board expected?

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September 29, 2005 1:15:08 PM

Asrock has the only true combination board right now, and other manufacturers refuse to speculate as to when their releases will be ready.

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September 29, 2005 1:18:06 PM

<A HREF="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681..." target="_new">Epox 9NDA3+</A> is a great board with AGP and s939.

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October 12, 2005 8:01:02 PM

I've been looking at the Chaintech and I see a lot of ppl complaining about bad flashes from BIOS v5 (the latest BIOS). Is v4 better?

I also read that the BFG BIOS should work yet it seems to be the same as Chaintechs v5. BFG's board is made by Chaintech and according to most, is the same board, but for more money (along with better warranty and possibly service).

<A HREF="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681..." target="_new"> BFG board
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BIOS discussion
<A HREF="http://www.nforcershq.com/forum/wed-aug-31-2005-430-pm-... " target="_new">http://www.nforcershq.com/forum/wed-aug-31-2005-430-pm-... </A>
<A HREF="http://forums.pcper.com/showthread.php?t=398176" target="_new">http://forums.pcper.com/showthread.php?t=398176&lt;/A>

Recommendations on BIOS? use v4? use BFG v5 (is it any different from Chaintech's v5)?

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October 15, 2005 9:29:27 PM

Wow! I'd LOVE to see how far that info has gone since I spread it a while ago! First I reported it to my friends at Inq, then put a sly comment in SysOpt's review of the VNF4 Ultra.

So are there any official sites mentioning this?



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