You won't be able to get a dual cpu Athlon, to go dual CPU you need to move to Opteron, and that can get expensive fast. A dual-core would be your best bet. If money is no object then the x2 4800+, otherwise the 3800 or 4200 if you're on a budget. The 3800 is like having 2 of the single core 3200+, the 4800 is like have 2 4000+'s.
Get the best GPU you can get - if your budget allows it, get a 7800gt, otherwise there's a bunch of lower priced, and lower-powered cards. I'd even drop your CPU choice to get more GPU. Do you know if DAOC can use SLI and/or Crossfire? and do you desire/see a need for it?
So, what you should do next is search around a couple stores (online or whatever) and get some ideas (There are many, many good products, and we could suggest something not available in your area - besides, its part of the learning experience, getting an idea whats out there). Put together a system (CPU, mobo, video card, HDD, Case, PSU, RAM, etc.) and post it here for critique.
Hypertransport is what the A64 uses as its FSB. It serves as the link between the CPU and the rest of the system. It runs at 800-1000mhz and is full duplex (both ways at the same time), so marketing says its' 2x1000mhz, or 2000mhz.
You dont need top notch expensive or abundant RAM for A64's
yes, if you get either of those you will be good for cpu speed
DO NOT GET 3-4GB OF RAM...PERIOD!! Get 2GB max but i would say 1GB would do you best.
Get a board with one PCIe slot because SLI isn't for you....by the time you have 400bucks for an upgrade you will want a whole new card, not another one of what you have to SLI.
DO NOT GET A 15000K hard drive....for gaming its pretty much useless...it will load things faster as a crazy premium in price....use a WD rapto if you have to get a fast drive....cheaper as the 15K's and just as fast for that
15k rpm hard drives are all scsi, so not only are they more expensive (because they're scsi), they require a controller card, adding another couple hundred $ to the price.
Based on your budget, I would say no SLI. Get an X2-3800+, an Epox or DFI mobo (both good for OCing) that uses the nForce4 Ultra chipset, 2gig of RAM (if $ allow, otherwise 1gig will be ok), and a 7800gt (if $ allow).
I have been a hardcore DAOC addict since week1 of its release. I currently have:
2.8ghz 800fsb P4
1gb PC2700 RAM
Geforce FX 5700 256mb
I have all gfx settings to low/off. I can run 2 instances of TOA client flawlessly. Its when I run 2 DR/Catacombs client that I start to notice system lag, especially in the cities or highly populated RvR areas. Even with only 1 client, I still get some lag with DR client when a zerg comes into clip range.
Dunno if this helps you at all, and I dunno what kinda budget you're on here, but you CAN get by with the system I have. Of course, if you have more to spend, then go for it, as I know you can do better
"I have all gfx settings to low/off. I can run 2 instances of TOA client flawlessly. Its when I run 2 DR/Catacombs client that I start to notice system lag, especially in the cities or highly populated RvR areas. Even with only 1 client, I still get some lag with DR client when a zerg comes into clip range.
Can you run two toa clients fine in RvR?DR atm in some zones/high pop areas has major graphics issues...
Mythic said they are currently fixing the issue hehe
THats cool...i guess i dont understand how the game works like that but go with a 3800+ X2 and a 7800GT....
DO NOT GET TWO 6800GT's insted.....1 they will use about 3 times the power, 2 they wont run as fast in some games. At best they are equals, 3 A LOT more heat in your case to mess up any OC'ing, 4 it costs twice as much
you can get a 7800GT for 310bucks, a whole bunch more under 350 plus a free copy of COD2 thrown in sometimes.
Yeh, i can't honestly remember ever having an issue running 2 TOA clients in RvR... just make sure you have them both set to /clientsleep background. As far as I can recall, it ran perfectly, and I pwnt many a noob.
Oh and btw, I think when I used to run 2 TOA clients, I used windowed mode 100% of the time. Ran 2x DAOC 800x600 windows on a 1024x768 WinXP desktop resolution.