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AMD Athlon 64 3500+ -- Buidling PC

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December 7, 2005 5:05:14 AM

I'm building a PC for the first time and I'm trying to get together what I need... I'm going for a AMD Athlon 64 3500 and was wondering which brand had the best reliablility. They're all the same price on newegg..

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

Need input there.

Also I'm looking for a decent motherboard. I was looking at both the Asus A8N-SLi, and the Abit AN8-SLI... If any could give me suggestions as there are several tiers of mobos.. Regular, Premium, etc. etc. etc...

Also I'm looking for a board to smack my old Radeon 9800 Pro in..... please gimme some suggestionos!
December 7, 2005 7:05:22 PM

Also just to note,

You mention two nice motherboards (I have that Asus one you mention and love it) then mention you want to continue using your 9800pro.

Those motherboards you are looking at will not take an AGP card, only PCI express.

If you are looking at building a new system, you probably should go with PCIexpress. Not so much because it performs better, but more just to keep your future upgrade options open.

There are boards out that that have BOTH an AGP and PCIexpress which you could consider, but personally I wouldn't recommend it. If you are going the Athlon route, you want the nforce4 chipset, IMO.
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December 7, 2005 7:18:46 PM

Ditto. Stay away from the AGP/PCI-E motherboard solutions. Many people have posted in here complaining about glitches and performance.

You're going to have to bite the bullet and upgrade ur video card if u want one of those mobos.

-mpjesse
December 8, 2005 2:09:58 PM

6800GS? Just a bit more (about 200-215) and fast too.

Mike.
December 8, 2005 2:55:01 PM

I'm really an ATI/Radeon guy.... I have had some Sh**-tastic luck with NVidia in the past.. Like... really Sh**-tastic.
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