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Should I upgrade the CPU or replace it all

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September 8, 2006 3:46:29 AM

Hey all,

I have an ASUS A7N8X Deluxe motherboard with the Athlon XP 2200+ CPU and 1.5 GB of RAM (3 x 184-pin) DDR DIMM. I have been wondering if I should just upgrade the CPU to an Athlon XP 3200+ or get a new motherboard/cpu combo with RAM to replace what I have. The cost of the CPU which is dated goes on average for about $150 - $170 on ebay. I recall that on Tomshardware, I used to see that CPU or the Athlon XP 3200+ performance charts, but they are no longer available, and I just want to compare the more current CPU's with the Athlon XP 3200+. Basically, I am wondering if it is worth upgrading the CPU from the 2200+ to the 3200+ @ say $170, or get a newer mobo/cpu combo + RAM for a llittle bit more. I'm not cheap, but maybe the PC can get a bit more umph by swaping the CPU.

Any advice would be appreciated.

Thanks!

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September 8, 2006 5:32:27 AM

For $150, you could pick up a S939 mobo and a Sempron, which would be leagues ahead of the AXP 3200+.
September 8, 2006 8:12:59 AM

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Hey all,

I have an ASUS A7N8X Deluxe motherboard with the Athlon XP 2200+ CPU and 1.5 GB of RAM (3 x 184-pin) DDR DIMM. I have been wondering if I should just upgrade the CPU to an Athlon XP 3200+ or get a new motherboard/cpu combo with RAM to replace what I have. The cost of the CPU which is dated goes on average for about $150 - $170 on ebay. I recall that on Tomshardware, I used to see that CPU or the Athlon XP 3200+ performance charts, but they are no longer available, and I just want to compare the more current CPU's with the Athlon XP 3200+. Basically, I am wondering if it is worth upgrading the CPU from the 2200+ to the 3200+ @ say $170, or get a newer mobo/cpu combo + RAM for a llittle bit more. I'm not cheap, but maybe the PC can get a bit more umph by swaping the CPU.



Any advice would be appreciated.

Thanks!


Since last november, XP 3200 prices have gone from $115 US to $175 US (retail, not ebay) as they are out of production, and in limited availability. Their performance relative to A64, X2 and C2D CPUs is so low that THG doesnt even bother including them on their interactive CPU benchmark charts anymore.

Purchasing the XP3200 will save money in that you wont have to buy a mobo and you will see a performance gain over your 2200, however the performance increase will be insignifcant compared to what you could gain with a939, AM2 or Intel Core 2 system.

XP is a dead end for future upgradability. Socket 939 is also going away, but you can get a 939 A64 4000 or AM2 X2 3800 cheaper than you can purchase a XP3200(new).
So, if you budget is super tight, you might consider a XP 2800(new) for about $80-90 US

If you can afford $220, you can get a cheap 939 mobo(asusA8V) and an A64 3700/3800/4000(you might even be able to find a Sand Diego core) while still using your old ram, HDD, and video card (assuming you have an AGP card)

If you can afford more, consider an AM2 or Core 2 system which will require new ram, a PCIe 16 video card, new PSU.
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September 8, 2006 8:52:24 AM

for $150 you can get a s939 mobo and a Athlon 64 3200+ thats what i did and i had a sempron 2200+ so i know where you are comming from
September 8, 2006 9:07:08 AM

I tend to agree with the general consensus here. I currently own a XP3200 and i used to own an XP2200, the difference when i upgraded was huge. In current games and applications you're going to see very little in the way of future proofing.

Whereas the AMD64 3200 is on par with an XP3200 last time i checked the charts, but the most important thing is with a S939 board at least you'll have a clear upgrade path. The only thing you need to think about is the price for replacing RAM and Graphics cards if your new board isnt AGP. Thats where the hidden cost appear....Just a thought..
September 8, 2006 9:19:50 AM

socket 754 3400 oem cpu with mb combo With the Biostar mb $99 shipped. Pair it with this stock AMD heatsink or this AMD heatpipe heatsink for an inexpensive upgrade. You'll have to downgrade to 2x512mb memory unless you sell your old sticks and buy a 2x1gb kit. No upgrade path, but when you factor in the cost and the $ you can get by selling your old mb/cpu it's a cheap increase in performance.
September 8, 2006 10:09:46 AM

I have the same MB in my old system running a Semp 2800. I did an upgread when the prices droped this year to an X2 4200 with new every thing. My new system is not as fast af my friends gameing rig on simple stuff, but render a short movie after editing it and BAM!!! I sure can tell the difference between my old and new systems in a big way.
September 8, 2006 11:26:03 AM

i'd say get a socket 939 mtherboard and a decent dual core cpu, that way you can reuse your ram. If your on a buget go for a midrange single core.
September 8, 2006 12:35:38 PM

I agree with everyone else here that the 939 upgrade is the only way to go. You can use the ram you have now which will save you money. Also you can still get a motherboard that will let you use your AGP videocard if you need to save money (this is an excellent motherboard that will work--you may find it cheaper than at Newegg, just used them as an example).

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

When you couple that with the 939 pin processor price drops (several cpu's are priced below 100 dollars) you can't beat it as an upgrade path without spending too much money.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.asp?Submit=EN...
September 8, 2006 2:20:58 PM

Everyone,

Thanks for your terrific advice and insight. I will replace what I have rather than do an upgrade. It has been many years since I have been building any computer system and I am not like others that I see on the posts, "PC enthusiasts". That has changed.

Regards,
September 11, 2006 11:36:52 AM

Im in the same position as you, though ive got a xp2000. Orderd a 3700 athlon 64 and OCZ Premier Dual Channel Kit 2x512MB DDR400 rather than use my old 768mb of memory.

Since ive still got an agp card that does the job for the games i play (9700pro) ive orderd a 939 mobo that does both agp and pcie (after recomendations from users on this forum).

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

Apparently this is the only 939 mobo with proper agpx8 (others i looked at had agp express).

Then when a particular game takes your fancy you can allways buy a decent pcie card (in my case will be rtcw2).
September 11, 2006 1:52:28 PM

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Im in the same position as you, though ive got a xp2000. Orderd a 3700 athlon 64 and OCZ Premier Dual Channel Kit 2x512MB DDR400 rather than use my old 768mb of memory.

Since ive still got an agp card that does the job for the games i play (9700pro) ive orderd a 939 mobo that does both agp and pcie (after recomendations from users on this forum).

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

Apparently this is the only 939 mobo with proper agpx8 (others i looked at had agp express).

Then when a particular game takes your fancy you can allways buy a decent pcie card (in my case will be rtcw2).


I just got this same board. Nice unit. Flexible, PCIe, AM2 ready, dual channel and DDR400. I got the 939 X2 3800+ to go with it. It's a MASSIVE upgrade over the Athlon XP 3000+ I had.

$230-ish shipped from newegg. Highly recommended.
September 11, 2006 2:25:06 PM

I would replace all as the cpu's from today are far superior to the older ones.socket 939 is a good platform,but so is the am2.s-939 will allow you to keep your existing ram whereas am2 requires ddr2 memory.take your pick my friend,but i do recommend upgrading the whole system as aposed to the cpu only.goodluck.

Dahak

EVGA VF4 SLI MB
X2 4400+@2.4 S-939
2 7800GT'S IN SLI MODE
2X1GIG DDR400 MEMORY IN DC MODE
WD300GIG HD
520WATT PSU
EXTREME 19IN.MONITOR
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September 11, 2006 2:49:55 PM

You might as well go for an entry level E6300 and pair it with an Asrock 775Dual-VSTA, that mobo supports AGP, PCIe, DDR & DDR2, making it great for a progressive upgrade.
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