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Multicore + Nforce chipset + ATI-AGP = CRASH BOOM BANG?

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January 31, 2008 1:57:08 AM

Hello everyone.
Just kinda worried... I'm on my beloved Asrock AM2NF3, Nforce 3 250 chipset+1950GT+Athlon 64 X2.

I'm planning to do 2 upgrades this year since its all I can afford. I want to go 3850 AGP and then later on a Phenom.
I use windows XP, can't move to Vista, but also don't really have the intention to. What its making me worry is the support table at http://www.asrock.com/mb/note/AM2NF3-VSTA.html

Its really strange... is it for real? Is it true that so few cards are supported once you upgrade to phenom? will I be able to put a 3850? Also, what is worst, everything I read about the 2600XT AGP on newegg... ok, I'm officially in panic. :cry:  Does anyone with a bit of knowledge knows better than me whats going on? Thanks in advance ;) 

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January 31, 2008 3:07:17 AM

Best to upgrade the MB as well, as Phenoms can use DDR2 1066 (your board cannot support it)
If you want an NForce try:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (cannot use 1066 or SSE4, and requires a BIOS update for Phenom)

Personnaly I use this board: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (just be sure to get Rev 2 or newer) (also as a side note, I reccomend a ZeroTherm Nirvana for the HSF)

Also they both use PCI-X 16, not AGP.
January 31, 2008 4:06:59 PM

Thanks for the reply!
However, I still want to know more about the technical issue. Why does the AGP has something to do with the processor? can't really understand that fact alone.
Anyway, it seems a good idea to go PCIexpress, but only when I get a good phenom in my hands.
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