Upgrade Plan

Ok even though I'm not upgrading right now I still would like to read some opinions about an upgrade.

First, my current specs:
CPU: Pentium 4 1.4 Ghz 400 Mhz FSB (one of the first cores)
Mobo: MSI 850 Pro (MS-6339) Intel 850 chipset
RAM: 256 MB (4x 64 MB) RDRAM PC-800
Video: Radeon 9000 Pro 64 MB (Upgraded from nVidia TNT2 32 MB)
Sound: Hercules Fortissimo III 7.1
CD-RW: LG CD-RW CED-8120B 12x8x32x

Ok, now I like to do video encoding, gaming is not a priority (prefer consoles for that ;)), and listen a lot to music.

My primary concerns are the Mobo/CPU/RAM, I would like to get a DVD-burner but only if the rest doesn't get too expensive, but I would appreciate some suggestions anyway, as well as to a CD burner.

About the CPU, I was thinking about an Athlon XP, Barton, I would like to know a good one that I could overclock with stock HSF or if it would be better to get an OEM Athlon XP and a better HSF and overclock it even more.
A little question though: Let's say I get an Athlon with 333 FSB, could I overclock it to 400 FSB without much problems? That way I would probably save some dough then by buying an 400 FSB cpu.
Also, I heard that Athlons are not that good for video encoding, what do you think about that? I'm sure they would be better than my old-ass P4 hehe.

Now, do you think it's a possibility that I could sell my Mobo/CPU/RAM? Would anyone want it? :P:P:P
About the sound, does nVidia's Soundstorm work with 24-bit/96 Khz, or is it better or comparable to my Hercules card? Should I even worry about 24/96 now?

Since my priority is not games, I won't change my Video card, so I suppose that would do fine.
If it would be better for me to go with the P4, could you suggest some not so expensive alternatives? Also, overclocking possibilites, not too fancy, hehe, just some extra juice.

Ok, sorry for the long post, I just wanted to be clear about my questions. I will greatly appreciate any input on the subject. Thanks in advance. :)
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  1. P4 2.4C $170 Abit IS7 Mobo $109 HyperX PC3500 512 $123. You can OC it to 3.0 with stock Hsf.
  2. With video encoding, nothing matters more flat out than Mhz. So if that's your main task, get a P4 2.6c or 2.8c. Even a 2.4c will beat an AMD 3200+. A new Xp would give some boost, but not much. Consider that a 2500+ Barton runs at about 1.8 Ghz, that's only an increase of 400Mhz. You may want to consider one of the non-Barton cores, since they run faster than a similarly rated Barton.
  3. If you wait a couple months the prices should drop considerably. I would reccomend the 2.4C with either the IS7 or the P4P800. The 2.4C is a great overclocker and saves some money of the 2.6C. If you have money left over I think it would be better to get faster ram than a 2.6C
  4. Wow, that was fast :)
    Btw, let's say I get a P4 800 FSB etc, to overclock a P4, you can only raise the FSB right? And if I raise the FSB, do I have to raise the memory accordingly or will it adjust itself? And would I have to buy something like DDR 500 in order to accomodate the changes in the CPU or would a regular 400 module overclock just fine?
  5. DDR500 is expensive$$$! if you stay at 5:4 mode with DDR400 (some loss in performance) you can still get to 3.0GHZ (400 * 5:4 = 500)

    Roses are <font color=red>red</font color=red>, violets are <font color=blue>blue</font color=blue>, post something stupid and I won't reply to you!
  6. I see, but that still gives me better performane then the stock 2.4 Ghz right?
    And any more suggestions on the mobo? A good one and not so expensive, I think the 865 chipset should be pretty good right? It doesn't have to be cutting-edge, hehe, don't have that much money.
    Thanks for the replies guys.
  7. Yes, that still is better performance than stock. Just raise the FSB to about 250 and maybe raise the voltage a notch if unstable, and set the ration at 5:4. Yes, go with the 865PE chipset and ddr3200(400) or ddr 3500(433).
  8. I would reccommend the Hardware Bosses recommendation.
    2.4C 170
    IS7 or P4P800 109
    HyperX Not sure
    Total about 400
    If thats too much get the 2500+ Barton. That would cost about 300. The 2500 also overclocks very well.

    Prices will be dropping as well with the release of Prescott. I suggest waiting a month or two
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