im thinking of buying a new PC and i have approx £1000 to spend ($1500)
i know nowadays that will buy me a prety damn good PC, and i do want a realy good one as im a gamer, and i crunch SETI and things.
so i was wondering what peoples suggstions would be, so like what CPU,mobo,graphics card etc.
whats the best mobos for AMD and Intel for example
ive been looking at hyperthreading and things so id like sum suggestions 4 systems if u dont mind
I liked the performance of the new AMD athlon 64 3200+ and its not that expancive, the p4 3.2ghz c is more expencive, and the athlon is equal to the performance of this p4, so i suggest to go for it.
and for the board i think gueting one with k8t800 chipset.(but not all this difference between other chipsets, cos the memory controler is in the cpu.)
for the graphic card i suggest the radeon 9800 or the pro, depends on the price.
Go for the 2.4c and overclock it to 3.0 using the 5:4 ratio and some good pc3500 or pc4000 memory. You'll have extra money left over for other goodies. The abit ic7 is the most recommended mobo for the p4.
I've been looking at this option too - what memory setup would you suggest woudl be the most effective on this board?
It would also be pretty upgradable in the future since it is the first in the new range. I actually priced 2 systems, 1 Intel and 1 AMD, both in the same price range (£15 pound difference in AMD's favour) and the AMD is just far more value in terms of bang for your buck. I'm also hoping to get 2 x WD Raptor(10000RPM) drives in RAID 0 configuration, as I feel HDD's are where the big performace bottleneck sits on most pc's)
The asus board has a 533 fsb, supports the slower P4b, Dell on the other hand sells very stable (read underperforming) boards with a feature poor dell bios. Your local computer shop can build you a better system, that is designed for you, give you local support, and supply it at a competative price.
Are you planning to use existing stuff like your HDD's and DVDRom's etc on the new PC? If you are, then I recommend spending most of the money on the Motherboard and memory. CPU prices will drop and you can always just plug another processor in. But memory and Motherboard needs to give you the longest life. Obviosuly the CPU is also important, but it's easy to just upgrade that or buy a much better one in 6 months time. I normally also look for a rich featureset in a motherboard, although OC'ers might prefer a more stripped down version. I was thinking of waiting for Intel's Prescott offering, but if I wait, I'm NEVER gonna get a pC