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September 28, 2003 2:04:37 PM

Hi everyone.
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 :) 

cheers ppl :) 

Chris

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September 28, 2003 2:12:55 PM

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.
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September 28, 2003 2:36:55 PM

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.
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September 28, 2003 4:06:30 PM

P4 2.4C $170 Abit IS7 $109 HyperX PC3500 512 $123. That will leave you with enough money to buy 9800 Pro vid card. Do you need case?
September 28, 2003 10:20:18 PM

he is talking here with a 1500$ budget, and u want him to get a p4 2.4c??????? he can get better than that with this money.
September 29, 2003 3:28:12 AM

That gives him 9800 Pro for $400. Plus another stick of Ram and he's at his $1500 range.
September 29, 2003 3:48:40 AM

Don't waste your money on the athlon 64, go for a proven platform like a P4 2.6C or 2.8C and a ASUS/ABIT 865 or 875 chipset board. You'll have money left for other stuff.

<b>P4 2.4C @ 3.0GHz 1.525V Stock HSF * Abit IS7 BIOS v1.3 * Corsair XMS 2x256MB PC3200 2-3-3-6 * GeForce4 Ti4200 AGP8X 128MB * SB Audigy 2 ZS * Logitech Z-680 THX 5.1 * Seagate Barracuda 80GB SATA</b>
September 29, 2003 4:41:33 AM

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Don't waste your money on the athlon 64,


This applies to the FX-51 cpu.
The A64 3200+ is not a bad choice since it's performance are equal to that of the Pentium 4 3.2c Ghz.

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September 29, 2003 4:44:25 AM

Intel CPUs works well with either ASUS or MSI
AMD CPUs works well with any nForce3 mobos.

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September 29, 2003 8:22:30 PM

i have been looking at Dell and Mesh as they seem ok
ive ben pricing up P4 @ 3.0Ghz and im looking with HT.

whats this about Intel dropping prices, is it best i wait then for a bit?

Mesh came out at £1170 - no HT though, 512 DDR, 80GB, asus p4s8x-x, usual other stuff, CDRW/DVD, ATI 9800

Dell came out at £1365 - with HT, 512 DDR, 120GB, unknown mobo but with 875p chipset, includes monitor, CDRW, ATI 9800, usual other stuff

opinions?

gone still keep looking :) 

chris

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September 30, 2003 9:04:57 AM

Yes, Intel is supposed to drop prices on the P4C processors 2.6GHz and up towards the end of October if I remember correctly.

<b>P4 2.4C @ 3.0GHz 1.525V Stock HSF * Abit IS7 BIOS v1.3 * Corsair XMS 2x256MB PC3200 2-3-3-6 * GeForce4 Ti4200 AGP8X 128MB * SB Audigy 2 ZS * Logitech Z-680 THX 5.1 * Seagate Barracuda 80GB SATA</b>
September 30, 2003 11:05:18 AM

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)
September 30, 2003 11:43:21 AM

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.
September 30, 2003 12:09:42 PM

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 ;) 
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September 30, 2003 2:25:56 PM

If your a gamer then buy an AMD system
2500+ or if you got the money (dont know the prices in your area) the new AMD 64 3200+ .
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