Help me chose a setup

Going to start putting together a new system and wanted to get some opinions on what processor mobo combo to get.

I am looking at an AMD XP 3000 Barton, 400FSB and an ASUS A7N8X Delux

And also an INTEL P4 2.8C with the ABIT 865PE IS7

I was going to put either of these in an Antec Sonata using the stock power supply, and Crucial DDR PC-3200.

I will be doing basic gaming, small web development and hope to someday do some basic video encoding.

I do not care about the price differences (though I do nto have the money for the latest and greatest). I just am having trouble deciding which set up to get. Any info, ideas, or opinions are mucho welcome.


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  1. get the INTEL P4 2.8C ... the xp3000 are over priced. The P4 2.8 C will best the xp3000 in most benchies.

    If I glanced at a spilt box of tooth picks on the floor, could I tell you how many are in the pile. Not a chance, But then again I don't have to buy my underware at Kmart. <P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by darko21 on 12/14/03 09:36 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
  2. Buy the Intel setup. Or buy 2.6C OC it to 3.2.
  3. Have you considered getting an Athlon 64 3000+? It has just been released, it costs about the same at Newegg as the 2.8c and it should be faster in practically everything when compared to a 2.8c (I don't even mention the 3000+ because that can only be compared to a 2.6c, so you get the point!).

    Also, either a Pentium 4 or Athlon XP system will be a dead end when it comes to future upgrades, but that won't be the case with the A64 since new CPUs for Socket 754 (that's what your mobo will support) will be released at least throughout 2004.

    I really advice you to seriously consider this option. For a mobo, MSI K8T Neo seems to be one of the best options available.
  4. amd sucks at video encoding;but rules at gaming.Go intel or wait for socket 939(2nd quarter of 04) Amd is not going to support single channel ram after then anyway;but you could always buy dual channel for the amd64 deadends.
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