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June 14, 2004 10:43:04 PM

im looking at upgrading my current system. A 2400+XP @ 2266 on a K7S5A with 1 Gig of 2100 value ram and a ti4200..... ya im cheep:)  I mainly encode/rip dvds, so some video editing, 3d animations and canvas work. i play games a bit too. I was thinkin of getting a dual mp board with the 760MP/MPX chipset and thoughtin in another 2400+. or would i be better off geting a faster XP chip and better mother board with better ram? i would like to keep it as cheep as possable.
THankz for ur help

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June 15, 2004 1:07:44 AM

Well, dual doesn't = cheap.

Don't think of dual = raw speed, think of dual = multitasking. If you want to do more then one thing at once (ie: 3D animation while you rip DVDs) then dual is for you. If you're content with sitting back and drinking coffee while your DVD is transcoding or your scene is rendering then skip the dually.

A dually is like SCSI - it's hard to explain it to someone else but once you've used it you'll never go back.

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June 15, 2004 1:23:43 AM

Sorry dude, nothing beats a P4 for what you want to do except a nice A64. Ebay the XP stuff and look to the future! :smile:


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June 15, 2004 2:51:02 AM

If you want to go dual with what you have cheaply, you could get an MP dually board and aonterh XP 2400+, but you'd also have to bridge some of the bridges (I think the L1's) to turn the XP's into MP's, it's not easy to do right.

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June 15, 2004 5:00:12 AM

Ya, i helped mod my freinds 2500+ to a MP as well as a mobile bit tricky but can be done. thats probably what ill end up doing

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June 15, 2004 4:40:37 PM

Dual Channel doesnt give you much in AMD platforms

Mobile Barton 2500+ @ 2420mhz 11x220 1.7v
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1gb Geil GD pc3500 Dual Channel (2-3-3-6)
Segata 80gb SATA 8.5ms seek
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June 15, 2004 5:37:15 PM

They're talking about dual CPUs, not dual channel memory.

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June 15, 2004 5:40:38 PM

Opps, need more caffine.

Mobile Barton 2500+ @ 2420mhz 11x220 1.7v
Asus A7N8X Dlx 440 FSB
1gb Geil GD pc3500 Dual Channel (2-3-3-6)
Segata 80gb SATA 8.5ms seek
ATI Radeon 9800 Pro to XT(420/730)
June 15, 2004 7:24:51 PM

bridging the L1's on any XP makes it an MP?

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June 15, 2004 7:50:22 PM

How much money you have to burn? If you mostly do Video encoding and 3d animation, you might be better served with an Intel based system.

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June 15, 2004 9:58:14 PM

You'll want to double check to make sure L1's are the right bridge set, but yes, AMD breaks SMP on the XP by cutting a set of bridges, uncut those processors are MPs.

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