I just built this new system with a an Athalon FX-53
AMD Athallon 64Fx-53
Asus A8V Deluxe VIA K8T800 Pro Chipset ATX AMD MB
1 Gig of OCZ 3500 unbuffered Ram
2 Western Digital 74 Gig Raptors in Raid 0
DVD ASUS 16X DVD
CPU FAN SPIRE|SP703C3-1 KK3 AMD
Cooler Master Wave Master Case with 480 watt power supply.
M-Audio Revolution sound card
I'm upgrading from a first generation Athalon 2000 so the improvement I see is nothing short of amazing and I don't even have a high end graphics card yet. If I get an X800XT PE or X800 then we'll really see some benchmarks. I went with the FX-53 to fight obsolecence. Buy the biggest, fastet chip you can afford and hope it lasts you 3 years without a major upgrade. I went with the 939 MoBo and still may get screwed when PCI express comes out later this year, but I'm not gonna worry bout that.
If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything.
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Or buy mid range for 1/3 of the price and upgrade every year and youll still have a pretty good system in 3 years...