Well, its come time that i joined the forum to find the answers to my questions. Here's my current specs:
*EDIT-ASUS AK77-333* Mobo, capable of 133-137 fsb, unstable beyond
AMD XP 2000+
1GB DDR 2700
8x DVD+-RW etc...
and i'm looking toward $500-600 for a suitable upgrade. Now, if you don't know, Zipzoomfly.com has a Soyo dragon socket A mobo for $15 after rebates, really making me consider buying a 3000+ for $157 more, and then go for a 6800GT. But where is the most performance going to come from?!?! An upgrade in the graphics card will be near useless w/o a new cpu, and most likely it will be 400 mhz fsb so i'll need new mem to go with it. What do you guys suggest?? And are soundcards at all relevent anymore with a good mobo these days?
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The xp-m will overclock to 3200 speed FOR SURE and maybe go to almost 2.5ghz on stock cooling.
You may need some pc3200 ram tho...
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Yes, the xp-m chips are very nice. And yes, mine ran fine @ 2.4 However, they do make it hard to upgrade. I was stuck with it a long time (for me) because I didn't want to make such a small step (A64 3200+) and spend so much money.
Just grab a 9800pro, for a couple hundred, and start saving for a major upgrade in the new year.
Your chip, with ddr ram, and a 9800pro, will be better than 3/4s of the gaming machines out there.
By the way, xp-m chips only come oem, so no stock cooler. Just as well, since if you are getting one to OC you'll need a better hsf anyway.
Prices are from ZipZoomFly. I realise that this is $44 over your budget but compared to any Athlon XP system, it should perform much better, without even mentioning 64-bit, Cool & Quiet, NX Bit, upgrade potential (up to 3700+). Regarding memory, since you already have 1GB you can keep it for your new system, since performance hit will be minimal (PC2700 vs PC3200 on Athlon 64s).
If you prefer to drop below the $600 mark, you can choose a cheaper plain 6800 instead of the GT.
That would maybe be an even better choice indeed. However, I do realise that newer cards like the 6800GT are so fast that very often the CPU is holding them back. I don't really have any numbers in mind though about this, so I have no idea how much an A64 2800+ would hold a 6800GT from showing its true potential. Do you have a review in mind that compares CPU speed Vs graphics card performance?
I can attest to that personally, I have a BFG 6800gt in a rig with an athlon 2400+ @ 2.1ghz. Once in a while I will catch some lag in certain parts of games where there is a lot of monsters or other A.I. and I am almost certain that it's my cpu holding me back.
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Have you guys heard about the *edit-PCIe* 6600 GT?? I don't know the costs, but it is nearly 20-30% better than a 5950 ultra in all areas. If the price is right, i might go with that. And i tend to agree with your 64 bit theory for future upgrading (although i want the performance now!) btw, spitfire should upgrade his vid card. its limiting his scores.
First of all it is PCI-E and not PCI-X, those are two different things .. just to clear things up You are right that this seems to be a great graphics card. It will be priced around $200 but the only problem is that it will not be available for AGP anytime soon. At the same time, no A64 motherboards featuring a PCI-E slot will be available anytime soon, so you have a dead end there! I believe you should stick with the following, and trust me, this will be a great setup:
Honestly I was in sort of the same situation as you a while back. I had a 2100+, 512 MB of PC2100, and a TI4400. I went a series of upgrade over about two weeks, the first of which was a 2800+, and a 1 gig of PC3200, running in dual channel. This helped quite a bit, even was playing Doom3 with my TI4400 (LeadTek version) in 800x600 in high quality with very little problems (Had no considerable slowdowns that would make me turn it down).
As far as the sound card, the onboard solutions are really good now-a-days. So I wouldn't particually worry about sound cards, and you always have the option of re-using your soundcard.
If you stick to Socket A I wouldn't go any higher than a 2800+ the price jump to the 3000+ isn't worth it. If you are going to spend that much money, you almost might as well go with an Athlon 64-bit chip. Everyone here really pushes the 64-bit chips, but at the moment you can still get very good performance out of a XP chip. With my 2800 XP/6800 combo, I manage to score 56,495 in AquaMark3.
A 6800 GT would be an excellent choice. Also you may save some money and consider the 6800, I purchased a plain 6800, as I could not justify the price jump of the GT. So far I have had no problems.