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September 12, 2004 4:25:00 PM

Help. I'm thinking of upgrading my PC. I currently have an AMD Athlon Barton 3000+ but was thinking of Upgrading to a Pentium 4. I'm not up with Pentium processors. I've read that hyperthreading will really boost performance but i'm slightly confused by these new Prescott chips, do these have hyperthreading?

Am i also going to see much of a performance boost by upgrading to a 3.2 p4 with HT from an Athlon.

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September 12, 2004 4:32:55 PM

The new prescott chips have hyperthreading alright, and a somewhat improved version of it. They are reasonable chips; not the best, but good. Typically, A64 will do better.

Also, I'm sorry to ask, but I just had to: <i>Why</i> do you want to upgrade that computer? It is still quite a respectable one!...... Your choice, of course.

And as for a 3.2 P4, yes, it will probably be quite a bit faster than your 3000+ Barton. Your Barton is probably equivalent to a 2.6Ghz P4 or maybe, best case scenario for you, 2.8Ghz at most...

If I were you, I would only upgrade by the time that made a big difference (like 150+% of performance, or whatever...) For what will you be needing this computer?
September 12, 2004 4:53:59 PM

My PC is used primarily for Games. I'm abit of a junkie for high detail & resolutions, I have a 19" monitor & try to run them at 1280x1074 resultion with the detail turned up. I have 1GB of ram & a 128mb Radeon 9800 pro

This has been ok up to now. Call of duty runs a treat with detail switched up. To my surprise Doom 3 faired quite well too. However, i've just recently down;loaded the demo of Medal of Honour pacific assault & my PC ground to a halt, it seemed to struggle to almost Far Cry proportions.

I switched the settings down to 1024x768 with medium detail which was fine.

What i'm trying to gauge is whether ugrading to a p4 3200+ is going to make a vast amount of difference, i'm keeping the graphics card & memory as they are.
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September 12, 2004 5:02:35 PM

I don't think HyperThreading will help you on most games. It has to have programs that are multi-threaded to gain a boost from this feature. Your 98pro is probally the culprit behind D3 failing to run at your desired resolutions. Not the processor.
I am mostly on the Intel camp, but I work with pro-graphics and video editing which makes my claim easy, but is also good for gaming.
But for a game junkie, I can not help but to wonder why you would want to go Prescott, verses AMD64-3800+ with the ATI-X800XT graphics card.

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September 12, 2004 5:04:53 PM

But seriously, if you just upgrade your grafix to the X800XT (~$500), and keep your current rig, you'll probally be somewhat satisfied with Doom 3 action.
If not, then look at mobo with chip upgrade, after that.



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September 12, 2004 5:07:01 PM

I gotta say, I wish I could afford to upgrade every 6 months or so to the newest latest and greatest!!!
Will you send me your old crappy board and processor when you upgrade???


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September 12, 2004 5:56:15 PM

Usually i'm quite up on whats new etc but i've not been reading much about the new cards & stuff recently.

I need to try & keep my costs to about £250 ( $450), buying an x800xt will mean a new m/board too.

I sell my old components on Ebay every time i upgrade to help offset the cost. I can usually cover approx 50% of the cost.

So can i assume that 64bit Athlons are better then the P4s?
September 12, 2004 5:59:22 PM

Also, whats the best AGP card on the market at the mo?

Are we looking at the geforce 6800 ultra?
September 12, 2004 6:32:49 PM

I try to build people computers before the value of the computer goes down (typically every 3 or 4 months) I dont lose a penny
plus i make a few houndred for myself

I think you should keep saving up
then buy the x800 and a new board

System Spec's:
Asus P4c800-E 3.2e @3.8ghz
1gb corsair xms pro2-2-2-5 aiw 9800 pro
audigy 2zs klipsch ultra's
74gb raptor wd 2000jb
pioneer 108 pioneer 120s
September 12, 2004 8:18:24 PM

Wow your all have some kind of problems....the x800 run way slower than the 6800 in Call of duty AND doom3...A 6800gt(100$ less) will get you x800xt performances and more in those games....LOL

Click <font color=blue><A HREF="http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/you.html" target="_new">HERE</A></font color=blue> if you realy are an <font color=red>idiot</font color=red>.
September 12, 2004 10:14:24 PM

The ATI X800 Pro and XT versions come in AGP or PCI express.
So, should work fine in your board...and can take it along with next one.



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September 12, 2004 10:28:27 PM

Have you tried overclocking your cpu? My 2.8c runs fine at 3640 (260 fsb).
September 12, 2004 10:50:50 PM

Coylter,
Hold on there, Not way behind, try only about 10% on two games for now, and that is only until driver improvements are made by ATI. The raw graphic processing power is clearly faster on ATI's X800-XT.
And what about Unreal, Halo, Far Cry??? ATI is clearly faster there.
anyways...

Both the nVidea 6800 Ultra and the ATI X800-XT are top graphic dogs in the gaming world.

It boils down to personal preference, and I put my money on ATI for mine.


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September 12, 2004 11:06:41 PM

In the high-end graphics cards, the 6800GT is probably your best bet, unless you want the best of the best cards... It has all 16 rendering pipelines active, like the $500 graphics cards, but is also quite cheaper. It will kill the X800 Pro because of the 16 pipelines.
September 13, 2004 1:14:32 AM

Not if he OC's that X800Pro to XT speed. Plus pick up those extra 4 pipes.
September 13, 2004 1:38:24 AM

Picking up the extra pipes is risky as hell, much more so than overclocking. I wouldn't recommend it.

Plus, this "oh, OC and mod it and they'll be the same" is not quite a good argument... the GT can easily be overclocked as well and might even reach Ultra speeds. If this guy gets it to 400+Mhz, it'll topple even the X800 XT...

(that's the problem with <i>if</i>)
September 13, 2004 2:28:39 AM

I agree that flashing BIOS to unlock extra pipes is risky business, and I sure would not do this to a new card.
Compareing boxed cards is the key, o/c'ing is another.

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September 13, 2004 2:32:24 AM

Flashing the BIOS?

I was under the impression that you actually had to change the physical layout of the board's interconnects in order to free those extra four pipelines. Flashing the bios is a comparatively hazard-free operation......
September 13, 2004 2:57:27 AM

The way I understood it, you flash the BIOS with a modded one to unlock the other 4 pipelines.
I have also heard of using a modified driver to unlock the pipelines.
I have not heard of hard modding it to unlock them, but who knows? Could be a way.
And flashing with a modded BIOS does carry risks.
Using manufacturers BIOS to flash carries only the usual risks, ie a power failure.


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September 13, 2004 2:59:40 AM

Here is a link for soft modding several ATI cards with other info.

http://www.techpowerup.com/softmod/faq.php

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