Ok, by mobile M, should I assume you mean an AXP-m or a Pentium M?
Anyways, there's no real reason to go with such a high end A64 since lower end ones will almost definitely overclock past 3800+ levels anyways thereby saving you some money and giving you that sense of accomplishment.
The pentium M is a good overclocker, and its performance in games is on par with the athlon64. However I only know of desktop boards for the pentium M, one is 855 based and gives you AGP 4x, DDR333 and i dont think has SATA. The other uses a normall 865 chipset but has a socket478 to 479 adaptor card, i would def recommend this board over te 855 based one.
To be honest i think it would be best to go with the Athlon64, purly because the pentium M's are not cheap.
That depends on whether your games are CPU bound of VPU bound. For example, if you play UT2003/2004 you'll definitely notice a difference. However if you play games like FarCry (is that right?) that's more VPU bound, then you probably won't notice. If gaming's what you do, you'd probably be better off upgrading the video card more than the CPU. But then you run into the problem of, you'd have to get an AGP card which forces you to go for an AGP based system if you upgrade the mobo/cpu in the future.
yeah I dunno anymore. I'm thinking of a 3800 and NEO2 mobo and now im considering a 6800gt which would bring my bill to just shy of 900 euro. Basically for that kinda money I'd want to see a definitive difference.
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With that 900 investment you are going to have a wide grin.
But even with the 9800xt difference compared to A-XP is noticeable.
A64 platform has much lower latency so it can use every drop of performance from VPU.
If your current machine is fast enough for the games you play, you won't notice a damn thing even if you end up owning a 5 GHz dual core Athlon 64. Your current setup is not really a slouch, what is it you want to do that you can't ?
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I disagree.. my AthlonXP @ 2.2ghz on a NF7-S with ram @ 400mhz dual channel is a bottleneck in alot of games (i have a 9800pro @ 420/350), and seriously chugs down easily when running everyday apps (like skype and msn and firefox at the same time..skypes a cpu hog, well at least on a non-multithreaded cpu)
i think he would get a nice boost from an A64 system, ANY A64 system/P4 system
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