I was not exactly sure where to post this so forgive me if I am incorrect.
I am in need of a upgrade for my main computer. I mostly use that computer for gaming and graphic/web design. I have never used AMD so I am not sure if I want or can come up with a good system based off their CPU's. However, if someone can come up with some ideas for highend AMD system that will work with what I have in mind; I may take a look. I will list the parts I have come up with so far and I would love to hear any feedback. Also, I have a limit of about 2300 to spend.
Did you read my whole post? Can someone at least review what I do have. Also, if I was to switch to AMD how would the AMD Athlon 64 FX55 San Diego compair to the AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600+ Manchester? When I am gaming I have about 12 monitoring apps in the task bar, yet I am not running any super stressful apps in the backround.
One big cost advantage is that if you run the newer AMD chips, you won't need a water cooler.
Based on what you have so far, try going with (all from Monarch for simplicity)
X2 4800+ = $999
Asus A8N-SLI = $145 (or the A8N-SLI Deluxe if you want Raid 5 at $165)
Leadtek PX6800 Ultra TDH 256MB GDDR3/PCI-E/HDTV-Out/DVI (adding a second one if you can afford it) = $485 or $970
Better value would be 2 x Leadtek PX6600 GT TDH 128MB DDR3 PCI-E/HDTV-Out/DVI = $177 each or $354 total
I would also suggest 2 SATA II drives like the Samsung (HD160JJ) 160GB 7200RPM 8MB-Cache SATAII = $135 X 2 = $270
And for memory, 2GB kit OCZ EL DDR PC-3200/Platinum/Dual Channel = $299
BTW, yes the dual cores will help with background tasks even if they are not stressful...
I should also add that for ~$2100 you'll have one of the fastest systems on the planet for what you do...
OK...one last thing...while the CPU won't give you any heating problems, 2 high-speed GPUs just might. Make sure you have excellent airflow over the 2 video cards.
Charles<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by viditor on 06/18/05 11:13 AM.</EM></FONT></P>
those ASUS boards are only good for poor people like me
Actually, the high-end Asus boards have the highest quality components on them of any manufacturer (short of a server board), that's why they cost a little more. There WERE some Asus boards about a year back that were absolute cr*p, but they were made by PCChips for OEMs, and only had an Asus label slapped on them...
However, ASUS doesn't have the OCing extras on them that Abit and DFI do...
A good overclocking mobo equals better stability, simple logic I guess
Except in this case. The difference is that Asus simply doesn't install all of the tools that DFI does. They keep it simple and leave it that way...
If you look at the individual capacitors and voltage regulators, then look those parts up vis-a-vis cost and quality, I think you will find that the Asus boards contain a higher level of top quality parts.
Voltage regulators that can deliver more changes aren't necessarily going to last longer or be more accurate...