T-Bird vs Athlon vs Duron
What CPU should I buy?? I am in the market for an upgrade. I have a celeron 533 and feel like I need more. I am big into DVD and other video files along with simple programs. I'm not a big gamer so a 64 MB video card is unreasonable. I was wonder what the best system would be for around $600- $700. I was thinking Abit KT7 with a 750 T bird with an ATI 32mb XPert 2000 card that has dvd decoding on it, but was recently told to go with a different video card and a decoder card, I'm not really sure. Could i do something cheaper? Thanks
Yes, the Duron and GeForce II should do ya good. I'd suggest getting a 7200RPM or higher Hard Drive and some PC-133 SDRAM also. DVD and video files can be some serious bandwidth hogs. I have a Duron 600/MSI K7T Pro/IBM Deskstar ATA66 7200 RPM 20GB/128MB PC-100 SDRAM running at 110Mhz/CL TNT2 32MB AGP and I ran the Divx of 'Gladiator' on it and it ran nice and smooth at 59.9 FPS which was what it was recorded at. I believe that it maxed out on FPS because it was moving between 59.91 and 59.97 during the movie. Not bad for a $700 computer, if I do say so myself.
All you people know ati dvd decoders are best in the business. Just keep the celeron. Beside a p2 350 will give 30fps with the ati decoder. i was going to buy a duron but WOW ram prices are low i got (2)128mb pc100 sticks for $160. Dont upgrade the cpu.
1. 12x dvd (if you dont have it)
2. 128mb or 256mb sdram
3. Soundblaster Live! Value (if you dont have a soundblaster)
4. ATI All in Wonder 128 32MB AGP (comes w/ tv tuner and dvd decoder)
actually he said a p2-350 gives 30fps
not a celeron 533mhz which is what jedast has.
Personally i would go with the duron 800mhz and gforcemx
but ati does have best dvd decoder, you could just add memory and a ati radion card for under 300 and get a huge boost or, i would just keep the current computer and build a second one if you are going to put new ram hdd video card processor Mobo into it hell have 2 computers.
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Something does have to be said for hardware decoding. Soft is fine, but you don't want to compleatly choke the CPU. I'd say go Duron, ATI all in Wonder-128 (the Rage Fury is still compitent if not used in too many games and has every possible 'EXTRA' anyone could want) and 128MB RAM. I first got my Athlon 600 in the very early days of the Athlon (remember Irongate) and had 64MB RAM at the time. Windows uses quite a bit of that in normal operation! 96 or 128 MB RAM is almost a MUST!!