Okay, I've got only R10500 to spare..thats about $1100.
My current system is (without the cpu)
256MB DDR RAM ( I heard that is the best)
64MB Geforce2 MX
I use my PC mainly for gaming, but I also use
Photoshop 5.0 and Dreamweaver 4 a lot.
I have a reasonable quote for a thunderbird 1.33GHZ (is the 1.5 out yet?)
system, but how is the performance and compatibilty
and reliabilty compared to a P4? I need this system
with MINOR upgrades to last me at least 3 years.
Which should I go for? AMD or INTEL?
Will the Palamino work on an existing Mboard from Gigabyte?
Will the next shot of P4 require a new motherboard?
What about DDR ram comabared to DrDRAM?
Sorry about all the questions, its just that I am buying
it on Monday and I need to know if I am making the right decision with AMD. $1000 is quite a lot in South Africa.
Your help will be really appreciated..If i win the lottery I will pay for your next upgrade
well if you have already purchaced the ram then that kinda means your going for a duron/thundabird (at least in the short term as the p4 doesnt have a DDR ram chipset yet)
Athlons are reliable and fast... but flamers will likely tell you otherwise in not very coherent spelling.
aslo check out the past reviews and read a pentium4 vs athlon article. then u will be able to see which one matches your needs.
either should be more than adequate.
personally im quite happy with my athlon 1200C. once i ironed out the NON-processor related bugs. exceedingly fast on all that i do. word, excel, games, mp3's, movies, large WAV file editing and SETI@home.
likewise to pick a DDR motherboard check out the past articles.
the p4 uses a completely different motherboard from the athlon.
and yes, the latter version will use a different socket. but you said your not going to upgrade for 3 years so it doesnt really matter.
AMD chips run hot. The world is getting hotter. Therefore, AMD is causing Global Warming!
Yeah, I'd have to agree. $1000 for a CPU+MB+case is enough to buy almost anything.
Even if you bought a $600 Vapochill (do they have them in SA?), you'd have enough left over for almost any MB and CPU you want, definitely enough for any Athlon and MB.
Athlon 1.4+Asus A7M266
My Athlon can beat your Ferrari off the line.