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February 18, 2002 3:17:35 AM

I am thinking of upgrading to a new system and I need some advice. I am not opposed to AMD, as a matter of fact I am really thinking of getting a 2000+ XP chip. I have heard nothing but good things about those. My question is should I wait for the thoroughbred which should be coming out VERY shortly, should I jump into a P4? I want something
that I can do video editing on, do some 3d design work (Maya, 3ds max), and that still games pretty good (which my current setup does already). I really want upgradeability and don't want to start with outgoing technology. Any recommendations are welcome.
Here is my current setup:
Asus CUSL2
P3 1 gig
384 meg Crucial
75gig ata100 IBM drive (only returned to factory once!)
20gig WD ata100
Radeon 64ddr vivo
Soundblaster Live! value

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February 18, 2002 4:58:00 AM

THe 2000+ sounds great for your needs.

If you do 3drendering, you should deffinatly get an axp as it is the hands down winner in all rendering apps(that im aware of)(save lightwave 7B). It has a low price point and whatever mobo you get will have the tbred and barton to look forward two in the way of upgrades.


If you wait for the tbred you will wind up spending more, and unless you overclock theres no real reason to delay the action anymore.

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February 18, 2002 5:23:51 AM

dwalls32
If you choose the P4, I recommend the use of Rambus RDRAM for your performance solution. You likely will not take full advantage of the P4's potential without it. Also, I suggest investing in the "Northwood" Pentium 4 core, with the 478 pin socket. There is a greater upgrade potential.
However, I can only find details on the i850 chipset, with the 423 pin socket using RDRAM.

Keeping the P4 in mind, I recommend that you choose the AMD Athlon. The performance and quality is just as good or better.(<-Opinion) On top of that it is less expensive. AMD has the intention of using the 462 pin Socket A for some time to come. <A HREF="http://www.theinquirer.net/20010201.htm" target="_new"> AMD roadmaps: fast horses ahead </A> demonstrates some of the differences between Intel and AMD socket plans.

For the Athlon I recommend the nForce board from Asus (A7N266-E), or one of their KT266a boards. I personally have the nForce board and love it! I saved almost $200 by taking advantage of the integrated components. You may have the luxury of using components you already have. In that case get a KT266a board.(<-Recommended for the price conscience)

The set up you have should last you about 2 more years. I would honestly recommend that you not think about upgrading for another 6 months. By then you will know the best upgrade path.

Check this out for further research:
<A HREF="http://anandtech.com/cpu/showdoc.html?i=1574" target="_new"> AMD's Athlon XP 2000+ vs Intel's 0.13-micron Northwood </A>

<A HREF="http://anandtech.com/mb/showdoc.html?i=1578" target="_new"> VIA KT266A Motherboard Roundup - January 2002 </A>

<A HREF="http://anandtech.com/showdoc.html?i=1534" target="_new">Intel 850 Motherboard Roundup: September 2001 </A>

<A HREF="http://www6.tomshardware.com/mainboard/01q4/011002/inde..." target="_new"> Pricey Foundations: Boards With An Intel 850 Chipset </A>

<A HREF="http://www6.tomshardware.com/mainboard/01q4/011126/inde..." target="_new"> Chipset Duel - VIA vs. Nvidia </A>

<A HREF="http://www.amd3d.com/review/a7n266e/index.htm" target="_new"> Asus A7N266E: Taking the Middle Ground by (n)Force </A>

<A HREF="http://gotapex.com/reviews.php?rev=a7n266e/index.html" target="_new">ASUS A7N266-E nForce 420-D Chipset Mainboard </A>

I feel that the software available today just isn't pushing the hardware boundaries like it use to. Good luck!
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