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April 25, 2002 12:33:02 PM

ok i' ve narrowed my motherboard and CPU down to one of these two selections. either the P4 gig, <A HREF=" " target="_new"> </A>, or the AMD gig, <A HREF=" " target="_new"> </A>. im going to be using the machine for playing intense games like quake 3 and max payne, and also for playing DVDs. i dont plan on overclocking. which one of the above combos should i go with?

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April 25, 2002 1:00:53 PM

I would recommend the amd processor. With that motherboard you will have more upgrade options than the P4. The processor is faster too. In my opinion a P4 isn't worth the money unless you use rdram.
April 25, 2002 1:02:26 PM

go with the AXP will kill the P4 1.6A at stocks speeds...not only that...the P4 motherboard only has ddr266 ram (on that cpu/motherboard combo)...which only decreases the P4's performance...
i would just get the AXP if i were you...

<b><font color=red>ATI</font color=red>'s drivers are like a broken faucet, they both keep on leaking...</b> :cool: <P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by pr497 on 04/25/02 09:03 AM.</EM></FONT></P>
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April 25, 2002 2:46:33 PM

>im going to be using the machine for playing intense
>games like quake 3 and max payne

Get a good videocard then. Do you know both Quake3 and Max Payne run perfectly well on a 1 Ghz P3/athlon ? Hell, even my brothers old P3-600 runs both games *very* adequately when coupled with a simple Geforce2 Pro. Unless you can distinguish 100 fps from 250 (which you cant, cause your monitor cant handle it anyway)..

>and also for playing DVDs

That sure doesnt require a killer machine. A P2-300 would do I think. My friend even uses his Celeron 500 laptop for playing DivX movies. Works like a charm.

= The views stated herein are my personal views, and not necessarily the views of my wife. =
April 25, 2002 3:48:28 PM

The AMD is definitely the better system for you. I do hope that you do not live in CA or are planning on picking up the combo it's a waste to pay freight and tax...

Also, there is about a $40 premium on buying the CPU and the MB together, rather then from two different places. Check it out over at price watch.

Are you going to go with raid 1 or 0+1?