Hey there. I would like to ask for some advice from some of the more computer knowledgeable around here. I am looking into getting a new cpu, and I have been impressed by the new PIV's with 533 sys bus. I was wondering what would be a good configuration for playing games but not immensly expensive. I was thinking around 7-800$ from pricewatch. I want to get a good 40-60gb hard drive..but am not sure on vid cards or type of ram and such. If you could give me some simple feed back it would be much appreciated.
I am carrying over my 21" montior keyboard, speakers and mouse from my old dell cpu. I don't really want the works, but I figure i should go High-end processor wise and get pretty decent other things. I am not however planning to overclock.
Can't you overclock the 2.4-P4 to 3.1? I think you get hit on the head for motherboard pricing though. The 845E&G and the 850E all run upwards of $160. SiS and the VIA are more affordable but harder to get ahold of. Some places won't even sell the VIA cause of the licensing issue.
Now that I think about you can get a 1.6-P4 and OC to 2.0 or higher. Athlon just instituted price drops a couple of days ago as well.
I am in the same boat as you though. It is more economical to get the 1.6 ($137 @ newegg) with a good mobo and wait till the 3G chips hit at the end of the year. Thats what I'll do if I can resist the urge to try and OC a 2.4 to 3.1.
With such a restricted budget, you would have to overclock to get top performance. For moderate performance, an XP1800+ would do, I recommend the MSI 745 Ultra motherboard and DDR 333. For top performance an overclocked P4 1.8A at 2.4GHz and PC1066 would cost you between $100 and $200 more.