I have a AMD Athlon 700mhz with a Voodoo 5 5500. And I looking to upgrade. I asked a hundred people which to upgrade: CPU or Graphics card, and they all say something different. Maybe y'all can help. I found a good price on a Athlon XP 1700 , motherboard, and a fan for $179 (or a XP 1900 for $209) . I could get a Radeon 8500 LE for $199. Which would offer the best improvement?? Thanks
$59 Gigabyte KT266A (you can pick a 266A)
$87 Athlon XP 1800+
$61 GF2 Ti (you can overclock the crap out of this if you want, but upgrade the HSF)
If you don't already have DDR SDRAM, get some for the board. I have a PII 450 with a GF3 Ti200. The CPU is DEFINATELY the bottleneck. BTW, to each his own, but I'll preach about why not to go with ATI til the day I die: one word... drivers. Me and a few of my friends got burned until one of us finally screwed our heads on straight and decided that none of us will get an ATI until they upgrade their driver support. But, it's your money, and your choice...
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