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November 11, 2002 3:58:25 PM

Newbie questions, please bear with me. I have a ECS K7S5A MB running a 1.2ghz Athlon T-Bird. I would like to upgrade to an Athlon XP. Any suggestions on the best cost and performance gains by doing this. I am thinking about the Athlon XP 2000+ or 2100+. Would I see that big of a difference over my T-bird? Also, would this change my power supply requirements? Mine is 300 watts.

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November 11, 2002 4:41:07 PM

mmm if you're a gamer then don't bother upgrading the CPU, get yourself a nice new GPU. Either wait for the NV30 or get a Radeon 9700.

because the difference between a T-Bird 1.2 and a 2000+ or 2100+ isn't going to enormous, noticable maybe, but for games maybe not, but if you're into DV work or mp3 encoding then by all means upgrade your CPU.

I just think of the Tbird 1.2 as still quite an able processor, it really doesn't need an upgrade.


oh about the PSU, 300W is OK if you have a good brand of PSU. Of course if you start suffering from intermitant crashes and the PSU starts smelling of burning then you know it's time to upgrade it :) <P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by FiL on 11/11/02 06:42 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
November 11, 2002 4:56:56 PM

I agree with Fil. As far as you PS, 300 in min requirement by AMD. If you put in a high powered video card or a bunch of extra fans in you might want to upgrade the PS also. Good luck.

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November 11, 2002 5:23:45 PM

AXP 1600+ to 2000+ is carries better price/performace ratio compared to AXP 2100+ or faster. I would recommend to get the 2000+

And also you will need DDR RAM to see better difference between T-bird 1.2 GHz and AXP 2000+. If you are not using DDR now, buy it later.

If you are fine with your current PSU and T-bird 1200, you should be fine with AXP 2000+. The reason is AXP 2000+ and T-bird 1.2 GHz consumes nearly same ammount of power.

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November 11, 2002 5:23:46 PM

AXP 1600+ to 2000+ is carries better price/performace ratio compared to AXP 2100+ or faster. I would recommend to get the 2000+

And also you will need DDR RAM to see better difference between T-bird 1.2 GHz and AXP 2000+. If you are not using DDR now, buy it later.

If you are fine with your current PSU and T-bird 1200, you should be fine with AXP 2000+. The reason is AXP 2000+ and T-bird 1.2 GHz consumes nearly same ammount of power.

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November 11, 2002 5:30:06 PM

I wouldn't bother with a CPU upgrade at this time. Instead I'd pick up a new Video card (GF4 Ti4200). When you upgrade te CPU consider a new mobo and PS.

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November 11, 2002 5:46:08 PM

Thank you all for your suggestions! I think I will stick with the T-Bird. Probably just add more DDR memory for now.
November 11, 2002 8:27:10 PM

MORE ddr? what are you at now?
give us your system specs and maybe we can help you make your decision
November 11, 2002 9:15:42 PM

I have the following:
ECS K7S5A 1.2ghz T-Bird, 256mbDDR Crucial, ATI Radeon 64mb DDR VIVO, Maxtor DiamondMax 20gb 7200rpm hard drive.

<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by eaglei13 on 11/11/02 06:18 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
November 12, 2002 6:40:21 AM

But he curently have a VIVO version, so I guess he is using it in some way. How about the quality of the Ti4200 VIVO? I thing ATI is better in this field ... Going for a 8500 VIVO would be crazy? I know the game performance is NOT the same, but it depends what is he doing with the computer right now.

My best recomendation would be a 9700 VIVO, but I think it doesn't exist ...


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