my 6monthly upgrade. which would be best ?

  pinka 14:20 25 Feb 2004

its the age old intel vs amd question again.
ive got £250 to buy a processor, mobo and memory.
here is my shortlist :
AMD option
Athlon xp 3000 : click here
PC chips mobo : click here
Kingston Ram pc3200 : click here

Intel option
Pentium 4 2.66ghz : click here
PC chips mobo : click here
Kingston Ram pc2700 : click here

Ideally id like to buy all my kit from web systems as they are only round the corner from me. Ive read the benchmark results from AMD home page and they reckon the 3000+ outperforms a hyperthreaded pentium 3.02ghz, but then they would wouldnt they. Any advice much appreciated. thanks

  Diodorus Siculus 15:05 25 Feb 2004

Not sure about the quality of PC Chips mobos - certainly they have a poor reputation but may well have grown out of it.

  pinka 15:23 25 Feb 2004

i could probably stretch to this asus a7n8x nforce 2 : click here .assuming i go with amd. Another question then, being as the 3000+ processor runs at 333 fsb is there any point buying PC3200 memory or should i save myself a tenna and get PC2700 ?

  Diodorus Siculus 15:28 25 Feb 2004

I appreciate you wanting to use the local guys and this is to be commended... but why not have a look at and their mobo bundles. You will get a very good deal from them, and excellent service too.

  duplo 15:31 25 Feb 2004

Dont get pc chips MOBO. Only experience is with my dad's old PC and it was rubbish and slow. Get a good MOBO, even if you have to drop to an XP2800. A Nforce2 mobo will be faster with a 2800 than a basic PCchips Mobo with a 3000. Probably faster than a PCChips mobo runnin a 6000.

The VIA KT600 is a good budget chip set I hear (click here).

Faster RAM will make it ever so sligtly fast. As for future proof. Well, in 12months DDR 400 will be old hat anyways!

  duplo 15:32 25 Feb 2004

OH, AMD all the way Baby!!

click here for reviews comparing AMD and intel chips! They have loads!!

  pinka 15:45 25 Feb 2004

im AMD dedicated anyway (well last 2 pc's had an xp1700 and an xp2400) just wanted some views from some intel fans. But i think ill stick with what i know.

thanks for suggesting a retailer, but unfortunately to go the mail/web order route would mean me being without a pc for a few weeks as id be waiting for the funds from sale of this pc to clear on my card to buy the next. i think id be suicidal after a day.

  jimv7 16:46 25 Feb 2004

Search around for a 64 bit board and an athlon 64. as prices are coming down all the time.

amd 64 bit click here

motherboard click here and click here I'm sure you can search for better prices.

  pinka 16:49 25 Feb 2004

nice one, didnt realise they were that cheap. i think i could go without a pc for a while if i had a 64 coming.

  GANDALF <|:-)> 17:56 25 Feb 2004

At the risk of repeating myself, 64 bit is really only useful for large networks. The home user will notice no difference. Emperors+new+clothes.


  Rayuk 19:25 25 Feb 2004

Athlon2500+ Barton £54
Asus A7N8X Deluxe £75
Thermalright SLK-947U Heatsink £30
92mm Fan for the above £11
Crucial[website]{free delivery no nonsense warranty]2 x 256Mb PC3200 £63

Total £234

Then overclock fsb to 200 and you have the equivalent of an Athlon 3200+Barton.

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