advice on motherboard and chip for good gaming.

  armageddon_outta_here 19:11 19 Apr 2003

I'm looking to build a new gaming machine by buying a motherboard, AMD chip, power supply, case and top graphics card And reusing some components from my old Dell p3 (500), such as CD-RW and DVD.

Does anyone have any suggestions for motherboard and amd 2200+ which has lan and onboard sound (5.1)and would be compatible with my existing parts?

Of course, I may chicken out and get the local shop to build the base unit , but I will still need to be able to specify the motherboard/chip.

Any views on choice of components welcomed.

Many Thanks

  clayton 20:44 19 Apr 2003
  DieSse 21:39 19 Apr 2003

Checkout these benchmarks click here

then choose a P4, of course!

  clayton 22:13 19 Apr 2003

Then check out the price for a Pentium 4

  froggg 15:17 20 Apr 2003

asus p4s533-high quality,low price;overclocked my 2g pentium4 to 2.7 no prob.use with zalman flower for silence!

  duplo 18:34 20 Apr 2003

OK... I am assuming your wanting AMD since your specified and athlon 2200.

The nForce 2 chip set it the bee's knees from all that I have read...(and I hace the nForce 1 which is good!) the onboard sound is good, and does not tax the processor one bit so it can focus on the rest of the game needs.

You will need new DDR ram... if you can afford it get 512... (2 x 256 MB to make use of the duel mem of the nForce chip set).

I dont know how much cash your planning to spend but as for graphics dont accept less than a GF4 Ti4200 with 64MB or Ati 9000 if you planning it as a games machine.

A new Hard Drive running at 7200RPM may be a good idea, especially since new games take up space!

The machine will play games very well and they will look good... not the fastes possible but more than enough for most people unless your a major games player and want max fps etc...

  goonerbill 08:36 21 Apr 2003

nforce2 chipset or kt400 mobo, cpu amd barton 2500+ and pc2700 mem, geforce4 ti4400 128mb graphics card.

have a look at this site as they compare prices from 13/17 different e-retailers, saves going around different sites and writing the prices down.

click here

  armageddon_outta_here 12:49 21 Apr 2003

What about

1) Asus A7N8X DELUXE (because good write up in another mag) about £108

2) XP athlon 2400+ (about £90) or XP 2500+ (about £117)

3) 512 ram (about £70)

4) Some tower+psu

  Rayuk 13:31 21 Apr 2003

1]Asus A7N8X Deluxe.
I have this board and am very satisfied with it.
Note.a/Get revision 2.0 of tis board if possible
b/There is a new Nforce2 400 Ultra coming out that will have official support for 400fsb cpus{For future upgrade possibilities]

2]Prefer 333fsb for this board together with PC2700 DDR ram run in sync.

3]Get 2 sticks of 256Mb to take advantage of dual memory channel[rec.Crucial]

4]case[your personal choice]psu 400watt+ best quality you can afford.

  Rayuk 13:33 21 Apr 2003

2]333fsb cpus 2500+ Barton[extra cache suppossedly good for gaming]

  two00lbwaster 13:54 21 Apr 2003

click here

barton 2500+

click here

Abit NF7-S v2.0 nForce2 touted as the new 'Asus A7N8X Deluxe'

you may be able to find some cheaper prices for the componants else where, but they seem very cheap as they are

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