Althon XP 2000+ Vs. Sempron 2300+

  NinkyRudes 14:23 13 Mar 2005

I have a pile of PC components at home, but I am unsure as to which I should go for in building my second PC. My mobo is a Jetway V600DA/DAP, which supports socket A processors.

I have the choice between a brand new boxed Sempron 2300+, or the chip from an older PC, an Athlon XP 2000+.

What I am struggling to determine is which is the quicker? The Sempron supposedly runs at 1583MHz, although Windows XP reports 1.26GHz. The Athlon chip (as yet untested) apparently runs at 1667MHz (see click here)

If it helps, the code on the Althlon XP is "AXDA2000DKT3C", manufactured in 1999.

Finally, when I've got the system up and running, with 512Mb of DDR400 RAM, what would be a good graphics card to make the most of the system, without wasting too much of the card's potential?

Any advice would be much appreciated, thanks!

  NinkyRudes 14:55 13 Mar 2005

A new processor has just entered the fray, an Athlon XP 2400+, code "AXDA2400DKV3C". My hunch is that this will be the one that I'm advised to go for...

  NinkyRudes 10:51 24 Mar 2005

Since no-one posted a response to this thread (wrong forum maybe?), I did some tests, and the XP does indeed seem to be faster in most benchmark tests (it's also easy to overclock...), so I went for that one. As far as graphics go, I decided on a PNY 6600GT with 256Mb, not cutting edge, but great for games like Half-Life 2, Doom 3 & Far Cry (running @ 1024x768, 32bpp, 85Hz). It is also relatively inexpensive, and came with Far Cry bundled.

  dan11 11:07 24 Mar 2005

Yes. The thoroughbred 2400+ should be the fastest. All three have 256K of cache, but the 2400+ should be running at 2.0gig.

It looks as if you have the sempron just running at 133Mhz. They should run at 166Mhz ( 333fsb) to get it up to 1.58gig. It may be the board does not like running 333fsb cpu's with faster memory, some boards do.

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