I have: - Athlon 1400+ Asus A7V333 m/b 1GB 2700 DDR SDRAM Gainward Ti4200 128mb M-Audio 24/96
I have played FarCry and things went fine, but feel it would have been better with a faster cpu. I'm sure HL2 will be the same. My worry is that the m/b won't take bigger than a 2000+ athlon. If I get another motherboard and cpu, will it take my memory, or will I need to upgrade that as well?
My pocket is not a bottomless pit, and I dont want / need cutting edge stuff.
I always go by the Bios number shown on the screen when the PC boots up( at the top of the screen). Regarding motherboard and processor bundles Novatech do some at a good price if you want to change your motherboard as well, however its worth noting that AMD have recently changed their socket again and if you buy a Socket A mainboard you might be unable to install a faster processor in the future. But as usual its swings and roundabouts with these things, it all depends on what you want and how much you're willing to spend to ensure you can upgrade. My mainboards a Socket A and I'll not even think about upgrading it for a couple of years. Or so I think now anyway but I suppose this well depend on what specs the new PC games want.
good point about staying with socket a for the foreseeable future, i dont need a rocketship!
i flashed the bios to 1017 at the beginning of the year. i am unsure about the pcb version 1.01 on the asus site, and sisoft sandra giving "mainboard version Rev1.xx" are they the same? if not i can use a 3000+, if they are, it looks like it will have to be a 2600+. Mind you, a 2600+ will probably do the job, as the current 1700+ seems quite good with FarCry.
Remember the 2600 will be cheaper than the 3000 and you could spend the money on something else. Maybe put toward a graphics card for example or a couple of nights at the pub. My PC is a 2600 with an MSI 5900XT graphics card and 512mb RAM it ran Farcry beautifully at 1024x768. My PC will run anything that I've seen so far I only upgrade or think about upgrading when I start finding programs that don't run too well with what I have. PC prices fall all the time, if today you get a 2000mhz for £500 next year you'll either get a 2000mhz for £300 or a 3000mhz for the same £500( if you see what I mean).