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OT: New Computer

Postby kbplaya » Tue Sep 07, 2004 5:08 am

Just wondering if anyone had any advice on what to get for a new setup for my new computer...........

This is what I have planned so far:

AMD A64 3500+
Asus A8V Deluxe
512x2 OCZ Dual Channel Enhanced Bandwidth Platinum Edition
ATI X800 XT Platinum Edition

Cooling:

Swiftech MCW6002
DangerDen Maze4 GPU
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Postby mciampag » Tue Sep 07, 2004 7:52 am

According to Anandtech's benchmarks, the MSI nForce 3 K8N Neo2 Platinum performs better and costs the same. I'd go with the nForce mobo.

And the nvidia 6800 cards are outperforming ATIs current offerings at a comparable price. I'd pick up one of them.

Good choice on the processor.
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Postby jlaine » Tue Sep 07, 2004 11:06 pm

Spending that much $$ on a bleeding edge ATI (or Nvidia) card just seems foolish...

The "old" generation top cards still do well on new generation games... likely will for a while to come...

I can play quite well on Doom 3 with my 9700 pro @ 12x10...

I guess it's like buying those stupidly expensive amps... Why do so if you don't need to?

I mean, there is always going to be something out that is 'faster'... I'd personally save the roughly 3-4 bills and put it elsewhere... (software, speakahs, etc.)
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Postby blah_blah_blah » Tue Sep 07, 2004 11:22 pm

cant think about right now with computers....gotta think for the future if you into it hard core...get all the stuff thats hugley expensive now...that way in a year your computer wont be crap....and youll still be somewhat on the latest technology. yakno?
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Postby I8APONY19 » Wed Sep 08, 2004 1:21 am

If you don't want to have to upgrade everything in 5 years....do either 1 of the following...

Don't buy anything for another 1-2 years...

Go buy a LG775 setup (New Intel socket setup) + PCI-X + DDR2

It'll cost you a fortune :)

And DDR2 has pathetic latencies right now and PCI-X is currently not seeing any improvements over the AGP slot...

I'd buy a midline A64 setup....the 3500 isn't necessarily worth it when you can spend less with a 3700+/754 setup and see equal performance...
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Postby mciampag » Wed Sep 08, 2004 7:47 am

If you've got money to burn, buy the best, what the hell.

But they ^^ make good points. A $400 video card will go out of date just as quickly as it's slightly slower $200 sibling. In most cases, there aren't any features you're missing, just a little clock speed. Take the upcoming nVidia 6600, the younger brother of the 6800. No compromise in features, just a little slower and $200 cheaper. Let's face it, nobody really needs 80 fps in Doom 3 at 16x12.

But... if I had plenty of money to burn... I'd go big too :)
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