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Old 09-27-2003, 08:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys,
Just wondering,
Im about to buy an AMD athlon xp 2500 OR a 2.4ghz intel p4..... This set-up is ONLY to play games on, i will be using a Radeon 7000 video card and the specs are shown below. Which of these 2 are better for gaming puposes???
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Old 09-28-2003, 02:37 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Ok ok i see your point but....
What in your eyes is a GOOD gaming computer??? With ALL good parts, and it came down to the processor what would u put in Amd or Intel???
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Old 09-28-2003, 02:54 AM   #3 (permalink)
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2.4GHz pentium 4 has more OC headroom.

But either chip will do you well stock. The radeon 7000 is the component you really should be thinking about changing.
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Agree about the graphics card.

Personally I only buy AMD now, mostly because I can expect to save at least £100 building an AMD system.
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Old 09-28-2003, 06:35 PM   #5 (permalink)
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i think you just answered your own question. the price difference is very big between these two processor which probably deliver about the same performance. i can buy two 2500 barton CPU's for the price of a single 2.4 P4!

in bios set the AMD 2500b using the included stock heatsink/fan to 200mhz cpu external frequency from the default of 166mhz. you will have a XP3200 for $90. to me intel vs amd is a no brainer. it would be better spent to use the money you saved to buy a better video card.
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Old 09-28-2003, 08:12 PM   #6 (permalink)
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yeah ok guys thanks i get the point a new video card....
now onto the matter of what Video card i should buy.... Im thinking of a Geforce4 mx440 agp x8, 128mb. Mainly because i know where i can get them for $95 (Aust).
Is this a good choice or not?
I will be upgrading my computer in about 2 weeks to the following....

Amd Athlon 2400 OR 2500xp
another 40gb Maxtor HD (80gb in total)
7n400PRO2 gigabyte mb
256mb/ddr pc2700 ram
And a new case (midi tower, willing to spend about $80 - $100)
Is this going to be a good gaming system?? ^^
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Old 09-29-2003, 02:48 AM   #7 (permalink)
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if you play a lot of games you need to be thinking something more expensive. i had a gforce 4 MX 440, they are decent but if you intend to play a lot of games go for a geforce FX card at $150-200 or more. a geforce FX5900 would be nice but if you can't afford that go with at least a FX5600
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You should avoid the MX cards.
They are just bastardised versions.. not worth the money.

I would rather get a 128MB FX 5600 Ultra for about £140 (i think).
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Old 09-29-2003, 07:14 AM   #9 (permalink)
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yeah but guys im not full rich lol, do you guys have any good solutions for a card which is not that expensive ($200 - $250 aust) which is a good gaming card???
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GeforceFX 5200 128mb DDR TV-OUT DVI
Leadtek Winfast for (130AUS)

Pwange card michael. Great gaming for a great price
Im sure alot of people would agree mate
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