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Old 04-25-2003, 12:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am gathering info on hardware parts, i plan on using my computer for college. I am an engineering student, so i will be running various engineering programs (CAD, etc), word processing, cd burning, and some gaming. I know that i will go with an Amd athalon, but don't know if i should go with 1.8 or go above2.0 ghz. what do you guys think?

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get an athlon xp 3000+. I use my p4 2.6 for surfing the web mostly so i think that you need a 3000+ to get the job done. Accually i do more than just surf the web on my p4 but it is mostly used for surfing the web.

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Yea, you need some nice computer! My schools computer has CAD with 128Mb of ram and on-board video! HAHA! Its a laugh, takes about 10 minutes to start it up and it lags badley! I'd have to say AMD Athlon XP 2800+
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Hey, I have a Athlon XP 2400+ an love it. I would recommend the AMD Athlon XP 2800+ also, because why pay that much more for the 3000+ when the performance isn't much better.
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Originally posted by Slam'n Systems
Yea, you need some nice computer! My schools computer has CAD with 128Mb of ram and on-board video! HAHA! Its a laugh, takes about 10 minutes to start it up and it lags badley! I'd have to say AMD Athlon XP 2800+
My school still uses PIII 550's + Rage Pro's, even in CAD class, but recently, we got a bunch of P4's and replaced those ancient ones.

For the processor, I would look between the 2400+ and 2800+ models, though the 2500+ is nice as well.
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Old 05-03-2003, 09:32 AM   #6 (permalink)
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The 2500 barton is well worth it, especially in a CAD environment...I'm sure the 512k of L2 cache is going to help out there.
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Yep. The faster the better, but don't skimp on the RAM either.

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