Originally posted by P.P. Mguire
Did you guys not read his post or what? Hes trying to run it on a 2800 Sempron S754...768meg of ram and a 6600GT whould run it fine no problem. My sister can run BF2 w/ a gig of ram, 2500+ AthlonXP and a Radeon9000. If its done right you could do it. If you live anywhere near a FRYs electronics they got a good holiday deal for a 3500+ and ecs mobo combo s754 (i blieve) for 199. Thats a **** good deal. BTW why are you paying half when its his system?
Thank you. Yes, absolutely correct. Thats a Heluva good value. And Havok, you obviously understimate the power of the Sempron 64s. I got a Sempron 64 3000+ for a friend's system. Its 1.8GHz and I was able to overclock it to 2.8GHz on STOCK air cooling. Then he had a freakin FX-55, same performance as my processor at 2.7GHz. I'm sorry we all don't have the money to get FX-57s or Opteron 154s.
MK97, I've gotta say you know quite a lot
You've avoided most major mistakes people make while building/upgrading a PC, nice job. I'm especially impressed that you actually chose a Micro-ATX motherboard
To answer your question, the Sempron 2800+ will be a minor improvement, and will almost definately help in overclocking, and personally I would go with it, since 1.4GHz is a bit too low for my blood (then again, I run at 2.7GHz so...hehe). Performance-wise, it would probably be the same, but I would bet on the 2800+ overclocking higher. See if you can get the $15 more before you buy. On a side note, nice job on selecting the Sempon 64, most people don't even know they exist.
So let me recap, Sempron 64 2500+ @ 2.2GHz (Shoudn't be too hard), 768MB RAM, and in the future, a 6660GT. If your friend had exactly those specs, he would be running Doom 3 on Medium
. To compare the processor, it would be better than an Athlon 64 3200+. Kind of like a Athlon 64 3350+, lol.
Excellent choice on the Power Supply. Make sure that your old case can have the old motherboard removed. Some manufacturers like Dell fuse the motherboard to the case, making it impossible to remove. Also, the power supply might not fit in a Micro-ATX case.
My only recommendation (besides the 2800+) would be to get a $24 Mid-Tower case;
And a ATX motherboard;
Thats the only one with PCI-E under $59. If you can go AGP. (its a budget system, after all);
Otherwise, good going.