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Old 08-03-2005, 11:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm thinking of buying a new computer soon with an AMD processor and I'm an AMD virgin. I've been doing some research and I found many sites and people saying AMDs run hotter than Intels. I want to buy a computer for gaming, and I looked at the sticky topic on AMD vs. Intel, and a few people in there said AMDs are better for gamiing, so that's a plus. My question is the heat though.

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I'm planning on sticking an ATI Radeon X800 XL in there, and taking a gig of RAM out of my current computer and placing it in there (both are PC3200), so that new comp would have a total of 2 GB RAM.

How much heat can I expect from that computer once I'm done? Like I said earlier, I'm completely new to AMD processors. Will I need to buy a better heatsink or fans, or will stock be good?

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the a1130n offers a better buy as its socket 939 not 754.

As its oem, who knows maybe 50s celcius. Maybe arctic silver 5 would drop its temps. DOn't get ati, get nvidia with SM 3.0 support. You might have to upgrade psu prior to gfx upgrade.


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Old 08-03-2005, 11:54 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The a1130n does seem better, thanks for finding that for me.

Here's another question. I noticed it has:

Video Chipset: ATI RADEON XPRESS 200 IGP

What's video chipset exactly? Does it matter if I use an Nvidia card with an ATI chipset? The reason I wanted ATI is because they're cheaper, but I do like Nvidia better.

What Nvidia card can you guys recommend for around $299 (hopefully less, lol), and that's better than ATI's X800 XL?
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Old 08-04-2005, 04:35 AM   #4 (permalink)
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AMD's running hotter... it's no longer the case.
Athlon XP's would normally run at around 60 degrees (C) with Pentium 4's being around 45-50.
now Intel has made their Prescott, which will often hit 70 degrees (C), while AMD with their Athlon 64's will run at around 35-40 degrees, and no more than about 45 unless it's a dual core, then it might hit 50.

Athlon 64's are AMD's latest, running very efficiently at 1.4V, producing low heat, and outperforming Intel's in most cases.

for a video card, I would recommend the Nvidia 6600 GT, or a 6800 (no suffix) from eVGA, MSI, Gigabyte or Leadtek.
the 6800 GT is a really good card, but it's probabbly not in your price range.

Video Chipset: ATI RADEON XPRESS 200 IGP
I think this would be an integrated graphics card in a motherboard. if you can, stay away from integrated graphics, they take up CPU time, and some of your RAM. not only do you not get a good graphics card, it also slows the system down.

I would suggest a socket 939 system.
an Athlon 64 3200+ socket 939, get a Venice core if you want to overclock.
if you can, you should customise it. even if you're not building it yourself, you can normally get a lot better quality than the recommended parts by computer stores. most of them are only looking for a sale
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I would suggest maybe this with:
Athlon 64 3000+ OEM
250GB Seagate SATA drive (instead of the WD 74GB Raptor)
1GB OCZ PC3200
Sony DW-D26AB
sony black floppy drive
eVGA 6800
Windows XP Pro

whichever keayboard, mouse and monitor you like. if you get an LCD, make sure you get one with at least a 16ms response time, or fast motion will look bad. 16ms is descent, 12ms is good, 8ms is better.
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don't get antivirus, and don't get Office if you have it already. you can install freeware antivirus programs which are much better, such as Antivir, Avast, or AVG. I use Antivir and it is really good, much better than Norton.

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