Originally posted by slvrstang
i'm thinkin of a building a mid/high end gaming system for my girlfreind. She *wants* it to be around ~500 but that can be fixed. So what do you think? Athlon XP 3200+(2.2Ghz) 400mhz FSB or Athlon 64 3000+(2.0Ghz)
i was thinking of sticking with the socket A because socket 754's dead already and doesn't support dual channel memory. I figure if she wants a AMD 64 then i might as well get the 3500+(socket 939)
I'd go for the 64bit-cpu. You said the 754 will be out of production soon...but you're wrong...by the beginning of 2005 socket A cpu's will no longer be in production...
It's not dual or single channel that makes the cpu type. For the low-end market single channelled cpu's/sockets would be a good replacement for the Duron family(i hope they drop the cache too >-) )
Btw i don't know what your gf is going to do with the system but unless she's going to encode/decode DVD/divx or play games like Far Cry, HL2 or Doom3 I doubt there's reason for a 3xxx+ cpu anyway...
Save the money and buy a 2500+ barton for her, since those bastards can be overclocked without adding extra cooling... ur sure that if it ain't broken it'll last for a year or 2-3 especially if gaming ain't the thing she's going to do with it....
And don't tell me you need 3ghz for MSN :P