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Old 09-30-2004, 06:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok guys here's the setup now:

Asus p4p800s
Pentium 4 2.4 533 northwood
2 x Kingston 256 pc2100 ram
Geforce 6800 (regular)

Other stuff:
Wester Digital 7200 rpm 100 gig HD
Soundblaster 5.1 live
300w power supply (I know that's gonna have to change)

I know that my cpu is limiting my geforce. I can only get up to about 47 fps on the Doom 3 timedemo on 1024 resolution and medium quality and I have a strong suspicion that the fsb of my cpu coupled with the slow speed and low amount of my ram are the major factors in this. My question is: what is the best value upgrade for me. The asus will take pretty much every component that I can afford (i.e. no extreme edition stuff or athlon upgrade) so I'm just wondering what the best combination of ram and cpu would be for the least amount.


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Old 09-30-2004, 11:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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y not AMD? if your talking specifically for games.

intel's FSB is quad pumped, so u would need a 800fsb intel cpu to run pc3200.

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Old 10-01-2004, 12:53 AM   #3 (permalink)
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well I was able to run the doom3 demo on high settings 800x600 resolution with reasonable gameplay. An article I read said it'd look better at 1024x768 at medium resolution than high on 800x600, but I have yet to try it
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Old 10-01-2004, 07:49 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Dont get me wrong, I would LOVE to upgrade to an FX 53 but I just got this mobo so I'm gonna work on it for a while.

Nubius how are you able to run two different types of ram.

Can I go up to a 3.0 gig HT and 2 x 512 pc3200 ram with 300 watts ps?

Is 1 x 512 pc 3200 faster than 2 x 256 pc 2100?

What are the image quality settings all about for the 6800. What is the difference between the Performance and the Quality settings, and why do I get faster framerate when it is set on High Quality and slower framerate when it is set on High Performance?

Much thanks for the replies
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Old 10-01-2004, 09:06 AM   #5 (permalink)
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According to this you will be using 304W. I would use the calculator yourself because I assumed a few things when I used it for you.

If you can, use two sticks of 512MB PC3200. Your mobo supports dual channel ram, so using two sticks will utilize the dual channel.

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Old 10-01-2004, 11:40 AM   #6 (permalink)
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for AMD the 1x 3200 would be faster.

but intel is quad pumped, so it depends on the ram running in duel channel, so i dont know.

performance = fast gameplay
quality = higher image detail at the cost of performance.

your last ? is missworded and confusing.
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Old 10-01-2004, 02:32 PM   #7 (permalink)
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No it is not missworded.....I get more fps with the High Quality setting (approx. 47.9) than I get when High Performance is on (approx. 43.2). Both demo's are run three times apiece with the final being an average of the last two scores.

Yes, I got about the same on the wattage I need. But isn't that with everything running at full bore? I mean, if I need 304 watts and I have 300 watts am I really gonna be hatin' it that much?

Also, going up to the 800 fsb and HT should I consider an increase in cooling for my case. Right now all I have is a thermaltake volcano 478 and the power supply fan cooling my stuff.

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