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|1st August 2003, 00:07||#1|
just had a nice chat with RB, and made my mind up. current setup:
1700+ JIUHB, does 2100 mhz on 1.75 vcore
256MB XMS Corsair PC3500 CL2
Koolance w/ 350W Enermax PSU
WC for vidcard, chipsets, HDD and CPU perhaps
budget: 300-500 euro
Asus Nforce˛ (old mainboard then for backup rig): 80€
other ram: I'll sell my Corsair and get 2 sticks of 256MB
vidcard: Thinking of an R9000@Funcomp, 9100 or 9200. it will be a lot better then my GF2, and I'll wait and save my money for an affordable vidcard that can run DoomIII decently
plan #2: get a decent vidcard NOW, and save little money
keep my KR7A, sell XMS mem, buy 512Mb Twinmos. my FSB will be limited to 190 (170 if i want to watch movies ), the speed difference with the nforce˛ won't be huge and I'll save my cash; no possibility for a backup rig either.
but I'll be able to afford a killer vidcard like an R9800
Thx a lot to Rich Bastard, but I'd always like to have a 2nd opinion
I'm actually thinking to follow plan #1: I can order the vidcard rightaway with the last bucks on my bank account, but I don't know if I should choose the 64Mb 9000 over the 128mb 9200
what do you think?
|1st August 2003, 08:10||#3|
well the first option seems the best (if you don't buy twinx corsair )
i only doubt it that the 9000pro will make that big difference with the GF2pro, in my humble opinion you better keep the geforce 2 and buy a decent videocard when its needed.
but an abit or epox looks better to me (and cheaper)
don't like ASUS verry much.
and the idea for a killer videocard, wait till doom3 passes and then buy a videocard , it will be 1) cheaper and 2) there will be new "techniques" then so you're pc will flawlessy run the modern games.
but thats just my opinion
or as Vulkaantje says, buy everything secondhanded: will be much cheaper.
|1st August 2003, 08:32||#4|
8500 <> 5400
in any case, I won't keep my GF2Pro in this rig... what other vidcard also gives good performance (and perhaps good overclocking) at a low price?
|2nd August 2003, 11:16||#8|
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This just leaves the excellent Abit NF7-S and the budget Asys A7N8X-X.
Because money is a big issue, i'd recommend the asus. It doesn't overclock as well, it doesn't have S-ATA, and it's with the budget NF2-4000 chipset (single channel), but in the end you don't notice the performance difference unless you push it to the max.
I recommended a 900Pro, because it's bottom price (70 eur) and decent performance.
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|2nd August 2003, 11:25||#9|
Join Date: May 2002
just bought myself a 9000pro 3 days ago - the AIW version, that is - and the difference between this one and a GF2 (even a Pro) is quite noticeable ... it would be a shame if it weren't, right?
it's quite a good budget card (the non-AIW), but my Ti4200 got me higher 3dmarks
|2nd August 2003, 19:13||#10|
TA, 3dmark scores from those cards?
I'll get a R9000 new, or a ti4200/9600 2nd handed
mainboard: Abit NF-7. I'm very satisfied with my KR7A-R so I'll stick to abit
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