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    bigdawgfoxx's Avatar Big Dawg
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    Apr 2003
    Ok, so Im selling my current setup, minus the HDD, Case, and CD RW, to my brother and parents for 500. They are spliting the cost and will be a big upgrade from the 566Mhz celeron they have now lol.

    At first I was set on:

    AMD Athlon X2 3800 AM2 $170
    1GB DDR2 800 $110
    7600GT $130
    Asus board with SLI $150
    Decent PSU $50

    $610 Total

    Now I am looking at:

    Intel Pentium 940D $190
    1GB DDR2 800 $110
    7600GT $130
    Abit AW8D $170
    Decent PSU $50

    $650 Total

    I just have this image in my head that the X2 series athlons are soo awesome, and I think it is just because they have been so exspensive for so long, but really the 940D beats it in most benchmarks by a decent amount.

    Also, with the Intel setup I should be Core 2 Duo ready...which really is all that matters anymore lol

    People said that the board wouldnt run with DDR2 800 and I was wondering if anyone had any experiance with it, and couldnt I just clock down my DDR2 800 to 667?

    And last but not least, isnt an nForce chipset coming out for the Core 2 Duos soon? Does anyone know when it will be released or if it will be worth the wait? Thanks!

    EDIT: Actually that last Abit board appears to support crossfire, not SLI...I want nvidia cards lol. UGHHH!

    The cheapest board that supports SLI and Core 2 Duo is 250..screw that. I think I will just go with this Abit board that does crossfire. Whats an ATI card that compares to the nvidia 7600GT for around $150? Or are they even any? I dont see any good middle line cards from ATI like I do from Nvidia.

    But I could still use a SINGLE 7600GT on that board, correct? Cuz thats really my only option
    Last edited by bigdawgfoxx; 07-25-2006 at 07:46 PM.
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    1.75GB PC3200, 2 X 160GB Seagate w/ 8MB Buffer
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    FreeDoom's Avatar Obsessed By Cruelty
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    Jun 2006
    The 940D doesn't beat the X2 3800+ by a great margin and sometimes the X2 wins. The 940D also has a higher TDP.

    With that board, Abit AW8D you'll not be Core 2 Duo ready, unfortunately:
    Does the AW8D support the Conroes? Well, unfortunately ... no. According to Abit, a new motherboard with a PWM refresh is required for these new Conroe processors.
    Abit AW8D does support DDR800 memory: Source

    Nvidia nForce 590 supports Core 2 Duo and will come out soon, they are in Nvidia site already. Maybe next month.

    An ATI that compares to the 7600GT is X1800GTO but i think it's more expensive...

    If you want to use just a single graphics card, then you have an excelent motherboard to buy and t's cheaper than that $250 mobos you were talking: GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3 is 5*

    Be cool
    Last edited by FreeDoom; 07-27-2006 at 04:05 PM.


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