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  1. pt

    pt not a suicide-bomber

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    hi
    my brother is finally going to upgrade his p3 500mhz to a more decent thing :p
    here are the choices, he just bought a house and all the stuff and is low on cash
    wich do you think will perform better, he doesn't play much so he's going to sell his 9800pro

    Memory - TEAM 512MB DDR2-667 VALUE - 54€
    Motherboard - Asrock AliveNF4G-Dvi SKAM2 - 66.9 (onboard-gfx)
    AMD SEMPRON 2800+ Socket AM2 64Bits BOX - 42.9€
    sub-total = 154.9€
    PowerColor AtiRadeon 9800Pro - -60€
    TOTAL - 94.9

    or

    Memory - TEAM 512MB DDR2-667 VALUE - 54€
    Motherboard - ASUS M2N-E - 65€
    AMD SEMPRON 2800+ Socket AM2 64Bits BOX - 42.9€
    some cheap pci-e card - dont know, have to look
    sub-total = 154.9€
    PowerColor AtiRadeon 9800Pro - -60€
    TOTAL - 94.9
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    So in other words you're asking if you should go for an Asrock board or an Asus board and get external graphics? I would certainly go for the Asus board and get a PCI-E card, even cheap ones will be better than integrated graphics IMO. I would also consider getting two sticks of slower memory - after all, a Sempron is going to benefit more from two 400MHz sticks of 512MB than 512MB at 667 MHz I think.
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    pt not a suicide-bomber

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    even a 6200le or a x300?

    skt 754 is too old, i'm going am2, also, 512mb of ddr400 cost the same as 512gb of ddr2, so i choose ddr2 667mhz (they do 4-4-4-12) :)
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    I guess when you put it like that the integrated graphics aren't too bad except that they will be using some of the RAM, so if you have 512MB that means 256MB system, 256MB graphics or 548MB system 64MB graphics ext. If you could maybe go for 6600 or an X1300 then that would be better perhaps... the NV44 (on the Asrock) is also refered to as the 6200TC where TC stands for turbo cache if google serves me correctly! So if you can sacrifice some of the RAM go for the integrated gaphics, otherwise I would recommend a PCI-E card.
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    i thik i will go for a x550 a x300 or 6200 non tc :)
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    i would watch for a box with the new sis chipset the 771 i think its called, the reviews of it show its pretty damned good and runs cooler then nvidias version.

    i would also grab a x700/pro as its the same as the 9800pro but pci-e rather then agp
    OR if you could get an x1300/xt that would be a good choice.

    my other thought is you may want to look at the via c7 based mini itx setups and add a pci x1300 card if the onboard gfx arent enought for ya(they are good for video playback and some basic gaming) you can get pci x1300 cards(used 2 recently for friends c7 systems)

    the c7 uses less power, causts less, and takes less work to cool, and is plenty powerfull for the avrage onboard gfx user.(really they are nice setups)

    if you dig around you can find the 2.0gz c7 setups for around 250-280usd thats a board+cpu+video+vinel audio(good stuff in my exp)

    i made one system for a little grrl using a wooden box from a craft store, c7 1.5gz, 1gb ram stick, 80ggb sata hdd, 180/200watt mini psu(for those little cubes) and a micro dvd combo drive (kinda like the ones for laptops but made to use in normal systems), the whole thing was under 500buckes all new parts, and looked pretty kool when we got done, the box ended up being riged so that when u open the lid the dvd/cd drive angles up so you can use it, still one of my prouder creations, also dispite only having a couple small slots in the sides and front of the box and one little 40mm fan as exaust in the back the thing barly gets warm even under HEAVY use!!!

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