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    Question 2500 XP to 3000 XP, worth it ?

    Hello

    I am in the process of pricing up a system for my borther.

    This is the system so far,

    Shuttle SN45G v2 250W SilentX PSU
    Corsair Value Select 2x512MB PC3200
    NVIDIA 5900XT 128Mb
    I am unsure what CPU to go with, he wants the PC to last for a while but is on a small budget.

    I am trying to decide between theses 2,

    AMD AthlonXP 2500 [1.83GHZ 333] OEM @ £54.05 inc.

    AMD AthlonXP 3000 [2.10GHZ 400]OEM @ £90.48 inc.

    Its £35 more for the 3000 XP, is that worth it ?


    What would you have ?

    Cheers

    (I must tell you the system is NOT going to be overclocked !)

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    Whats it being used for ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Agent
    Whats it being used for ?
    Gaming and internet

    Games only going to be played in 1024x768, only got a 17" monitor.

    Thanks

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    Well, since you've a very good chance of running the 2500 at 200fsb at stock voltage (equivalent of a 3200), you might as well get that. Yes, it's technically overclocking, but since you'd likely have to go in and manually set the 3000 to 200FSB in the bios anyway, I can't really see much difference personally.

    Rich :¬)

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    The third option is of course an XP-M 2400 or 2500 from CPU City that will almost certainly do XP3200 speeds at the same or lower voltage.

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    lets pretend he isnt gonna overclock it....

    2500 will be fine mate. Then, later on, we'll convince you to up it a fraction

    The memory is up to the job.

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    If you stick in a 2500+ and then overclock it to 3200+ speeds, you are saving quite a bit of money, with relatively low risk so long as you do it sensibly. Of course, if you are going to overclock then Mulda's suggestion of a Mobile Barton 2400+/2500+ would be best - low voltages and an unlocked multiplier mean that you should be able to overclock far further.

    Even if you don't overclock, I don't think that the extra £35 is worth it.
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    Normally your CPU would run on 1.65volts. If you buy the 2400+ or 2500+ XP-M mobile chips £60ish they are like golden samples picked by AMD because they run perfectly with lower voltages of 1.45/1.55volts. Setting the voltage back to 1.65 volts is like no risk at all and they'll run 11x200 2.2Ghz 3200+ speeds with any suitably rated cooler. Corsair value select PC3200 is perfectly suited to the job just set it to CAS3.0 and it will be great. At CAS2.5 I got some errors testing the memory but I didn't try raising the voltage so perhaps it will be OK at CAS2.5 with a little bit of tweaking. The CAS setting doesn't make a great deal of difference anyway just run memtest and make sure it doesn't throw up any errors.

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