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    Question Best AMD 64bit skt939 setup for £250 Max!

    Whats the best AMD 64bit skt939 setup I can get for around £250?
    I know this has probably been asked before - but I want to make sure I get the right kit, I am not that clued up about boards...

    I was going to go Skt A but then realised I can spend the same amount and get 64 tech.... I should really learn not to change my mind so much but it is a BIG move from my XP2200 + KT333 ultra - that is really cramping my system to death!!!!

    I need it to be 8xAGP, PCI slots (no PCI express), IDE 133 for my drives, not fussed about onboard sound - would prefer without, and I need to use my PC2700 RAM in it...

    So what is, in your opinions, is the best I can get??
    Budget is around £250 Max.

    Cheers in advance!
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    Im in a similar situation to you. I thought of upgrading to a barton, but thought whats the point when i can have an A64. I need ram aswell though.

    At the moment the best bang per buck as they say is with an Athlon 64 3000. Their around the 100 quid mark. The motherboard im looking at is an ABIT AV8 3rd Eye their getting pretty good press from what ive read so far. These are around the 80 quid mark. The Abit scores well when you overclock them (apparantly). If your budget allows it you could even upgrade to a Gig of PC3200 ram or somthing?
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    you can pick up a gig of 3200 of SCAN OEM Elixir, i know it does sound naff BUT its dirt cheap (£82) AND it has had excellent reviews and o/c not too badly while keeping it s 3-3-3-8 timings
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    Save some cash and get a nice cheap Sempron 939 as well - I'd spend more on the mobo - as you can always get a better cpu later.... the Elixir is supposed to be quite good, although you wont be able to get a matched pair - like with the Corsair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorza
    Im in a similar situation to you. I thought of upgrading to a barton, but thought whats the point when i can have an A64. I need ram aswell though.

    At the moment the best bang per buck as they say is with an Athlon 64 3000. Their around the 100 quid mark. The motherboard im looking at is an ABIT AV8 3rd Eye their getting pretty good press from what ive read so far. These are around the 80 quid mark. The Abit scores well when you overclock them (apparantly). If your budget allows it you could even upgrade to a Gig of PC3200 ram or somthing?
    I'd prefer to keep my PC2700 ram thanks. But yeah, 3rd-Eye I was also looking at along with a Athlon 64 3200.
    But is there a better board that still fits my criteria???

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    with this http://www.microdirect.co.uk/Product...28&GroupID=464

    - I can't see anything better unless anyone else has any ideas??

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    Hmmmmm..
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    Quote Originally Posted by mort-uk
    you wont be able to get a matched pair - like with the Corsair.
    'Matched Pairs' are not worth paying a premium for, as they are only guaranteed to work together at stock settings.

    If you bought an unmatched pair of RAM sticks and they wouldn't run together at stock settings, you'd send them back.

    It's all just a bit a hocus pocus...

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    ...... I guess the chip is going to be how much I am willing to spend - 64's go from 3000 to 3200, 3500 etc etc.... how much will all of these overclock i.e, will I get another 100MH from the 3000 and 200 from the 3200 maybe???

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    the 3000+,3200+ and 3500+ are all basically the same chip just rebadged. Just get the cheapest. Youd be very unlucky if you didn't get 2.4ghz out of any of these, i get 2.7ghz out of my 3000+ , the 3200+ i had before that did only 2.45ghz.

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    Ehrm, you plan on overclocking with your PC2700 RAM? I think not...

    Get the 3000, get a gig of decent RAM (check out the Patriot 3200 stuff) and get the 3rd eye. You'l not go far wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RDL
    Ehrm, you plan on overclocking with your PC2700 RAM? I think not...

    Get the 3000, get a gig of decent RAM (check out the Patriot 3200 stuff) and get the 3rd eye. You'l not go far wrong.
    Why not? RAM runs asynchronously to the processor for A64's. Stick a divider on it and jobs a guddun...

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    i've got the MSI K8N neo2 Platinum... with 3000 chip, solid as anything. you could get away using 2700 in it too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shiato storm
    i've got the MSI K8N neo2 Platinum... with 3000 chip, solid as anything. you could get away using 2700 in it too.

    = 2p
    Thats good to know!

    I am deffo going for: MSI MS-7025 K8N Neo2 Platinum from Lowestonweb with a 62bit 3200. It works with my AGP too which is cool!

    Only thing left is what cooling solution do I need? Will the bog standard heatsink & fan for £7 be enough? I hear these 64's run pretty cool anyway.
    Do I need some thermal paste or do they come with those sticky pads?
    What have you got on yours Shiato???
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