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    Best AMD processor and motherboard

    Hello guys, I think it's time to upgrade my poor socket 478 processor and geta new one! I have about £180 to spend to get a new processor and CPU to compliment my 7800GTX. It needs to be from eBuyer (don't ask )
    I was thinking of a 3800 AMD64
    and an Asus A8N
    Any reccomendations would be much appreciated!
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    he won't get a Conroe, mobo & DDR2 for £180 ...

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    Seems a waste to spend so much on a 939 platform that is becoming obsolete. I suggest the following which gives you a slower processor and budget RAM but has much more upgrade potential. Plus you can always overclock the processor by a fair amount and you won't lose out on any performance:

    Athlon 64 3200+ AM2 = £68

    Asus K9N Neo-F = £55

    OCZ DDR2 533MHz 2x512Mb = £52

    Total = £175

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    ^ Haha, yeah I can't afford it! I'd rather take advantage of the AMD 64's dropping in price? So do you think that mobo/cpu is a good choice and could I use my existing DDR 3200 in it?

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    I would go with AM2 as suggested in my previous post. If you can wait a few more weeks, you'll be able to get a better processor for the same price....maybe a dual core even if you stretch your budget by £30.

    You can always sell off your old DDR ram.

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    Yeah thanks for that I was thinking AM2 3800 for £95 But really AM2 is just a memory change so I'd have to buy new DDR2 ram whilst with socket 939 could I use my existing DDR 3200?
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    Quote Originally Posted by AtomicFuse
    But really AM2 is just a memory change so I'd have to buy new DDR2 ram whilst with socket 939 could I use my existing DDR 3200?
    yes & 939 prices should drop in a couple of weeks too.

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    ASrock dual sata2 for 35 quid, then wait for the price crash on the X2 3800 and pick that up within budget

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    Yeah the asrock seems good, how long do you think until the prices drop? Are we talking a few weeks?

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    Maybe a few days

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    • amjedm's system
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    So far it looks like only processor prices will drop - am I right? Motherboards will still be expensive (S939).
    Last edited by amjedm; 11-07-2006 at 11:21 AM.

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    35 quid is not expensive

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    s939 motherboards can be had pretty cheaply ie ~£50, its only if you want dfi or the newer 32x chipsets will they be ~£100

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    • amjedm's system
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    Quote Originally Posted by kalniel
    35 quid is not expensive
    It's not but I want an Asus or MSI and the NForce 4 start at around £50. Would like silent passive cooling and these cost even more.

    I was hoping to grab an NForce for £30 and a cheap processor

    The motherboard has to be compatible with the Scythe Ninja. The Asus motherboards don't need the Ninja plate whereas the ASRock does.

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    dont get the asrock dual, just stick to pci-e only

    if you get a 939 venice 3000+ or 3200+ and a good quality board (get a good quality board with low feature count instead of a cheap/old board with lots of features) you will be able to clock it much faster than a 3800+ and it should save you a few quid (get an arctic freezer 64 pro too for £15-£20 if you need it)

    that shouldnt be more than £150

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