Should i go for an athlon xp 3200+(2.2ghz) or would i be better if i bought to go athlon 64 3200+ (2.0ghz)
If you're going to buy a new motherboard anyways, go with the Athlon 64 - it performs noticably better than an AThlon XP and you get all the architectural enhancements like 64-bit capability, Cool'n'Quiet, SSE2-support, integrated memory-controller, Hypertransport-I/O, etc.QUOTE
Motherboards I am open to suggestions, 800mhz or 1600mhz FSB does it make a big difference?
There is no 'FSB' in the classical sense anymore on an Athlon 64 platform.
What you call an 'FSB' is the processors' Hypertransport-link which connects the processor to the chipset.
On Socket 754 processors, this HT-link runs at a physical
clockspeed of 800MHz
using a DDR-technology which results in an effective
clockspeed of 1600MHz
More info here
With the exception of boards based on the old NForce3 150 chipset, the HT-link's bandwidth can be fully utilized on any Socket 754 motherboard - i.e. ALL Socket 754 motherboards(except for NForce3 1
50 boards) have a '1600MHz FSB'.
On motherboards with the NForce3 150 chipset, the HT-link is running only at 600MHz(= 1200MHz effectively).
This theoretical disadvantage of the NForce3 150 chipset doesn't make too much of a difference in the real world, tho, since even a 1200MHz HT-link(which provides a total bandwidth of 3.6GB/s) is more than enough for any device on a modern motherboard.QUOTE
Last. Serial ATA on the motherboard, much faster than ATA/IDE?
With the exception of WD's 'Raptor'-series of 10K rpm drives, S-ATA drives are not noticably faster than their p-ATA counterparts(there are no 10K rpm p-ATA drives in case you were wondering).
However, S-ATA does provide a number of advantages, most noticably the much smaller cables as well as hot-swap capability and the absence of any Master/Slave-jumpering(since you have only one device per channel with S-ATA).
If you're going to buy a new harddrive, i would reccomend to go with S-ATA.
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