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 09/09/2004 06:37 PM
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Hi! I've been meaning to build a Sempron based computer that can be upgraded to A64 without a hassle. I did some tweaking to my original setup and this is what I have finally come up with:

Sabeeh's Sempron to Athlon 64 PC
1.AMD Sempron 3100+
2.ASUS K8V SE Deluxe Socket 754
3.ATI Radeon 9550 (256 MB)
4.ATI TV Wonder Pro PCI TV Tuner/Video Capture Card
5.PC3200 512 MB Memory
6.60 GB HDD from external
8.SCSI Card
9.Dual Format DVD Burner
10.Microsoft Windows XP Home
12.External Card Reader
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Keep in mind that this will be used for gaming, light programming, web design, and basic needs like e-mail, etc. Please also keep in mind that I'm using my father's AMD forum account and that I'm only 14 years old. I saved up enough to pay for this computer and I have a restrained budget and I'd like to get this for under $550 since my brand new HP P4 went down the drain, should've never tried Intel. Anyways, please check this out and thanx! Oh about the programming, I'm in Computer Club at my school so that answers the programming and web design part; computers fascinate me and it's a passion.
 09/09/2004 11:22 PM
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Megadeath: if you want A64, you may as well ditch the Sempron and get an actual AMD64 2800+ (or 3000+ if money stretches) which does support 64-bit. You can ignore the model numbers, as they're both still 1.8GHz; the Sempron's model number is based against different measures, that's all.

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 09/10/2004 12:05 PM
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You have specified a very similar system to one I am building, same mother board and same processor. I am using 1GByte of memory though. However if you want to upgrade to full A64 bit processing you should buy a A64 processor now as I believe they are discontinuing the A64 as a 754 package. Or choose a different motherboard that takes a 939 package, however a 939 A64 processor is very expensive.
However before you worry about this think what true 64 bit applications are really available, Windows XP isn't yet, and will there be any real noticable performance benefits between a Sempron and A64. Other components may limit your performance for gaming such as the graphics card before you notice any difference in processors.
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DWaller, I thank you for your advice, but the 754 package isn't being discontinued. When 64-Bit fully hits, lower end Athlon 64 and Sempron processors will be based on the S-754 while higher performing Athlon 64 processors will be based on S-939; I read this in an article that was discussing AMD's Processor Roadmap and future release plans. This also makes sense because an A64 running on S-754 will perform differently than a processor running at the same speed and on S-939. Performance goes up on the S-939 because of the dual-channel memory compatibility and the 2000 MHz HyperTransport BUS verses the 1600 MHz version of the S-754. So, yeah Sempron is a good processor and gives a great upgrade option to 64-Bit.

Oh yeah, what the [content edited] is wrong with my graphics card because you said that it'll limit gaming?
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