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Topic Title: Consider buying Sempron for gaming?
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 09/27/2004 03:44 AM
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yanli
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I have tight budget for upgrading my PC from Celeron 500Mhz where Half Life 2 spec recommend for 1Ghz and higher, consider:

Sempron 2400+
Abit KV7 KT600 M/B
Corsair DDR 400 256MB
Icute 450w PSU with Dual Fan

While still using Voodoo 3 2000 card and *Audigy 2 ZS(this is where the driver affect the performance of my PC and related application)*

I seen there one on other forum webiste, could OC Sempron by setting the RAM to 200Mhz instead of the original 166Mhz, which he mention having successful OC to 2.0Ghz from 1.67Ghz, if it could work, will I need to replace the CPU FAN?

I appreaciate most of the game developer still optimize for older system when not playing multiplayer gaming...But hope Counter Strike : Source could run up to par as Althon XP

No doubt, I a First Person Shooter but consider Sim 2 is able to run Sempron2400+?

I could wait 2 more month to save my budget and get AMD64 PC too:

Is Abit KV8 Pro Socket 754 worth considering?
> http://www.techreport.com/revi...q2/a...ro/index.x?pg=1' ">http://www.techreport.com/revi...it-kv8pro/index.x?pg=1

If so, I consider buying,

AMD64 2800+
Abit KV8 PRO Socket 754
Corsair 256MB DDR 400Mhz
Icute 450W

Total cost would only cost extra $300 over Sempron budget PC???
 09/27/2004 04:47 AM
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howky
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Semprons are ok for low-medium applications .If you decide on 64 bit processor they come in two types the 754 socket only supports single channel DDR wereas 939 socket supports Dual Channel. I have dual channel on my machine and it does make a significant diffrence especially on graphics rendering load speed of games etc. Problem is the price the 939 and Fx cpu 's are very expensive your alternative would be lowest end in 754 chip(2800+). With regards to your motherboard Abit are a reputable company who make quality mobos.I personally use gigabyte but each to there own.I recently built an Athlon 64 3400 with the asus K8V SE Deluxe which has won the award on Toms hardware for Best product
id go have a look at it got a lot of features very fast too www.asus.com


Rig AMD Athlon 64bit-939 3500+
1 gyg corsair value selct 400DDR
160 maxtor calypso SATA 8meg cache
ATI Radeon 9600 pro
blah blah
 09/27/2004 04:35 PM
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QUOTE While still using Voodoo 3 2000 card
No go if you're planning to game...
A Voodoo is definitely too old for any modern game - you will need a new videocard first and foremost, otherwise even an Athlon FX-53 would not do much good

For modern games, the videocard is much more important than your systems' raw processing power.

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