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Alphawolf829 3rd February, 2003 01:37 AM

What chip is the best bang for the buck?
Im trying to help a friend decide on what to build. He is looking for the ultimate gaming machine. So I need to know what is the best and most stable and won't cost an extraordinary amount of money. Thanks in advance.

kat 3rd February, 2003 01:48 AM

i found XP-2000+cpu's on price-watch for 68$ limit one

AlternateVirus 3rd February, 2003 02:06 AM

nah, the new b core of 2100 Tbred is the best for the bang. 95 bones you can oc it to 2500+ to 3000+ depending on the cooling system and the stepping of the cpu.

Swifty2002 3rd February, 2003 12:29 PM

XP2100B for now..

SteveI 3rd February, 2003 03:50 PM

On the other hand, if you're a real cheapskate like me, you might get 2gig+ out of a $50 1700+. :)

Yes, $95 is very cheap for 2.3ghz.... but I like to think of it at a 50% discount for 10-15% performance drop, and some people are getting 2.3ghz out of their 1700+. :)

JayJay 5th February, 2003 10:59 AM

Best bang for the buck huh.......

The processor will have to be definitely an AMD chip.

As for the chipset of the motherboard, Nforce2 chipset is the way to go for gaming. The MSI Nforce 2 based mobo doesnt cost that much compared to other brands. If thats too expensive, get a mobo based on the VIA KT333 chipset. Although I recommend you give consideration to either a KT400 or Nforce 2 based board because they natively support USB 2.0 and AGP 8X :)

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