since i'm being forced to upgrade my computer....
i'm thinking about going with an athlon 64 3000 with an msi k8n neo platinum, with a 512 stick or so of ddr400.
thoughts? (as long as it doesn't involve going intel because i would never ever ever ever run an intel machine)
things to keep in mind:
i don't want to spend an assload
i was thinking about going asus, but that particular msi is ridiculously cheap and packed full of fun features (with not a lot of onboard crap like video)
it's comforting to hear from someone actually running a 64 and loving it. are you running xp 64 bit or the regular 32 bit? and you're all designery, do you see any increased performance in designery programs?
It's hard to rate performance, since I was using a much slower processor before, but I know it kicks the crap out of my work machine. THat's probably because of the extra RAM, but I'm not sure. I'm running 32-bit, so that is ankling me. Last time I checked (Which was a while ago), driver support for 64 wasn't where it needed to be for games (which is a primary concern for me). I think I'm going to switch over pretty soon, though. I've heard the performance increase is not to be sneezed at.
.... dude, my brother has to buy at lest a $2000+ laptop for his business school. How fucked up is that?
Both schools are so full of shit if they think students can afford to just go buy new computer things and new computers in general just because it's required. Like having to go get supplies for certain art and drawing classes *cough cough* illustration studio.
I always used Asus stuff. Never had problems really.
I do suggest you get more RAM since you are using it for graphics and such. 512DDR400 is nice, its what I have but I would go for a gig. I do get some slow down here and there.
Another suggestion. Have d0rk mod a case for you, because AMD CPUs need cooling. They do run hot.
1. i'm running an athlon right now. i know about their cooling issues.
2. i'm seriously fucking offended that you think i couldn't mod my own case. jesus fucking christ. *rolls eyes*
3. i don't have $200 to drop on ram right now. the mobo i'm going with handles up to 3gigs.... and has 3 slots so i figure i can always pick some up later.
i haven't been following hardware for the last few months.. if you have to pay extra for 64, then don't. THE ONLY ADVANTAGE OF 64-BIT COMPUTING IS THE ABILITY TO ADDRESS MORE THAN 4gb OF MEMORY. unless i'm misinformed and you want to link me to the correction.
the 64 bit is $8 more expensive.
you can tell a profound difference between a 64 bit and a 32 bit computer, at least between mac and pc (since the only 64 bit computer i've used is a g5). i'm not sure if it would be that much different when it's not cross platform.
the "profound difference" is because of the clock speed, or caches, not the additional 32 bits. at the same clock speed, working with 32-bit files (which is somewhere between 99.999% and 100% of everything a home user or student is going to work with), there will be no discernable difference.
I've got 2 friends that recently bought the Athlon 64 3000 (and 3200) processors, and they are extremely satisfied.
The got the Abit KV8 Max3 mobo, because it had a ton of SATA (somewhere in the region of 10 or so I think), so if you want to be able to really expand your storage in the future, you might want to consider finding that one (think it's discontinued, newer models don't have as many SATA).
the msi spanks the kv8 in benchmarking.
and it offers 4 sata and 4 ide and can do raid arrays between the two and stuff (i really really want to play with that). and i doubt i'll need more than two hdds ever, maybe 4 at very very most.