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Well right now I have had my PC for a year. It's a Sony Vaio p4 2.8. Everything is stock except more ram :smash: .

I am going to build a new PC from scratch and I need it for a workstation but I have a strict budget. Now I have been debating AMD or Intel for awhile and I need a little help.

First I need something that I can put money into later, something upgradable. I dont play alot of PC games so I need something for high end apps. I dont really know much about AMD or which CPU's are their best for this type of thing.

If you suggest AMD then please suggest a mobo to go with it :thumb: cause I have no idea whats good :lol:

Thanks guys.
 

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"apps" is quite general. What specifically are you planning on using it for?
 

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If you are going to run office utilities use the intel and if you are more into gaming go for AMD, if you are more concerned about noise/heat/power consumption go for the AMD
 

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3D apps, Rendering, Encoding (MPEG, AVI, MP3s). It will be mainly for animation. Most 3D vets are using dual AMD opterons or something similar. of course I will be using single cpu power here :)

Now when I compare the 2 cpu's I listed it seems like I'm getting more power frorm intel at a smaller price. But everyone says AMD out performs Intel.
 

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Well this is what I have come up with :heh:

Case: Rosewill Black ATX Mid Tower Case with 400W Power Supply
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 3200+ 2.0GHz, 512KB L2 Cache 939-Pin 64-bit Processor
Mobo: ABIT "AV8" K8T800 Pro Chipset Motherboard for AMD Socket 939 CPU
RAM: WINTEC AMPO 184-pin 512MB DDR PC-3200
HDD: Seagate 80GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive
DVD+-RW: NEC 16X Double Layer DVD±RW Drive, Black
GFX: CHAINTECH nVIDIA GeForce FX5500 Video Card, 256MB DDR, DVI/TV-Out, 8X AGP


That's is all I can get for now. I cut down on CPU clock speed from 2.2 to 2.0, Was a pretty big price jump. I have never built my own PC so I wasnt sure which type of HDD and DVD drive to get. Yeah I know it's a newb question :thumb: ABIT AV8 what do I get for this mobo?

Anyways is this an ok build for upgradability? Will the 939 mobo last me awhile? come on guys! feedback!!! :rant: j/k :heh:
 

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I the setup is nice but i would suggest you get a PCI-E mobo for future upgrades.
 

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And instead of the geForce FX 5xxx, go for either an ATi 9500+ or a geForce FX 6xxx model. The FX5xxx are underpowered.
 

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Typhoon 01 said:
I the setup is nice but i would suggest you get a PCI-E mobo for future upgrades.
AMD dosnt have a PCI-E mobo yet. I tried to search for one on newegg but couldnt find one.

EDIT: NVM found one.

So is the Anthlon 64 a good bet? I was thinking Opteron but seems like less for more. Are there major differences?

@Kane: What about this Geforce 6200 128mb cant spend over $100, Keep in mind I'm not playing HL2 or Doom3 here :)
 

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>So is the Anthlon 64 a good bet? I was thinking Opteron but seems like less for more. Are there major differences?

The Opteron is the server variant, just like the Xeon is hte P4 sever variant. Not too sure what the relative performance is like on that.

>@Kane: What about this Geforce 6200 128mb cant spend over $100, Keep in mind I'm not playing HL2 or Doom3 here :)

It's quite rapid for a budget card, and has Dx9 features. As long as it's not the turbocache version (which I don't think it is), it should be great for you.
 

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there's very little difference between opteron's and a64's. One things for sure a64 are much better VFM, and are still extreamly fast.
 
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