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Top System Needed

By Tweakster
Nov 10, 2002
  1. My mums ageing 500mhz with Voodoo2 is showing its age now so im gonna swap my bits into hers and get my self fastest system i can.

    What Motherboards are the top of the line for what processers. Last i heard 2.6 ghz was the top of the line but im not sure.

    I would like recommendations on Fastest: processer, Motherboard, memory, Heatsink and power supply.

    Thx
     
  2. Tweakster

    Tweakster TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 199

  3. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,704

    First, of all, what's your budget? Very very high? :D

    And what are you going to be doing with it? Gaming?

    Would you like DDR or RAMBUS?

    PSU: 400-450W Antec or Enermax. Always.

    Top of the line for Socket A -> Gigabyte 7VAXP
    Top of the line for P4 -> ASUS P4PE from what I've heard.

    Memory: Corsair XMS2700 DDR333
     
  4. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    Heatsinks:

    Socket A: Thermalright SLK-800

    Socket 478: Swiftech MCX4000

    If you want a lot of CPU speed, remember that 2 x 2.6 GHz is better than 1 x 3.06 GHz ;)

    Now I just hide and wait for rants about multiprocessor systems..
     
  5. StormBringer

    StormBringer TS Rookie Posts: 2,244

    Well Mic, since you brought it up. Multiprocessors are only useful if the apps you are running support it. Unless you are heavy into graphics and video, then you may not use anything that supports it. I am not aware of any games that support it, though I haven't played every game out there so...

    If you had a duall 2.0GHz system, that is not equal to 4.0GHz, though this is what the majority of people think until they see it first hand. You still only have 2.0GHz, what you do have is the ability of applications which support multiprocessors to be able to utilize cycles from both processors. It is actually a little more complex than this but you get the point. Any apps that don't support multiprocessors, will simply act as if there were only one. If you are running a 9x OS, then multiprocessors are of no use because the OS does not support it.
     
  6. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,210   +424

    Games that use the Quake 3 engine support SMP (although not very well) - as well as Unreal Tournament 2003 (it only processes the audio on the second processor, but this can help). Also, if you are big into multi-tasking then SMP is great. Adobe apps like Photoshop benefit and 3D modeling/rendering apps usually get a huge jump in performance. I love my duallie machines and, although they are not my primary machines, if I didn't already have two of them I'd build one. Just keep in mind that if you're going for the absolute fastest gaming possible you probably WON'T get it from a duallie.

    LNCPapa
     
  7. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,606   +287

    Or just wait and get a 3.06Ghz P4 with HyperThreading then you can get a pseudo duallie ;)

    Seriously though, If money isn't an issue (or brand loyalty to AMD ;) ) then the fastest gaming rig that you could build just now would be a P4 2.8Ghz with Rambus PC1066 although decent 333DDR CL2 is getting closer when it comes to available bandwidth. And a ATI Radeon 9700 Pro of course... ;)
    The 9700 scales ridiculously high with faster CPUs... I doubt even the 2.8Ghz P4 will have it topping out of performace.
     
  8. hdmk

    hdmk TS Rookie Posts: 104

    if you can afford the P4 2.8 and a Radeon 9700...go for it....for other mere mortals (such as myself) I'm gonna go with AMD, cos they're much better value for money...

    and I've just bought myself a Ti4200....a reasonably priced card with very good performance [ok, no way near the 9700..but I'm not loaded like you ok? ;) ]
     
  9. Tweakster

    Tweakster TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 199

    This very day i just bought a few bits and bobs for Family PC.

    These are:

    AMD Duron 1.3 Ghz
    http://www.amd.com/us-en/Processors/ProductInformation/0,,30_118_1274_1202,00.html

    Motherboard
    http://www.tomshardware.com/mainboard/01q3/010924/sis735-04.html

    Memory
    http://www.ec.kingston.com/ecom/configurator/PartsInfo.asp?ktcpartno=KVR266X64C25/256

    Heatsink
    ?

    Fan
    ?

    All for £140 thats an ok price i think.

    Also got Sound blaster 128, DVD, 4 gb HD and 17 inch monitor.
    As u can see i kinda need to beat that ;o) .

    Also quickly someone answer 2night how much artic stuff should i apply ?
     
  10. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,704

  11. Tweakster

    Tweakster TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 199

    LOL That was quick Thx
     
  12. Tweakster

    Tweakster TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 199

    ARRGHH

    It worked on Wednesday
    It didnt on Thursday
    Today (Frinday) im told processer and MB have blown.

    AAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHH
     
  13. StormBringer

    StormBringer TS Rookie Posts: 2,244

    Elaborate on this please. By "Blown" do you mean they are both dead?
     
  14. Tweakster

    Tweakster TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 199

    Brown Bread, Dead, deceased, polly has squarked her last sqaurk, passed on,kicked the bucket.

    Reasons
    CPU has a chip on corner and i think it might be dead. The mb has a fryed bit near USB conectors. BUt im unable to check my memory as i dont have a 2nd rig supporting memory type.
     
  15. Th3M1ghtyD8

    Th3M1ghtyD8 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 664

    Quake 3 Based Games:-
    Quake 3 ;-)
    Star Wars : Jedi Knight 2
    Soldier of Fortune 2
    MOH:AA
    MOH:AA:SH
    RTCW

    SMP based machines are also great for DivXing :)

    My new rig does pretty well :) (2xAMD 2400+, R9700Pro)
     
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