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Which entry-level CPU should I get ?

By puncrawcboi92
Aug 27, 2005
  1. I have been looking around at cheap cpu, and i saw 3 types

    Athlon XP 2800+
    Sempron 3000+
    Celeron-D 335

    what would you reccomend?
     
  2. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    if you're building a system from scratch and low on $, go with an Athlon 3200+ XP.

    bear in mind it is NOT a 64bit chip, however the ATHLON 64s a much better and more expensive. Another thread is arguing the case for 64s. There is not a whole lot of software support for Athlon 64s let alone driver support for 64s.

    An XP chip is 32bit and quite fast. Many of the XP series can be overclocked, particularly the 2500+, but I don't recommend it. The 3200+ is the last produced in the series and a 10th generation chip. AMD no longer makes the XP series, but they can be found easily online and also on ebay.

    I am upgrading my system from a 2500+ to a 3200+ very shortly. I am willing to sell my 2500+ for a reasonable price. It works perfectly.

    let me know if you're interested, I'm going to put it up for auction on ebay.
     
  3. puncrawcboi92

    puncrawcboi92 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 68

    how much will it go for? i am intrested
     
  4. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    I'll sell it for $45 starting bid plus $3.00 for shipping and insurance to a USA address.

    The CPU has never been overclocked and works perfect. I will let you know, it is a locked CPU and this particular edition doesn't overclock. (It's a newer version.) However, I have never overclocked it myself. I bought it brand new. I have never had a problem with it. I consider myself very experienced with installations, so I know what I'm doing! ;)

    I'll even use thermal cleaner to remove the thermal grease before I send it.

    Guaranteed not DOA for 3 days. AMDs tend run to hot, so I highly suggest getting a very good socket A CPU cooler like thermaltake and artic silver thermal grease.

    I'll let you know when I put it up for auction on Ebay. At the moment, I am deployed overseas in Korea with the Army and I won't be back for about 2 weeks. I have already ordered my 3200+ upgrade, it should be waiting for me when I get home.

    Ensure you use a static strap when installing it, and be VERY careful not to crush the die when putting the fan on it. I can't guarantee against mis-installation.

    Where are you located?
     
  5. puncrawcboi92

    puncrawcboi92 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 68

    Do you you have any pics of it?
    What's the fsb on it?
    I am in California
     
  6. jamie.benstead

    jamie.benstead TS Rookie Posts: 47

    Sorry to but in but what does FSB mean?
     
  7. Cyber

    Cyber TS Rookie Posts: 89


    FBS = Front Side Bus
     
  8. jamie.benstead

    jamie.benstead TS Rookie Posts: 47

    Thanks, but even more stupid question. What is a front side bus, and what does it do?
     
  9. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 5,899

    Makes sense now ?
     
  10. jamie.benstead

    jamie.benstead TS Rookie Posts: 47

    Makes sense.
     
  11. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    like I said, it's still in my computer and I'm using it. As soon as I swap it out when I return home from overseas, I'll put it up on ebay with pics and specs.

    AMD ATHLON XP 2500+ CPU, 1.83GHz, 333MHz FSB, BARTON CORE, SOCKET A, 512K L2 CACHE :)
     
     
  12. puncrawcboi92

    puncrawcboi92 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 68

    my pc uses 266fsb sry
     
  13. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    like I said, I'm putting it up for auction..as soon as I get back....
     
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