Advice needed on my choices for a new System

By InsaneMonkeyBoy
Mar 9, 2005
  1. Hey All, It's now been 2 years since i've had my system and because of certain features now available (pci-express, ddr2, gddr3 etc) i want to upgrade again.

    I have been researching a lot on hardware and the following two systems are the two i am stuck between. I will be using this system for Gaming, Cad/CAM, 3D Modelling and DVD's etc. I need advice on whether they have incompatible hardware, or if it's better to wait for upcoming technology. Thanks in advance. :grinthumb

    SYSTEM Choice 1 (Preferred Choice)

    Abit Fatal1ty AA8XE Mainboard for S775 I925XE - £155
    Intel Pentium 4 640 3.2 GHz Socket LGA775, 2MB cache - £185
    CRUCIAL PC5300 667mhz DDR2 Ballistix Tracer 1024MB - £230
    Sapphire ATi Radeon X850XT PCI Express 256Mb DDR3 - £324
    Western Digital Raptor 74GB S-ATA 8MB cache 10000RPM - £121

    Total = £1015 (Sources – and )


    SYSTEM Choice 2

    ASUS A8N – SLI Deluxe Mainboard S939 – £118
    AMD Athlon 64 3500+ 2.2 GHz Socket 939, 512KB cache - £179
    Corsair TWINX1024-3200XL DDR-DIMM 1024MB - £171
    Western Digital Raptor 74GB S-ATA 8MB cache 10000RPM - £121
    2x Asus GeForce EN6600GT TOP PCI Express Limited Edition 128Mb - £326

    Total = £917 inc vat (Sources – and

    PS: Is there any point in waiting for BTX to come out?

  2. Method

    Method TS Rookie Posts: 20

    2nd option would be fine for gaming =D
    1st is also gd, im loving te x850 :slurp:
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