Extra Money vs Performance

pitsi

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A friend of mine wants to build a new system but he is not quite up to date with current technology, so he asked me to choose the components. Although his budget is not what we call "limited", on the other hand he would only like to spend the extra money if that will be justified when it comes down to performance.

So my idea is this:
- MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum
- AMD Athlon 64 3200+ (90nm)

My goal is to overclock the 3200+ to 2.4GHz, getting this way a 3800+. The way I see it, I will have to raise the FSB to 240 (10 x 240 = 2400) and lower the HT to 4x (4 x 240 = 960). Now my first question is about memory. The way I see it he has two choices. The first, is to go for some cheap, PC3200 Corsair value modules with CAS latency 2.5-4-4-8 (or something like that). The other option is to go for PC4000 memory (3-4-4-8). The second option is about $100 more expensive. Do you think its worth it? Will the increase in performance justify the extra $100? The reason I am asking is because I remember my self buying two years ago some PC3200 (2-2-2-5) sticks for my Socket-A board, only to find out a few weeks later from a review here in Tom's Hardware that I paid all those extra $$$ just for 3-4% (max) more performance compared to some CAS 2.5 or even CAS 3 modules. No need to mention how stupid I felt !!! Those money could be very well invested towards a 9700 Pro for example instead of the 9500 Pro I had bought. Btw, I am basically asking about performance in gaming.

Also the second question is somewhat the same. Do you think a 74GB Raptor is really that fast that it justifies the fact that it costs about the same as a 250GB 7200rpm 8MB buffer drive? No need to comment about how "small" 74GB might is, I would prefer comments based on speed, if possible based on a personal experience.

Thanks.
 

gallardo

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About the memory...if I were you I would choose the A-Data Vitesta 500Mhz memory(2 modules of 512MB,of course).Put the timings to 2.5-3-3-6 and they will do very good even at 500Mhz.It would be very good to get an nForce 4 mainboard with a Winchester AMD64 so that you can activate Dual-channel,which can do more than latencies! Performance in gaming will depend of course on the video card you choose (if the budget is as high as you said,why not try a SLI configuration? There most surely is a performance boost!)
As for the harddisk...I would rather make a RAID 0 of two 120GB(or maybe even 160) S-ATA drives.I believe that will be faster than the 74GB Raptor and you will have 3 times the space! Choose wisely!
 

Rob423

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hmmm sounds like a nice system.

Asus A7N8X Deluxe
80gb Maxtor
200gb WD 8mb cache..
Lian-Li PC-60
LiteOn 52X/LiteOn 811s DVD-RW
AMD XP2800+
LeadTek GF4Ti4200 128mb
Hitachi CML174
1GB Corsair XMS PC3200
 

georgebeee

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when OCing you get more performance out of higher FSB than you do out of the multiplier, when you OC the FSB you OC the system, not just the CPU. not worth the money to get the 3200+ prolly

but, like you said, personal preferance
 

endyen

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Just get the pc3200, but set it to pc2700. Then, when you oc, it will be at full speed. You dont really need the extra band width of a 240mhz mem bus, loosing a couple of % max, is not a big deal.
 

pitsi

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Yeah, I am familiar with the PC2700 setting you mentioned. That's what I am also thinking btw (regarding performance). I will probably tell him to go for the PC3200.
 

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