Jun 18, 2004
I am in the process of building a new gaming PC and have limited my cpu/motherboard choices down to a socket 754 A64 3400 with a MSI K8N Neo Platinum motherboard or a socket 939 A64 3500 with an ASUS A8V Deluxe. The only reason I would go with socket 939 is for future upgradability, but I am not sure if it is worth the extra money. I don't plan on having to upgrade again for at least 2-3 years and at that time I am sure PCI Express and DDR2 will be standard. So I may have to buy a new motherboard and cpu anyway. The extra $131 is not that huge of a deal but I would hate to waste that money if I didn't have too. Any suggestions?
skt 939 offeres a 10% performace increase for double the price

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Aug 2, 2002
As you say in your original post! Is it worth the extra money? I doubt it! And frankly, you will not be disapointed with your Socket754 based for a long time. You can even try overclock your 3400+ to 3700+ speed.

As you said, if you had the choice between PCI-EXPRESS mb or not, it would be easier to decide. Because we now all know that by 2005 PCI-EXPRESS GPU will be easy to buy and they will come in a wide range of price.

Get the Socket754 setup now, enjoy it! And in 2-3 years you will probably ba able to buy a Dual-Core Athlon 64 4000+ or more with a MB for the same price! :smile:

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Jun 25, 2004
I'm of the opinion of buying as much "new" tech as your wallet will allow. You can't stave off obsolecence (sp) forever but you can delay it a while. I went Socket 939 with the A8V Deluxe, Caddilac smooth and on bios OCing.

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