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Following my recent mobo failure, and a hard disk failure on by boyfriend's PC which I had borrowed to enable me to get on the net to buy another mobo, I was forced to go into a friend's house and use their PC where I was rushed into getting an emergency set-up. I have never had a week like it.
I ended up with a Sempron 2600 on a Foxconn mobo with 256 RAM and an FX5500 graphics card from Novatech. I've got a further 256 RAM arriving today after realising that the Windows XP Professional edition that my boyfriend has installed on the system probably needs the extra RAM.
I also bought a DVD ROM and a CD writer and a Diamond Max 80GB SATA HDD. So I have a PC connected to the internet, but it seems a little sluggish at times.
This PC was bought in a hurry, to enable me to access the Internet, and it's mobo bundle will probably end up in my boyfriends house. What I would like to know is this: how does my set up compare in real life terms to a system running on an Asus A8V Deluxe Socket 939 with Athlon 64 3200 (Winchester) with 1GB RAM and a mid-high range card such as GeForce 6600? Which is what I was originally looking out for before my old system died.
I would be very interested in reading anything anyone has to say who has experienced both systems or similar systems and is able to make useful comparisons.
In fact I would welcome any comments about what system I should go for, assuming that we build it into the existing case.
Thanks in advance.....Paula.
Your question being in Paragraph 3.
Your current setup now and your desired set up will be fine for WP, internet browsing & the like.
The sempron will struggle compared to the Athlon
Your graphics card will limit your 3d performance and combined with a sempron will struggle with recent games.
For your new system you may do well to find a 6800Le or 6800Nu since they do about the same as a 6600gt but don't rev quite so hard. don't discard the ATI range either.
Talking about noise........that is the reason for the very long delay in hanging on to my old system. I am petrified of the thought a very noisy PC in this quiet little flat. I would like to have the ability to play games that I might buy but I am looking for something that will not sound like an industrial milling operation. There is probably some "sweet spot" compromise out there but I have no experience and my other half "does not do games" so he's happy with half a dozen PCs all with very, very old processors. I need a good, fast system that will handle full screen dvd playback, flight sims, and yes I wouldn't mind playing games if they are not too demanding on my reactions. (After half an hour with Age of Empires I can't pick up a cup of tea my right wrist is so painful).
I wish I had some idea about the enormous selection of graphics cards...it really isn't easy especially when noise is a factor.
By revs I meant that a 6600GT is running at full tilt in that the memory is very high frequency and the power consumption is relatively high. For the same perfomance a 6800 will lumber on with twice the memory bandwidth. I have no exp of a 6600GT noise but my 6800 is near silent even at load.
One of the main noise gernerators is the CPU cooler particularly with the higher P4s - perhaps AMD then. After that is the PSU and Case fan. With both you can pay a few quid more and find very quiet ones.
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