Upgrading from athlon XP 1600, need advice

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  1. SoliS

    SoliS Master Guru

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    my friend's computer has an Athlon XP 1600 (1.4ghz). i believe this is a socket A. his computer uses a geforce ti4400 and 768mb ram (PC2100).

    he's trying to be able to play counterstrike source simply without lag, at 1024 resolution. he gets decent frames already (40s, which is fine), but theres some lag issues when unexpected stuff happens... like a guy jumping from around a corner or the bomb exploding.

    i made a thread about upgrading the RAM, but the general response i got was that its the CPU; its just over min. specs and has a bad mem controller.

    so what would be the best upgrade given ~ $120 to work with? socket A here, maybe RAM if needed.

    i was thinking sempron 2500 or 2600 because they're cheaper and newer, OR an XP barton. even though they're older, they're faster and have more L2 cache.

    so my choices are: Sempron 25/2600 and 256-512mb more RAM, or a barton 2800 and keep the same ram.
     
  2. disfigured_LmKi

    disfigured_LmKi Master Guru

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    Hi ya,

    A big part of the answer will depend on the Motherboard your freind is using. If you can find that out, these guys (and me if I can) will help you make a good choice.
     
  3. moshpit

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    Barton 2800+ is the best CPU choice IF supported by the motherboard.
     
  4. Ayune

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    Yes Barton 2800+ is the best option for socket A mobo if you can find the new one.
     

  5. RodentOnAStick

    RodentOnAStick Master Guru

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    Here get this AMD Athlon XP 3000+ 2.16GHz 512kb Cache
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...326&CatId=1953
    My friend has one of these paird with an MX4000 and he gets like 80FPS+ on 1024*768 on low/medium settings. Best cpu for a socket A that ive found!

    Your friends ti4400 should run this great and extra ram wouldnt hurt either if possible get all 512MB ram sticks in there 1.5GB if im correct?

    You can always change the heapsize(uses more ram, makes it faster) to from the css icon on his desktop. Right click on the icon go to properties and where it says Target at the very end it should look like this

    -applaunch 240 -heapsize 375000 -dxlevel 70

    Hope this helps your friend =)
     
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  6. SoliS

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    asus A7V333 mobo. at least thats what cpu-z told me. is that one compatible?

    i'd like to grab the 2800 over the 3000 cuz its cheaper and i can maybe OC it a little if needed.
     
  7. Dr. Vodka

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    That 333 number in the mobo's name tells me that it supports a maximum FSB of 333 mhz (yeah a review says it uses the KT333 chipset). All barton core CPU's run at a default of 400 mhz fsb. Either its performance will be crippled with that mobo, or it won't even boot. Overclocking can be done to support that CPU, also a 33 mhz increase in the FSB isn't that much. You can try the 2800+/3000+ cpu in there, but it won't run at its full potential/ won't boot.

    My 2 cents.
     
  8. SorienOR

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    For $120 you can almost pickup a S54 sempron + cheap motherboard...

    newegg:
    2600+ S754 $69
    Biostar NF3 board: $70 or Biostar K8T800 board: $58
     

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