So, delayed even further - as if people did not already figure that out.
First off, what happened to kabukikatze ?
On the computer front, things have been really tight lately and this upcoming paycheck is already spent.
However, come March, I am looking at just building a new computer. I guess that I can spend $150 getting just the MB for my current system, but I still have the AGP 6800 and the 90nm 3200 (939 socket?) It just seems like a waste to spend $150 on "dead" tech when I can spend $600-$800 to get an, essentially, brand new, top end system.
I am looking at the following:
- ~$150: A deluxe MB (love the NForce chips, but not set on them) with at least one NIC and good performance
- ~$350: AMD ATHLON 64 4200+ X2 (better than the equally-priced A64 4000, I presume?)
- ~$300: 256MB 7800GT PCI
This is not the highest of all high end systems, but I am thinking I can get those and still use my old stuff:
- IDE DVD-ROM and IDE DVD+/-/R/RW
- The ol' standard floppy drive (for the win!)
- My Audigy 2 ZS (upgrade eventually, but not a huge thing right now)
- ATA133 200GB 7200RPM HD (my biggest concern, but all the new MBs still support IDE, right?)
- The GB of PC3200 that I have (love to have more or faster, but can worry about it later)
- Coolermast wavemaster case
- The trusty NeoPower 480 (again, be nice to have move, but not lacking)
For the tech-savy out there, particularly you Blue's Newsers, how does that sound? Can one of you link or paste my text on the site once Stephen updates? Price may even be a tad cheaper when I look at all this stuff toward the end of March, but it just seems like that would be a lot more effective than blowing the $150 on an upgrade-obsolete, AGP-tied MB.
I still have the Klipsch 5.1s, the beautiful Viewsonic 22", the scanner, the printer, and USB memory card reader - more than enough for what I am looking at doing.
I think the GPU is the weakest part of what I listed, but it will still be a step up from my 6800 and all the highest end cards are a good 50% more expensive. I would view that more of a "later, toward the end of the year" upgrade.
And like I said, I presume for the $20 extra, the 4200 X2 is a better deal than the 4000? I have no love for Intel, but I am open to the chips. However, as usual, it seems like the AMD chips have the best price to performance ratio.
What do you guys think?
Well, off to hiding with me until I can check e-mail, LJ, and all that fun stuff in the next week or so...
P.S. It's more like $4K and do not flatter yourself...