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new machine advice

Discussion in 'Recording' started by phat-ass, Sep 21, 2002.

  1. phat-ass

    phat-ass Guest

    Alright, a friend of mine is giving me an Athlon 800 (well for cheap anyway, he has no more room for computers in his apartment) I don't know what the Mobo is yet or the chipsets, etc. But, I need to know what I might run into. I'm upgrading from an Intel PII thingy. Do I want to go with XPpro? Or should I just stick with 98? Where do I go if I have problems with chipsets Etc?

  2. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Well-Known Member

    An Athlon 800 aint much to go by....nor is it going to give you more performance so to speak than your PIII. With that processor I can gaurantee it's a Via and it's going to be more of a problematic system than you would want to deal with. Win2k or WinXP is a better choice than 98 to be honest.
    Once you know what type of mobo it is we can further help you on that
  3. phat-ass

    phat-ass Guest

    Whew, I have never had so much difficulty getting a computer set up. It's a pretty long, involved story...

    Anyway, I'm getting a Duron now, 1.2 Ghz. It's a Gigabyte Mother board GA-7VKML. VIA chipset. It is not running yet. Keep your fingers crossed. I have gone through a lot so far and I have a feeling it might get worse. But, I could end up with a free upgrade for a few of my peripherals depending on what the store did to my system...(long story if anyone wants to hear it).

    I really just need to know what OS to use (98, 2k or XP). I'm leaning toward XP. I also assume I'll have to work out details with the chipset stuff, I assume.


    By the way, I've been using a PII until now. (it even has an ISA slot) So I do expect some improvement in performance. Hell, the onboard video in the Gigabyte is probably faster than the PCI video card I have now.
  4. SonOfSmawg

    SonOfSmawg Well-Known Member

    Kinda sounds like that puter store is taking advantage of you still. They're telling or LETTING you buy a Duron processor??? That should throw up a red flag right there! I don't know what line of crap they're feeding you, but BEWARE!!!
    Athlon XP 1600+ (1.4Gb)... $52.99/free shipping!
    Will work with that mobo ... no prob. Even though it has a VIA chipset, that aint a bad mobo.
    Feel free to ask before you spend. We have no monetary interest attached to our help, so we won't steer you wrong. That puter store probably has dozens of those piece of $*^t Durons that they can't get rid of except to unsuspecting customers.
    Do you plan to use this puter for DAW recording?
  5. phat-ass

    phat-ass Guest

    You misunderstood. The store is not giving me a "deal." My friend literally had the mother board "lying around." I'm getting the case chip and board for a good price (which is to say, pay me whenever you get around to it).

  6. SonOfSmawg

    SonOfSmawg Well-Known Member

    Aaaah, I see. To be honest, you won't see much improvement with that 1.2G Duron over a 800 Athlon. Duron is AMD's cheapie line. For $52.99 you can have a processor that will make a very noticeable difference. Even if you don't have a steady job, you can work for a temp service for a day and make enough $ to cover it!
    You still never said if you're using this puter for a DAW...

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