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    Re: Which mobo/vid card to go with...

    I didn't actually check your individual items out. ( you should have included a link to them for lazy guys like me )
    What is the cost difference between the combo and the two separate items?
    If the big negative for the combo is the sound card, then a separate better sound card is fairly inexpensive these days.
    The same might also apply to the video card upgrade.

    Overall, if the costs are nearly the same, I would probably opt for the separate items and try to upgrade them to the best of my own price guidelines.
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    Re: Which mobo/vid card to go with...

    The choice of AMD vs Intel Pentium has been an ongoing one with pros and cons on both sides. I for one Am in the Intel Pentium side of the court but that doesn't mean that AMD doesn't have big pluses too. User favorite?

    So far as the MB choices you have been coming up with, perhaps you can get a better side by side comparison by going to THIS SITE where you could do a better feature by feature look.
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    Re: Which mobo/vid card to go with...

    Oops. Here's the mobo I was planning on getting until just a few hours ago. The cost difference is about $25, that's all.

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    Which mobo/vid card to go with...

    Hey all,

    So I'm getting ready to buy some new stuff from Newegg and I need help deciding between two possibilities. They have this mobo/video card combo - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813138051 - which I do like. However, I had already chosen the following mobo - http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16813130060 - and the following separate video card - http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16814102041.

    The combo mobo supports twice as much memory as the MSI mobo, twice as many PATA drives, but doesn't have better built-in sound. The nVidia card that comes with the combo looks good except that it has half the memory as the ATI card I have chosen.

    What do you guys and gals think? Which of these two setups is better?

    Edited by BigAlDoc to add that the above links are NOT valid.

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    Re: Which mobo/vid card to go with...

    Check this out:

    BIOSTAR TFORCE 550 Socket AM2 NVIDIA nForce 550 MCP ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail (Newegg.com - BIOSTAR TFORCE 550 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail)
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 3600+ Brisbane 1.9GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 Processor - OEM (Newegg.com - AMD Athlon 64 X2 3600+ 1.9GHz Socket AM2 Processor - OEM)

    Original price: $183.99
    Discount: -$20.00
    Combo Price: $163.99

    This is a combo and it looks pretty good. Would an AMD dual core setup like this be better overall? I'm mostly thinking about how it will perform in America's Army versus a straight P4 3.0 GHz processor single core. It seems like it will and it will be a little bit more future proof, perhaps.

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    Re: Which mobo/vid card to go with...

    Thanks viking33. I'll take a look. I've noticed from newegg's site that I can get dual core Intel CPU's at faster speeds than AMD for less money. I don't know how to insert hyperlinks in this forum, but if you'll copy and paste these two links you'll see what I mean:

    Intel - Newegg.com - Once You Know, You Newegg
    AMD - Newegg.com - Once You Know, You Newegg

    The AMD's have lower clock speeds than the Intels and cost more, but I know that a lot of people prefer AMD processors. I'm not sure which way to go???

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    Re: Which mobo/vid card to go with...

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