Solved

DDR motherboard or not?

Posted on 2001-06-14
4
504 Views
Last Modified: 2013-11-10
Hello!

I would like to upgrade my pc (pII 400 on abit board). I plan to play the latest games as they come out, especially Unreal 2 which I hear very demanding for the pc. I use the pc for games and the net mainly. I have a Riva tnt2 so am happy enough with my graphics card for now.

I would like to know if my choices of motherboard and processor are ok and if you think it would be a good idea for me to upgrade anyway.
I have so far settled on :-
Asus Cuv266 motherboard which uses DDR ram and a pentium 3 933.
Is this dual data rate desirable or just a waste of money? Will I see much performance difference?


Your opinion will be gratefully recieved, thanks
0
Comment
Question by:catelee2u
  • 2
4 Comments
 
LVL 16

Accepted Solution

by:
Kyle Schroeder earned 50 total points
ID: 6191712
Here are a couple of articles from AnandTech.  The first specifically addresses your choice board, the second is a analysis of DDR and the Pentium 3.

http://www.anandtech.com/showdoc.html?i=1457
http://www.anandtech.com/showdoc.html?i=1402

From most of what I've seen, DDR doesn't make a huge difference at this point...at least not if you have existing non-DDR memory.  The bigger factor in system performance is having *enough* memory for what you're doing...with RAM as cheap as it is, if I was building a high-end system, go with at least 256, and maybe 384.  The problem you will run into with that TNT2 is that it can't keep up with a new, faster CPU and memory.  Check out a GeForce2 MX 400 based card, ~$120 or less and MUCH better performance than a TNT2.

I'm sure plenty of opinions will pop up from other Experts.

-d
0
 
LVL 13

Expert Comment

by:magarity
ID: 6192121
You will definitely not be happy with a TNT2 when playing Unreal2.

Keep your current CPU / motherboard and get this video card:

http://www.elsa.com/international/europe/produkte/grafikkarten/gladiac920.htm

They start at $358 mailorder.  Upgrade CPU later, IMHO.
0
 

Author Comment

by:catelee2u
ID: 6192670
After some searching I had come to the same conclusion. Still tempted by an upgrade though! Was impressed with the articles found which were very helpful. Thanks.
0
 
LVL 16

Expert Comment

by:Kyle Schroeder
ID: 6193062
Glad to have helped!
0

Featured Post

The Eight Noble Truths of Backup and Recovery

How can IT departments tackle the challenges of a Big Data world? This white paper provides a roadmap to success and helps companies ensure that all their data is safe and secure, no matter if it resides on-premise with physical or virtual machines or in the cloud.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

As cyber crime continues to grow in both numbers and sophistication, a troubling trend of optimization has emerged over the last year.
Email security requires an ever evolving service that stays up to date with counter-evolving threats. The Email Laundry perform Research and Development to ensure their email security service evolves faster than cyber criminals. We apply our Threat…

790 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question