I need some objective feedback on the following situation. Opinions are welcome (AMD vs. Intel, etc...) but I need some feedback from you hardcore techies on how to proceed. Thanks in advance.
...do I use the 30-day return and go back to my old setup?...
Ok, I made an impulse purchase based on what appears to be mis-information (or lack of real knowledge) on the part of the sales guy. I guess *I* should have know what I was getting, but I had a lapse in judgment and trusted an unknown sales associate. I know many that I do trust... anyway, here's my story.
I have been having some minor issues with my current setup as I put more and more resource hungry apps (Battlefield 2 for one) on my machine. It won't run so first I upgrade my display adapter to an ATi Radeon 9250 256MB. Install goes fine, but game performance is choppy at best and will lock for about 3 seconds every time I pull the trigger. So I get to thinking... maybe its time to update the processor. I (have) had the Asus P4T with a P4 1.7GHz cpu and 1 gig of Rambus.
So I'm at the electronics super store, and I'm looking for a mobo that will allow me to update my cpu and still allow me to use my (already paid for) 1 gb of rambus. No Luck. It's almost all DDR now so I'm shown a couple of mobo/cpu combos and am told this will be a *great* improvement over my current setup. It's a Gigabyte GA-K8NS mobo with an AMD Sempron 2800+ cpu. And I buy the necessary 512MB of PC3200 DDR ram. It wasn't until I got home that I realized that 2800+ worked out to be 1.61Ghz - less! that what I already had.
Asus P4T mobo
P4 1.7GHz cpu
1 gig of Rambus
Gigabyte GA-K8NS mobo
AMD Sempron 2800+ (1.61 GHz) cpu
512MB of PC3200 DDR ram
My system performance in general appears to be slower with the new setup,
Obviously 1gb is better than 512, but I am told that DDR processes faster than Rambus. And since it's pretty cheap I will be buying another stick soon to bring it up to 1gb
So, do I use the 30-day return and go back to my old setup (and use that $$$ to buy the P4 2.4 GHz cpu) Or do I stick with the current setup and upgrade the cpu/ram as I am able to. One plus about the Gigabyte mobo is that it is 64-bit capable, So somewhere down the road I can upgrade to that.
I have about $200 invested in this new setup, and returning to my old setup and replacing the cpu with a 2.4 GHz will only cost me about $150.
Decisions, decisions... Thanks for your input.