I have a budget system in the works, and I plan on getting this cpu:
if you look closely, it has 512 L2 cache. My friend got an amd64 3200+ when they had just barely came out, and it had 1mb L2 cache.
I just want to know, what is the difference? is this going to have serious performance hits in comparison?
I know the one i'm looking at will perform supurb in games, especially for the price I will pay, but having half the cache is leaving me very puzzled.
And also, I plan on getting this motherboard:
if you look at it, you will find something very unusal.. it supports BOTH agp AND PCI-E.
I have read some very mixed reviews about this mother board.
I plan to use my GeForceFX5500 in this mother board until i save up enough to buy a high-end PCI-E video card.
What concerns me is, i've read that ATI cards don't work at all, and FX cards will only run in 4x agp mode on this motherboard. that and this motherboard is picky about what video card it uses.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. This will be my first system, although not the first one i've built.