View Full Version : To buy or not to buy?

28th January 2000, 10:06
Athlon 500's are pretty cheap at the moment (125.00 + VAT), I expect this is because they are effectively discontinued, but use the old .25 core. The Athlon 550 is slight ly more expensive and available with a .18 core.

Now the problem is that from the info elsewhere on the web the newer Athlons ie. .18's are not as overclockable as the older .25's.

Do I get an old 500 while I still can, which should clock to around 700mhz, or do I buy a new .18 Athlon which wont clock very high or buy neither and wait until the .18's are more clockable?

Any views on the subject.

28th January 2000, 12:26
What's your current computer config?


PIII 450@504, 256 MB RAM, 35 GB total w/ WD Experts, Abit UDMA 66 controller, CL 6x DVD, PLEXTOR 8x4x32 ATAPI CD-RW (my newest toy), G400 32 MB DH, SB Live! w/ Digital I/O, LinkSys Etherfast 10/100, DSI 56k modem, Addtronics 6896A Case w/ a crap load of fans and Dynmat noise dampening, MAG DX715T monitor.

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28th January 2000, 13:05
As you asked.......

Machine 1 (Main Machine):-

AMD K6-2 400 @ 450mzh, Iwill XA-100plus, 64Mb RAM, Quantum 5.1Gb HD, SB Live, G200, Compaq Netflex 3 NIC etc...

Machine 2 (Test Machine):-

Celeron 300 @ 450Mhz & Pentium II 450, Iwill DBD-100 dual m'board. 128Mb RAM, WD 3.2Gb HD, SB 64V, G400 DH, 3Com 3C509 etc...

Machine 3 (Server):-

Pentium II 300 (very old so not clockable!), Shite LX m'board, 64Mb RAM, Compaq Wide SCSI controller, various small IDE & SCSI HD's, Tident AGP Card (Doh!), 3Com 3C509 etc.

I work as a computer engineer hense the odd assortment of hardware!

28th January 2000, 13:53
If you want something relatively cheap and you're worried about getting a .25 micron part, have you considered an FC-PGA coppermine? You can probably o/c a 500 or 550 to 700+ without any kind of super elite cooling. Just get that Iwill slocket and a good BX board and you can avoid all the headaches of Athlon boards as well as the giant hole they burn in your pocket. http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/icons/icon2.gif