Realistically speaking, though, it is going to be VERY hard to find a 3200+ chip if that's the highest chip for that particular chipset. Not to mention that it's going to be VERY expensive. I was merely suggesting that by buying a 3000+ chip and taking the money saved by not buying the one 3200+ chip left on the internet stores and buying lots of RAM, the buyer would be equally happy.
Again, I'll use my system for reference. I have a socket 423-->socket 428 upgrade for my Intel D850GB motherboard. There is, supposedly, an available P4 3.0 GHz chip running at 400MHz FSB that will work for my system. Would I benefit more from upgrading my current 1GB of RDRAM to 2GB and living with a 2.7GHz P4, or keeping my current RAM quantity and emptying my bank account to buy the last 3.0GHz P4 on eBay? I'd take the former case, hands down. And at the same time I'll reassert that I've had the most dramatic increase in gameplay performance after I've upgraded my RAM and my GPU, not
Running a 1700MHz Sempron and then upgrading to a 2800 or 3000+ Athlon XP is going to be a spectacular performance increase. I'd argue that it is going to be enough to satisfy this buyer for the next 18 months to two years. Unless you (the buyer) are going to be disgruntled by having to knock the Half Life II or the Battlefield II grpahics settings down a few notches (which, by the way, you'd still have to do to some extent with the newer-tech stuff you could afford at your budget), buying an AMD Athlon XP 2800 or 3000+ and a little more RAM (let's say, an upgrade to 1.5GB) will satisfy you.
And again, I'll assert that if one shops CAREFULLY on eBay, he'll find a good, used processor. I've bought two and sold two on eBay myself. One just has to be cautious.
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Edited by fsb1284, 06 December 2005 - 02:36 PM.