I'm buying a new system for myself (for HL2 and other games :)). It will be in the medium-to-high end range. I bought a eVGA 5600 Ultra card because it was on sale. Now I'm having second thoughts. I planned on buying a Athlon64 (teehee!) but I may not now due to the enormous cost (:(). If I go lower and swipe a Barton 2500+ or 2800+ it would be much cheaper. Should I buy the Barton or get the Athlon64? If I get the Barton, I could afford a better videocard like a 9800. But I'd have to RMA the Ultra which would cost me $30 plus shipping for the restocking fee. Anybody got any suggestions? I'm just thinking that if I splurge on the Athlon64 my videocard will become a bottleneck, especially on games like HL2.
PS: Then there's the elusive third option: get an Opteron 140! I can actually afford that! It's 272 for the proc and 225 (and falling) for the motherboard. But I must use Registered RAM
Oh, yeah, and no Intel related suggestions. I don't do that There was only one catch and that was Catch-22
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