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Dilemma with A7N8X & CPU

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April 28, 2003 9:09:10 PM

Here it is guys! Sold old system for $400. Thought I could build the Wife a machine cheap, but the upgrade fever set in.

Current system =
A7V8X with everything
XP 2400 + @ 266 FSB T-Bread B
Kingston Hyper X DDR 333 PC2700 = 2 X 256
WD 80 gig JB 8 mg cashe
PNY Geforce 4 TI4600

Going to enhance system & hold over the used parts for Wife. Enhanced parts =
A7N8X Deluxe
Kingston Hyper X DDR 400 PC3200 = 2 X 256
Cpu ?????????

Here's my dilemma. I want to go to 333 FSB (166 X 2) CPU. My gut tells me to get the XP2500 Barton 1.8 gig @ $131. But it's actually slower then the 2400 I'm running now @ 2 gig. What should I do? I've read the benches & the 2500 beats the 2400 in some things.

I'm going to shelve the A7V8X, the 2400 & the Kingston Hyper X DDR 333 PC2700 = 2 X 256 until I get the rest of the cash to finish up the Wife's machine. LOL. I haven't spent the entire $400 either so any ideas?

If it ain't broke, take it apart & see why not!

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April 28, 2003 10:33:18 PM

Buy her some flowers and a cheap XP chip for that board.

For yourself, get an NForce2 based board - one of the newer revisions that supports 200FSB officially and you'll be able to crank up the FSB on your XP2400. Also you should be able to clock it up a couple of hundred mhz - running 2200Mhz @ 200(400)FSB will put you ahead of any current stock speed Barton chip.

You'll want to match it up with some fast PC3200/3500 memory though so easy does it on the flowers.

<b>Vorsprung durch Dontwerk</b>.....<i>as they say at VIA</i>
April 29, 2003 2:14:42 AM

Why run 2 sticks of DDR RAM on KT400? KT400 is only single channel DDR enable, I thought 2 sticks of HyperX is more expensive than single sticks. Barton 2500+ is better than 2400+, and when you get it o/c it can outperform an non-o/c 2600+(I believe you would anyway).

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April 29, 2003 2:45:16 AM

Also if you look at a review for the A7N8X in toms hardware it actually shows better performance using ddr 333. So I would check out that article. I just don't remember the link, so sorry sue me!!
April 29, 2003 9:07:13 AM

Yea the KT400 does nothing for the RAM I have other than run it good. I got a deal on the RAM a couple of weeks ago so I bought it to get ready for the dual DDR on the Nforce. I was running a single 512 stick of Samsung before I got the Hyper X.

If it ain't broke, take it apart & see why not!
April 29, 2003 9:16:34 AM

Yea, I did read that article & did see that 333 did actually out run the 400 in a lot of things. I noticed that for sure. The reason I'm getting the 400 is to be ready to run in Sync. on a 200 FSB CPU when they come out. I can run either RAM on either board this way. I'm making sure that I get the A7N8X ver 2.0 so that the 200 FSB is already supported on the board.

If it ain't broke, take it apart & see why not!
April 29, 2003 9:31:43 AM

I haven't OCed , yet. I'm getting ready to though. That's the reason I'm even messing with changing things out so soon after the build. I do plan on running the RAM at the most aggressive settings on the Nforce. I've built several of them of customers but they didn't have the Hyper X in them. So the aggressive timings on the board would cause you to crash in games after awhile. So I had to back off on the timings on those machines. I don't plan on doing it with this set up. I still can't decide on the CPU though, other than I want a 333 FSB CPU.

If it ain't broke, take it apart & see why not!