what do you think?

any advise on this system that i am about to buy, possible improvements to make?

Component Specification

Motherboard ASUS A7N8X Deluxe
Heatsink Coolmaster HHC-L61
Processor AMD 2400+
RAM 2 X 512 2700 DDRCrucial CT6464Z335
Hard Drive 80 GB WD 8mb buffer
Monitor 19' Hansol 920P
DVD Drive Liteon
CD-RW Liteon 48X
Floppy Drive Mitsumi
Case & Powersupply Antec 1080AMG
Graphics Card Crucial ATI Radeon 9700PRO
Case Fan 2 X Coolmaster Case Fan
Keyboard Microsoft Natural Media
Mouse Microsoft Intellimouse 1.1 (Optical)
just a few questions:
is it worth upgrading the memeory to 3200?
should i change the heatsink?

Cheers
Chris
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More about what think
  1. Unless your going to OC the retail HSF is enough.

    If your going to do PhotoShop & things like that. They benefit greatly with the extra FSB & cashe of the XP2500 333 FSB. Last I looked they are $20 difference in price. Well spent $20 in my opinion.

    I just switched out a 2400 266 FSB & installed the 2500 333 FSB Sat. I also switched out the Hyper X 2700 & put in Hyper X 3200. Changed the MOBO from A7V8X to A7N8X Deluxe. I gained 1730 3Dmarks. So yea there is some reason to run 3200 & other things.

    Honey, what's that smell? Don't bother me now I'm working on my computer! OOPS!
  2. * If you choose the A7n8x deluxe, try to get the latest version (version 2.0). Some vendors say which version they have in stock: <A HREF="http://www.excaliberpc.com/product_info.php?products_id=1556" target="_new">ExcaliberPC</A> in the US and <A HREF="http://www.komplett.co.uk/k/ki.asp?action=info&p=28635&t=&l=&AvdID=1&CatID=10&GrpID=&s=sr" target="_new">Komplett</A> in the UK, for example. Personally, I would choose Abit NF7-S version 2.0 for the motherboard based on the feedback i've seen on it across the various online forums I visit.

    * Depending on where you live, you may be able to get <A HREF="http://www.komplett.co.uk/k/ki.asp?action=info&p=30894&t=&l=&AvdID=1&CatID=&GrpID=&s=sr" target="_new">TwinMos PC3200 Memory with Winbond CH-5 chips</A> for not that much more than the said Crucial memory. I would go that route. The memory would be excellent for any possible overclocking or a bit better use with a future motherboard.

    * I'm not too familiar with HHC-L61. But, <A HREF="http://www.reviewmakers.com/showdoc.php?review=37&pg=1" target="_new">here</A> is a review.
  3. HSF, make it a MCX 462 or a thermalright SLK800/900, these are expensive but the best (or a Volcano 11 if on a budget)

    Memory, good quality PC3200 rather than PC2700

    Board, Asus Nforce2ultra (but the new VIA KT600 looks quite impressive from early reviews)

    CDRW, 52x52x32x can ge tgot for about £50 (dunno wot in dollars)
    PSU at least 400W
    HDD, 120GB version shouldnt be much more expensive...

    but hey this is me, you like it, you buy it...

    Hmmm, wonder if I can get a valid page fault ???
    these invalid ones are far too commonplace...
  4. Buy MSI K7N2 Delta-ILSR instead of ASUS A7N8X Deluxe. It's the fastest nForce2 mobo and officilly supports 400 MHz FSB

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