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P4C800 or MSI + Memory Setup

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May 20, 2003 11:03:47 PM

Hi guys, first time poster, long time computer geek.

I know the 3.2Mhz CPUs are coming out next month, but I'm not to keen on spending $600 for one when I can grab a 3.0 for $450 now. So I'm looking at upgrading my CPU to the P4 3.0 800MHZ and one of the following mobo:

ASUS P4C800 or the MSI i875P (unless there is a better mobo I've missed). I'm looking for opinions from people on these two boards. I've read Tom's review and other sites reviews and still can't really make a solid decision. I am however leaning towards the ASUS board.

Once a mobo has been picked I'm looking at getting 2x512 of Corsair 3500 memory <A HREF="http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduct.asp?description=2..." target="_new">http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduct.asp?description=2...;/A> - By having two of these will it enable the dual channel feature?

Thanks in advance for any input you guys have to offer.

-PharCyde
May 22, 2003 12:12:05 PM

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ASUS P4C800 or the MSI i875P (unless there is a better mobo I've missed). I'm looking for opinions from people on these two boards. I've read Tom's review and other sites reviews and still can't really make a solid decision. I am however leaning towards the ASUS board.

The reviews in <A HREF="http://forumz.tomshardware.com/hardware/modules.php?nam..." target="_new">this thread</A> may help you in your decision.

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Once a mobo has been picked I'm looking at getting 2x512 of Corsair 3500 memory http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduct.asp?description=2... - By having two of these will it enable the dual channel feature?

Yes, dual channel will be enabled. The manual should explain which memory slots to place them memory modules in.
May 22, 2003 1:00:04 PM

Hey PharCyde,
I was in the same situation a few weeks ago ... Prof's link is a good one and be sure to check out all those reviews.

Also, in my top 3 boards - I had the MSI, ASUS and ABIT. MSI was my frontrunner ... however, I ended up going with the ABIT IC7-G. So far so good ... I really like it. At this point - and I'm not doing any OC'ing at this time but want to later - the only issue that I have seen is with my temps (specifically the cpu temp) and it running a little warm. However, most people say that ABIT runs hot anyway and "don't worry about it". Also, when touching the heatsink etc... it's not warm at all. So, I think the temps could be reading at a higher level but really aren't that bad. I don't know for sure though...

if I were you, I'd check out the ABIT IC7-G as well... it's nice.

On the memory, I bought the SAME memory ... and I'm happy with it.

My machine seems very fast - here's a glimpse ...
IC7-G, P4 2.8ghz 800fsb, stock heatsink/fan, 2x120gb Seagate SATA RAID0, Radeon 9800 Pro, 2x512mb Corsair PC3500C2, Coolermaster ATC201B-STX, Vantec 520W PS, Audigy2 .......etc.......

Try to read the following threads on THG as well... they helped me
<A HREF="http://forumz.tomshardware.com/hardware/modules.php?nam..." target="_new">Tom's 875P Comparison</A>
<A HREF="http://forumz.tomshardware.com/hardware/modules.php?nam..." target="_new">best 875p mobo</A>
<A HREF="http://forumz.tomshardware.com/hardware/modules.php?nam..." target="_new">875P Intel Hell</A>
<A HREF="http://forumz.tomshardware.com/hardware/modules.php?nam..." target="_new">875P Dream Machine</A>

Anyway... all of this plus other reviews helped me tremendously. I don't have anything else to compare mine to but I like it and I don't care about brand too much since I never build these things - this was 2nd machine to build.

HTH. -ot
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