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upgrade suggestions please

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July 30, 2003 12:13:33 AM

I currently have the following:

XP1800+ (stock hsf w/ artic silver)
** Palamino not unlocked **
MSI KT7 (KT266) NOT KT266A no ata133 no raid no nothing
512mb DDR 2100
VisionTek GF4 4600 (w/ aftermarket copper hsf)
HP A4033A 21" monitor
Antec 400watt PS
Seagate 40gb 7200 rpm HDD (inside of Antec HDD Cooler)
SB Live 5.1
Linksys TX ethernet card
Panasonic cable modem
Windows 2K Professional
Altec Lansing 221 speakers
Sennheiser HD-500 headphones
Antec SX830 mid tower
2 front 80mm intake fans
2 rear 80mm exhaust fans
(I added 92mm intake fan on side panel over video card)
(planning on putting 120mm exhaust on top)
Plexowriter 24/10/40a
Benq CD/DVD player
crap floppy drive (will be dumping that waste of space)

I guess I'm looking for suggestions for a new MB.
I obviously dont need onboard graphics
Would like onboard sound that would be equal or better than SB Live (no card to screw air flow)
Maybe XP2500 if i can scrape up the dough.
1gb of ram for new MB (nothing real expensive)

I do alot of online gaming, web surfing, some office type work and like to screw around with PaintShop Pro 7.
My experience with motherboards is as follows:
My first build was Asus A7V133a w/ 900 T-Bird
Second was Abit KT7A (KT133a) w/ 1.4 T-Bird
My current was kinda a freebie, got the MB and CPU from the
AMD giveaway in Boston. 2 years ago?

Suggestions to upgrade appreciated

Thanks



<font color=red>Sumadin</font color=red>


<font color=blue>"A mind is a terrible thing"</font color=blue><P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by sumadin on 07/29/03 08:43 PM.</EM></FONT></P>

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July 30, 2003 12:22:18 AM

that system is not too bad...i would say get an nf-7 or an 8rda+ a good heatsink and fan and overclock your 1800...that is only if it is tbred b...if not get a barton 2500 and clock that

I personally dont think you need a new graphics card but a radeon 9700, 9700pro or 9800 would help in the games...

3 386DX-25's...12 volts...glue and some ln2 and a wicked amount of overclocking and you get a willamantee minus 36 pins, 33.75 million transistors and a couple hundred mhz... :cool:
July 30, 2003 2:05:40 AM

I would go with the Abit NF7-S board. It's a great overclocker and has Nvidia's Soundstorm which gives you 5.1 Dolby Digital. For a chip get the Barton 2500+ and pair it with a Thermalright SLK-800A and Thermaltake Smartfan II if you want to overclock. I use Corsair XMS PC3200 (2*512) in my machine and love it. Good Luck.
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