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January 18, 2004 8:03:04 PM

Hi guys. Straight to the point cause this is goin to be long J. After a work “accident” im goin to be locked in home for a few weeks. So this is the time to start rebuilding my comp, something otherwise needed cause my mobo died yesterday. Good moment then to start doin something i should have done some time ago.

Those are the components i currently have:

-A P4 1.8ghz
-2 DDR sticks PC2100
-A Radeon 9600 (no pro or xt)
-a Soundblaster 5.1
-A 230V power output.

I only have in mind to keep the processor (for the moment) and the GFX. Everything else is changeable.

First, the mobo: Ive looking around and ive seen two Asus mobos: the P4P800 Deluxe and the A7N8X Deluxe. Any reccomendations? Perhaps i should be lookin to another one in that price range?

The RAM thing now: As you see, i have currently 2 256DDR PC2100. Is it worth changin em for some PC400 or PC333 sticks? Should i keep the ol PC2100? Maybe buy another 512MB PC2100?

The power output: will the 230V be enough for the new comp? Should i buy a new one? If so...how much power do i need?

This is what i think it may be basic for it. But ive been thinking in a new case too and maybe a new cooler for the processor. What do you think? Worth?

I highly need your opinions here. Cheers and thanks in advance guys.

PS: Sorry for any grammar mistake i made, as english isnt my home language. Thx!! :) 

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a b V Motherboard
January 18, 2004 10:04:34 PM

LOL, OK, first of all, the A7N8X-anything won't fit your CPU, it's for AMD processors.

The P4P800 Deluxe would, but I'd suggest you save some money and use the Abit IS7 ($92 at newegg.com). Of course that's up to you.

Your current processor could be Socket 423 or Socket 478. I'm assuming it's Socket 478.

If it's a Northwood core (512k cache) it can be overclocked to 2.4GHz simply by increasing the bus speed to 133MHz (533MHz data rate using QDR). Now, your PC2100 would be a good match for a processor using the "533" bus, if you put your RAM in dual channel mode. And the P4P800's and IS7's support dual channel mode.

So wrapping it up, you could keep your RAM and buy a new board. As long as your processor is Socket 478 it will fit that new board. And if it's a Northwood core version (512k cache), you can overclock it to 133MHz bus (533MHz data rate) where it would be perfectly matched to your PC2100 in dual channel. Best of all, this settup would require less than $100 in new equipement.

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January 19, 2004 5:05:44 AM

You say your psu is 230 v, but that just says you are not north american, sorry no newegg for you. How many watts is it. If it's 350 watts it's fine ,even a good one at 300 may be ok, however, did it help kill your mobo? If in doubt, buy a new one. The enermax 365 is not too expensive and should do you fine.
January 19, 2004 11:30:16 AM

Ty Crashman....told u i needed help =).

Your idea sounds brill....but....how im supposed to know if its a northwoodcore? Cant it be OCed if its not?. TY
January 19, 2004 11:33:25 AM

Yeh soz...i messed it a bit =). Its 300W so im asumming its enough. Right? And nope it wasnt outputs fault...hmmm...better blame it on myself.
Im from Spain btw. Ty too endyen =).

Cheers guys.
a b V Motherboard
January 19, 2004 4:08:10 PM

Download <A HREF="http://www.cpuid.com/download/cpu-z-120a.zip" target="_new">This Utility</A> and if it says 512k L2 cache, you have a Northwood core, good for overclocking.

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January 19, 2004 10:15:39 PM

Thats a cool littlet utility, tells me exactly how crappy my computer is :) 

My Rig:
AthlonXP 2000+ 1.677ghz
GeForce Verto FX5200 128mb DDR
Maxtor 7200RPM 80GB, Stock 40gb
Kingston 384MB DDR
Cendyne 52x24x52 CD-RW
Lite-On 4x DVD-RW
Go EMachines...:( 
January 19, 2004 11:56:44 PM

Is your rig an e-machine? Thats one funky e-machine.

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