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July 24, 2004 5:15:49 PM

Time to upgrade is coming for me and I'm thinking about my new parts now. Well, I will keep most of my old parts...mobo/cpu/ram(maybe) is what will be changed.

I will build an A64 rig. Always have good succes with AMD. Intel is not an option.

I'm very satified with my Soltek motherboard. So I guess that I will go with them for my new computer. It will probably be socket 939 but maybe s754 with a faster processor since they will be cheaper than the 939 and not that much slower. Unless s939 processor get cheaper. Most likely be a nforce3 250 mobo because I will probably overclock it. I'm still not convinced about quality of new Asus mobo and I heard of a lot of trouble for the MSI k8n neo 250.

The memory I have now is 1 gigs of twinX 3200ll. I know it is enough for stock system, but if I want to overclock, then I need something faster. I saw the SHIKATRONICS SHIKAXRAM 2X512MB PC4000 DUAL CHANNEL KIT. That the first time I heard of them, but <A HREF="http://www.mbreview.com/xram4000.php" target="_new">review </A>are good for them. I can get it <A HREF="http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=12271&vpn=SX..." target="_new"> here</A> and price is good. s754 is not dual channel but s939 is. and that will give me headroom for overclocking. I dont know hom much latency will affect performance because my twinX has lower latecy (2-3-3-5, iirc) but lower speed and the pc4000 has higher latency (3-4-4-8). dont know how that affect performance.

onboard sound will be used, as today's solution are more than acceptable. As well as LAN. And I will keep my ATI AIW9600xt for video. I'm not a performance freak. I dont need the fastest thing. I dont care about PCI-x or DDR2. Will use RAID too, with at least 2x160 SATA HDD. Futureproof is not needed since I'm not futureproof myself.

Any other advice?

-Always put the blame on you first, then on the hardware !!!

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July 24, 2004 5:48:09 PM

For the memory, i would see how far your current dimms can overclock. v1.1 of 3200LL contains the legendary Winbond BH5 ICs and I would expect it to overclock quite well, given the right conditions.
July 24, 2004 6:53:50 PM

What I have is the twinx 1024 3200llpt xms 3205 v1.2...Are they still good enough?

-Always put the blame on you first, then on the hardware !!!
<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by Pat on 07/24/04 02:54 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
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July 24, 2004 8:40:57 PM

Take a look at the Chaintech VNF3-250 too for a socket 754 build. Runs great with that 9600XT and has few issues. I was shocked how fast it was with an A64-3000+. :smile:


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July 24, 2004 8:44:55 PM

it has few issues...what kind? I rather have one with not issue....

-Always put the blame on you first, then on the hardware !!!
July 25, 2004 12:37:59 AM

Improper CPU temp reporting. Fixed by latest Bios revision.

Abit IS7 - 2.8C @ 3.4 - Mushkin PC4000 (2 X 512) - Sapphire 9800Pro - TT 420 watt Pure Power
Samsung 120gb ATA-100 - Maxtor 40gb ATA - 100
Sony DRU-510A - THAT'S MORE LIKE IT!
July 25, 2004 5:49:26 PM

v1.2 contains Winbond CH5 ICs ... generally seen as inferior in overclockability to BH5. But, could test to see how far they can go and then decide if it's a good idea to get new memory.
July 25, 2004 6:12:55 PM

Ok, might try that. Maybe relaxing the timing will help.

OTH, I was checking for other motherboard that might fit my need. I get across the Epox one, but after much reading, it seems that Epox still have the bad capacitor problems with their board. how come that? I mean, this was a problem recognized and corrected by mobo makers...but why not Epox? I read about the problems <A HREF="http://forums.pcper.com/forumdisplay.php?s=9baac36ce4f3..." target="_new"> here </A>.

-Always put the blame on you first, then on the hardware !!!
July 25, 2004 7:20:27 PM

Couldn't tell ya. I haven't been closely following Epox lately. But, i can remember when a lot of folks chose the Epox 8RDA+ motherboard for the nForce2 chipset.
July 26, 2004 3:05:27 PM

From what I've read, their nforce2 board were the most affected by the bad cap.

I just had a look at the chaintec. It is only socket 754. But, they seem to be good board. Hope to see s939 boards from them soon.

-Always put the blame on you first, then on the hardware !!!
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