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Thinking about an Abit AV8

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August 1, 2005 12:33:25 PM

The pump on my watercooling kit failed a while ago and my P4C got up to 100degrees centigrade but the computer shut down. This seems to have screwed something (im assuming the motherboard) and now the computer wont even get into windows.

Ive decided this is a good excuse to upgrade but am going uni in a few months so cant spend much money. I have found a B grade Abit AV8 3rd eye motherboard for £52 and I can get a Athlon 3000+ for £90. My questions are:

A) Is the AV8 a fairly good motherboard? I know its got a VIA chipset, and their reputation isnt great. (I have a brand new AGP 6800 so cant get an Nforce4 MB).
B) How well will a venice core 3000+ (socket 939) overclock.
C) I know the older 64's were a little picky about memory configurations...will I have any probs using 4 sticks of geil ultra in this computer?

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August 1, 2005 2:03:05 PM

I just bought the Ax8 Motherboard(not the third-eye) and it runs very good so far. i tink the only difference between the av8 and the ax8 is the PCIe.

The one thing I like most about it, is that you can OC your computer through windows. It also lets you monitor fan speeds and temperatures.

As for the memory configurations I cant help you much. I run only 2 dimms (2x512.

My PC:
Abit AX8 Socket 939 VIA K8T890
AMD Athlon 64 3200 Winchester
Sapphire Radeon X700 Pro 256 Mb PCIe
WD Raptor 37 Gb SATA
Corsair 2x512 PC3200 DDR Dual-Channel Platnium Edition<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by Bob369 on 08/01/05 10:05 AM.</EM></FONT></P>
August 1, 2005 3:36:52 PM

The Venice core has an improved memory controller so i think you should be able to run 4 sticks of ram.
That Venice 3000+ overclocks to about 2.6ghz pretty easily and you may push it higher.
Abit make very good boards, though many people here recommend the DFI Lanparty.
Keep in mind that you'll need to upgrade the bios for support of the newer Athlon 64 cores.
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August 1, 2005 4:51:20 PM

my abit mobo came with a 64 bit processor driver

My PC:
Abit AX8 Socket 939 VIA K8T890
AMD Athlon 64 3200 Winchester
Sapphire Radeon X700 Pro 256 Mb PCIe
WD Raptor 37 Gb SATA
Corsair 2x512 PC3200 DDR Dual-Channel Platnium Edition
August 1, 2005 5:41:58 PM

I meant a bios software upgrade for the Venice and San Diego cores.
August 2, 2005 12:19:54 AM

I have had good experiences with abit so I would like to stay with them. The only thing Im worried about is the the VIA chipset might be unreliable?
How do I flash a motherboards BIOS if it doesnt recognise the CPU? Surely the computer would not boot if it didnt recognise the CPU?
August 2, 2005 10:43:03 AM

Hmmmmm, had'nt thought of that. Will the nforce3 be better than the VIA though? Dont have any experience with epox boards, are they any good? What kinda overclocking options do they provide?
August 2, 2005 9:38:08 PM

Will have to see what my budget will stretch too, Im already pushing it and the epox board is a good £20 more expensive than the abit one I was looking at.

Does no1 have any experience with the AV8 3rd eye at all?
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