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?
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.
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?