I have ordered the following items for my new computer:
Athlon XP 2700+ EOM
MSI K7N2-L MB
PowerColor ATI Radeon 9700 Pro
2x 512MB PC-3200 400 MHZ DDR (generic)
80GB Maxtor UTA 133 HD
CoolMaster HHC-001 Cooler
ALLIED 450 Watt PS
(Other needed non-relevant to this post items like DvD, Burner, Case, etc)
I am building a gaming machine and I have the following questions:
What are the chances that the generic DDR400 memory I got (CAS/CL 2.5) will work as CAS/CL 2 at DDR333 in dual channel mode?
Also I am having second doubts about my CPU. Since its a gaming machine and I am planning to OC it, maybe I should have gotten a T-Bred B core Athlon XP 1700+ and pushed that to the max? The difference between the two is close to $220 and it seems that OCed 1700+ can be as fast as regular 2700+ esp with a good cooler setup (I think I got a decent one).
If T-BRed B XP 1700+ is a good choice do you think it be possible to OC FSB to 166 easily? That was my main reason for choosing XP 2700+.
Generic memory...will doubtfully run on strict memory settings at a 333Mhz bus. I would spend the extra money to upgrade to Pc3200 Corsair XMS memory, highly stable, good and timings, overclocks well, and looks pretty damn cool too. Try and return the 2700+ oem if you can, and get a 1700+ retail, you'll get the warranty, and they overclock <b>very</b> well. Also, if you are overclocking, your power supply may or may not be able to hold out...possibly though.
If you're definately overclocking, then I have to reccomend you get the 1700+ Tbred B, upgrade your mem to Corsair XMS or Kinston HyperX, and get a better power supply. Your cooler is pretty good (heatpipes, right?), although a little loud for my taste. Yes, the 1700+ easily overclocks to 166Mhz bus, as well as 183Mhz, and 200Mhz bus for mine as well ^__^ good luck dude
Instead of Rdram, why not just merge 4 Sdram channels...
Try newegg for the 1700 tbred-B. Chances are you'll get a B series now. It looks like most people have been if you check the customer reviews linked to the processor. I'm running a 1700 tbred-A on an epox 8rda+ with an fsb of 180, mulitplier of 9 just for reference.
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Another thing is run powerstrip on your radeon. I was going to buy one but was worried about why it was $50 cheaper than some others. I've read that the powercolor isn't a pro, but a "lite-pro".
the timings should be 325/310 and the powercolor is around 297/263
found the link http://forums.anandtech.com/messageview.cfm?catid=31&th...
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