Help needed on buying a new PC

For the last three years I have been an AMD fan. I built my first AMD system three years ago and in fact, I am still using the same old Athlon Slot A CPU @ 700MHz on Asus K7V m/b and 256MB PC133 SDRAM (yes, there are actually people still using classic Athlon CPUs :) The reason for this as you can all understand was of course a tight budget. Times have changed and during the last few months I was thinking to upgrade, but because my system still satisfies my needs I tried to delay the upgrade as much as I could, in order to build a 'better' system. So I decided to wait until the Barton releases, and then build a super-system with maybe an Asus A7N8X Deluxe m/b, of course .. Barton, Corsair PC3200 XMS memory, ATI Radeon 9700 Pro and so on ...!

Unfortunatelly, like most of you I was disappointed by Barton. On the other hand, I can't keep postponing the upgrade since my system seems to have serious problems keeping up anymore. That's why I am looking towards building a low-cost system right now, until Hammer is released (and then spend the big bucks :) I looked at another post and found some suggestions for ECS K7S5A, AMD Athlon XP 1700+/266 FSB, CRUCIAL 256MB PC2100 DDR. What I am thinking is if I choose this mobo, then future CPU upgrades will be limited only to Athlon XP 2400+ so I would prefer something that supports a 333MHz FSB (this must really be a system that can keep up until Hammer is out and widely available, so I feel it's not right to limit my upgrade options only to 2400+, sure 1700+ is ok for now but who knows what can happen in the next few months). Having in mind that I am an Asus fan (despite the extra cost) I thought of choosing Asus VIA A7V333 instead of ECS. What's your suggestions for a low cost mobo that offers 333MHz FSB support?

Any thoughts and suggestions are welcome.
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  1. I would get the A7N8X Deluxe now and drop in a 1700+ XP. Get Corsair 3500 or 3200. Then you only have to upgrade your CPU later. You avoid wasting money on a cheap board and memory that you won't use very long. Unless you just wanted to have a cheap computer and then build a brand new one later. But there may be nicer mobos out later. Hmmmm lots choices.

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  2. As far as I kow the Sis745 chipset supports 333FSB, in which case that would be an extremely good choice of chipset. I would choose the MSI 745 Ultra which is cheap and still fast + also very stable.

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  3. I have a 1800/a7n8x deluxe and I love it so far. You might want to get pc2700 from corsair or a other good company.
  4. How about getting a Barton XP2500+ (cheaper) and then overclocking it? You are sure to get XP3000+ speeds or better

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  5. SiS 745 does NOT suport 333 MHz FSB, it has no 1/5 PCI Bus divider

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  6. Get a nForce2 mobo. This is the most future-proof socket A chipset.

    My reommendations for you:-

    Athlon XP 1700+
    MSI K7N2-L / Epox 8RDA
    1 x 256 MB Kingston PC2700 CL2.5 DDR

    Kingston DDR's are good and cheap. PC2700 is better for 333 MHz FSB. Later you can switch to AXP 2800+. Dual will give best performance with 333 MHz FSB, but single channel is OK for now

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