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October 21, 2003 4:39:01 PM

Post deleted by anatak
October 21, 2003 6:27:31 PM

Are you going to replace Ram and Mobo? Or just Cpu?
October 21, 2003 6:36:08 PM

only the cpu
I m holding of a major upgrade for Doom 3 or halflife2 (whenever they get released)
so only cpu and cooler will be upgraded
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October 21, 2003 6:57:02 PM

You are going to be extremely limited as to what CPU you can upgrade to. That board only supports a 100MHz FSB.

The first question you're probably asking is how the GA-7DXC is based on the 760 chipset yet doesn't support all its features. The answer revolves around the 760 chipset and an oversight by Gigabyte. Due to insufficient filtering, noise from the 761 North Bridge can generate a clock glitch into the CPU, causing the system to hang. At 200MHz the GA-7DXC runs fine, but at 266MHz the GA-7DXC needs an external circuit to filter out the additional noise. This circuit is provided in the GA-7DX (the follow-up to the GA-7DXC), but not in the GA-7DXC.

<A HREF="" target="_new">-FiringSquad Review</A>.
Q. Can GA-7DXC support the AMD Athlon 1.2G with FSB266 Mhz and DDR 266 PC2100?
A. GA-7DXC supports only 200FSB and DDR 200. If you want a MB supporting 266FSB and DDR 266, please refer to our another MB: GA-7DX.

<A HREF="" target="_new">-Gigabyte FAQ</A>.

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October 21, 2003 7:00:15 PM

on my mobo it says that fsb 200 mhz and ddr200 is supported
or maybe this is the 100 mhz * 2?

so I have to search an athlon with 100 mhz fsb
hmm this is going to be hard
<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by anatak on 10/21/03 03:01 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
October 21, 2003 7:13:44 PM

Correct. Double Data Rate = * 2.

Here's 3 options that I would consider.
1. Get a 100MHzFSB 1300MHz Duron. This wouldn't give a tangible performance increase, IMO.
2. Get an Athlon XP with a high multiplier. For example, the 2400+. You could run this CPU at 1500MHz; and it's an AXP, which is quite a bit better than the Duron. You could even try overclocking the BUS to 133MHz, you might get lucky. Some might see this as a waste of a CPU though - paying for the 2400+ and crippling it with a slow bus speed and low MHz.
3. Get a new motherboard, CPU, and possibly memory :smile: .

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October 21, 2003 7:19:47 PM

haha nice try to lure me into a complete upgrade
because I know I will want to upgrade my gfx card as well when I have a new mobo, cpu and memory
bwa I ll stick with my duron 900 until valve or ID releases their next game (patience is the virtue of every IT worker)
October 21, 2003 7:24:06 PM

Sound advice.. If your computer is running everything you want it to at the moment, there's no need to upgrade.

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October 21, 2003 10:35:21 PM

AMD Thunderbird core Athlons were available up to 14x100 (1400MHz). That would be a SWEET upgrade, but some boards don't support the 14x multiplier. As far as I know they all support at least a 12.5x multiplier, and there was an Athlon 1200 at 12x100 which would give you a tangible increase in performance, should the 1400 not be an option.

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October 21, 2003 11:00:56 PM

I'm with crash on this one; a 1400 Tbird would be a nice intermediate upgrade, and you should be able to pick one from ebay for close to nothing. but then again, if you arent craving for speed, may just as well wait, as a Tbird really won't cut it for Doom3 or HL2 either, so it will be wasted money (even if only a few bucks) if you don't need the power until those games ship.

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October 22, 2003 2:35:42 AM

Your holding off for Major upgrade in 6 months why bother?
October 22, 2003 5:48:43 AM

because I m playing Halo at the moment with a lousy framerate and minimum settings so a Tbird 1400 would be ideal but then again maybe my mobo does not have a clock multiplier high enough (investigating) and I have to find the 1400 100Mhz also.
What would happen if I plug in a Tbird 1400 in a mobo with clock multiplier of 12? will it run at 1200 or will it run not at all?
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October 22, 2003 8:09:31 AM

>What would happen if I plug in a Tbird 1400 in a mobo with
>clock multiplier of 12

It will run at 1200. I even think if your MB handles 12.5x, tbird will interprete that as 14x but I could be wrong (long time ago). Either way, don't expect a Tbird to run Halo smoothly, my XP 2500+ and GF4 have a hard enough time running everything >30 FPS.

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October 22, 2003 10:34:19 AM

ok thx
this means that the upgrade path is now closed till Doom3 / Halflife 2 (wich gets released first in the next decenium)