Computer Upgrade - Advice?

Hey Guys,

I couldnt find a general forum so I posted this in here, hope you dont mind.

I am going to be updating my computer within the next week or so and need some advice and answer to some questions I have. First of all these is the specs on the computer I own at the moment:

- CPU Type = Intel Pentium 4A, 2200 MHz (5.5 x 400)
- Motherboard Name = Intel Havre D845HV (3 PCI, 1 AGP, 3 DIMM, Audio)
- Motherboard Chipset = Intel Brookdale i845
- System Memory = 512 MB (SDRAM)
- Disk Drive = Maxtor 4D080H4 (80 GB, 5400RPM Ultra-ATA/100)
- Graphics Card = NVIDIA GeForce2 Ti (64 MB)

Thats what I have at the moment, and this is what I am thinking of upgrading too:

AMD Athlon 64 3400 (Socket 754) - Retail (CP-071-AM)

Leadtek nForce2 Ultra400 (K7NCR18D Pro II) Limited Edition (MB-001-LT)

Kingston HyperX 1GB (2x512MB) DDR PC3200 ( KHX3200K2/1G) CAS2.0 Dual Channel Kit (MY-012-KS)

Sapphire ATI Radeon 9800 Pro 128MB DDR TV-Out/DVI - Retail (GX-017-SP)

Samsung SP1614N 160GB 8MB Cache - OEM (HD-009-SA)

Now I was thinking of doing some overclocking on both the video card and the CPU (if possible). What cooling systems would you recommend? (if any) Also, will I need to buy a new power supply, maybe a 400w?

Actually, could you tell me if I need to buy anything else to make this new hardware work fullstop?

Another thing I was wondering is when I reformat my hardrive, should I stick to NTFS?

If I think of anything else I will let you know. Thanks a lot guys.
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  1. Try getting the athlon 64 3000 instead. It is alot cheaper. Also A64 MB don't use dual channel ram, you don't need to pay extra $$ for dual channel kit. Unless you want to reuse that kit later. Otherwise maybe if you want to upgrade to full 3 GB later, consider getting 1 stick of 1 GB of 3200 RAM if you want.
  2. Quote:
    AMD Athlon 64 3400 (Socket 754) - Retail (CP-071-AM)

    Leadtek nForce2 Ultra400 (K7NCR18D Pro II) Limited Edition (MB-001-LT)

    Will need Socket 754 motherboard for this processor.
  3. nForce2 doesn't work with the Athlon64. The current to rated chipset for A64 is the SiS 755, but the only board I know of using it at the moment is the ECS 755-A, and I have no information on that board.

    The top rated BOARD right now is the K8USA using an ALi chipset, according to test by

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  4. your probleme with your computer is your are using SDRAM memory what you need is.

    Just with this new mothersboard and a new stick of ram your computer will be 30% for about 120$.That still a good cpu it bad to lose because others component are totally out of date.

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  5. Actually his chip is a 100 fsb part. It is the worst part of his system, except maybe the intel mobo. The only thing he should keep is the "intel inside" sticker, cause some smuck will buy that.
  6. The 845 chipset should support a 533fsb P4, get a 2.8 for $180 or a 3.0 for $250 and then get some DDR, Ill bet your MB supports DDR as well as sdram, maybe not though.

    P4 2.8b, Radeon 9800np 380/340, Philips Acoustic Edge on Boston Acoustics B7800 4.1's, Western Digital 7200rpm 80gb SE, Antec True Power 480W<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by twc on 01/24/04 08:33 AM.</EM></FONT></P>
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