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    Question New build - are these ok?

    I’m thinking of putting together a system based on the following components and would appreciate comments on their suitability.

    So far it’s;
    Mobo : Asus A7N8X Deluxe nForce2
    Cpu : AMD Athlon XP2500+ OEM
    cpu cooler : Vantec VA4-C7040 AMD Aeroflow Cooler
    ram : TwinMOS 512MB (2x256MB) DDR PC3200 Dual Channel Kit
    case : Antec SLK3700AMB Metallic Bronze Quiet Midi Tower Case (includes 350W PSU)
    hdd : Samsung 80GB SATA

    I already have a CDR/W drive, monitor, keyboard and graphics card (Abit Siluro T400 64mb). I’ll be upgrading to a DVD writer and new graphics card in around six months when I’ve saved up some more cash.

    I am hoping to get additional performance from the setup by overclocking the Athlon CPU. I don’t want to push the kit to it’s max but would like a faster stable set-up for general PC duties.

    I’m assuming that the Athlon 2500 will be locked so what sort of speeds could I expect to run using the TwinMOS 3200 RAM?

    I’ve chosen the case due to it’s 2x120mm fan capability, Antec 350wPSU and keen pricing, even though the colour is a little odd.

    I would appreciate any thoughts, comments or advice from forum members before I take the plunge and buy the above kit.

    Thanks,
    notfub

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    Can your budget strech to 2x512 meg memory chips ? The extra memory would be an advantage.
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    If the 2500+ is locked then you can only change the FSB (I think). By default, the 2500+ has the FSB set at 166mHz. You should be able to overclock it to 200mHz.
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    the extra memory would be nice. Personally i would get the leadteck NF2 board or the abit.

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    Moby-Dick,
    The 1gb kit will cost me just over £110, compared to the £56 for the 512mb kit so not a huge difference in cash. I may be tempted after all but I've got to draw the line somewhere mate ;o)

    Mike_w,
    Thanks for the feedback. If the multiplier is locked at 11 can you set the bus speed to 200Mhz, giving a frequency of 2200mhz (equivalent to the XP 3200+)? Is this a sure fire thing with the 2500+ CPU or do you need to just get a lucky one? I am also guessing that the CPU voltage will need a small hike in order to reach and stay at 2200mhz?

    Platty,
    The Asus seemed to give me everything I wanted, including good on board sound. I know that ABIT make great boards but have been put off the AN7 by a few posts on here. Never seen anything on leadteck before, any reason why this would be a better buy than the Asus? Thanks Platty.

    Cheers,
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    • Trash Man's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus P8Z77-V LE Z77
      • CPU:
      • i5 2550k
      • Memory:
      • 8GB 1600 DDR3
      • Storage:
      • 1 x 128GB Crucial SSD 1 x 1TB Seagate
      • Graphics card(s):
      • 1.5GB 580 GTX
      • PSU:
      • Be Quiet 680W E9
      • Case:
      • CM 830 Stacker
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 7
      • Monitor(s):
      • Dell 2407 x 2
      • Internet:
      • 20mb IDNet ADSL
    Stick with the Asus m8, it's a great board. And I would deffo get the 1gb of memory.

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    if you get the asus make sure its the rev2, the first ones didnt all make 200fsb...
    id go for the nf7-s tbh, infact, i did, twice
    both of my boards can do 225fsb atleast, stable.

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    Thanks for all the comments, looks like i'll be doing a little shopping in the next few weeks ;o)

    Happy New Year!

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