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Along about the middle of February this year I will be upgrading my PC. Unless something changes my mind this is what I plan on getting:

ASUS A7N8X-E Deluxe

AMD Barton 2500+

Mushkin PC3200 2x512MB

I have looked at a bunch of nForce 2 boards and think this one has the best features/stability. I also like the dual Gigabit LAN. The Barton is a no brainer and the memory is on the recommended list from ASUS (it also got good marks from current A7N8X users). If anyone has any suggestions on my choices, let me know. I don't want to spend $500 on a big headache.

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Looks good to me G. I've got an A7N8X rev. 1.04 and have had few problems with it. Sound is a bit wierd to set up. But that box doesn't need sound for what I'm using it for. If you transfer your Herc card then no prob.

I'm getting the Abit NF7-s soon and I'll let you know about it.

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Ultra DMA 133, Silicon Image RAID 2xSATA RAID 0 and 1. Also, it comes with SATA power cable, unlike some of the boards.

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Ok, I made some changes to my upgrade, again.

Minor updates 16-Jan-2004

CPU - XP 3200+ Barton

RAM - Mushkin PC3500 bh-5 chips 1GB

A7N8X-E

No hsf, will use my own.

Well, decided to get the other stuff anyway:

Round floppy and IDE cables, Coolermaster

ASUS Wifi adapter

With shipping, it comes to just around $700. This upgrade should last me until next year when I will prolly jump on the Athlon64 bandwagon.

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  • 3 weeks later...

I'm such a woman, I change my mind so much. Here is the latest:

MB - MSI K8T NEO-FIS2R - $128

CPU - Athlon 64 3200+ - $282

RAM - Corsair PC4000 2x512MB - $344

Ratzpad - $15

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WooHoo!!!

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Ok, here is the final list. I changed the RAM due to compatability issues with the Corsair currently being experienced by others. BTW, I am ordering this tomorrow afternoon from Newegg. I should have it by Wednesday:

RatPadz Model GS Mousing Surface - $15

Mushkin PC3500 512MBx2(2-3-3) - $199

MSI K8T Neo-FIS2R - $128

AMD Athlon 64 3200+ 2.0GHz 1MBL2 Cache - $282

Newegg Baseball Hat - FREE WooHoo!

I'm picking up some other sundry items while I am there :)

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Cool beans man! I can't hardly wait and I'm not you! :lol:

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Well, the Prescott isn't out yet, the only P4 I could find even close to $282 for the 3200 was $380 and the most important factor of all is that it's a 2.0GHZ CPU. It's being compared to a 3.2GHZ cpu. I think that's a pretty damn good assessment of it right there. Find me an Intel 2.0GHZ CPU that can keep up with it and I'll think about switching to Intel.

Almost forgot, I just ordered it. Should be here Monday. I'll run some benchies and give you a preliminary assessment.

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How do I know it's 2GHz? The same way that everyone knows what their cpu is, by identification in their system. I don't understand the question.

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And just why in the HECK would a company do that?

"Oh, to compete with Intel we need to sell slower chips." DUH

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What they are saying is. "our chips run at a slower clock speed, and compete with the other guys chips at higher clock speeds; So this means we make a better chip, buy it." That could be marketing hype. When in reality, the chips might be running at the same clock speed for REAL, instead of the MARKETING BS.

Hey guys.. you know what i have in my system.... so don't give me the normal bs... this is something i was SERIOUSLY thinking about the other day.

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Either way, I still bought the POS. You may be right, and Intel may be doing the same thing. The thing is, how can you know? I like the performance, especially in gaming.

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What they are saying is.  "our chips run at a slower clock speed, and compete with the other guys chips at higher clock speeds; So this means we make a better chip, buy it."  That could be marketing hype. When in reality, the chips might be running at the same clock speed for REAL, instead of the MARKETING BS. 

Hey guys.. you know what i have in my system.... so don't give me the normal bs... this is something i was SERIOUSLY thinking about the other day.

Did you guys see the shooter on the grassy nole! How about the aliens at Roswell! HEHEHEHEHEHEHEHE!

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I don't think they mark Chips at lower speeds than they run. I have heard of instances where system Manus. would Overclock CPU's so they could make an extra buck. and some of the Higher clocked Procs are Just remarked Slower models. Just with either more cache enabled or even a different Locked FSB.

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