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How does this sound?

By NV30
Nov 7, 2003
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  1. I've got a potential buyer for my system, and how would the following perform:

    2500+ AQZEA
    Zalman cooler
    512MB PC3200
    Gigabyte VT600

    And probably a 9600 Pro or so for a graphics card.

    Could I get to 3200+ levels with this setup? Any advice?
     
  2. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,928

    Easily. Something to watch out for is that the 2500+ could be locked (mine is) as AMD have started laminating their chips to prevent overclocking. I am waiting for a new PSU to arrive before I can test mine, and I think my Abit NF7-S v2.0 will unlock this chip through the bios. I'm not so sure about the mainboard you have, so you'll need to check that out yourself. The 2500+ should easily OC beyond 3200+ level.
     
  3. NV30

    NV30 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 339

    Great! :) Any recommendations on a specific card? I understand that a 9700 Pro is a good deal, but you can't find them anymore. 9600 Pro is a pretty good bang for your buck right?
     
  4. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,928

    9600 Pro is what I have and its damn good. The non-pro 9800 is very good and will OC to 9800 Pro levels.
     
  5. NV30

    NV30 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 339

    OK, will consider those. :) How about PSU, is an Antec 300W enough?
     
  6. StormBringer

    StormBringer TS Rookie Posts: 2,871

    I would recommend 350+, 400W would be a good size, as it should have you covered on all the currents(Amps), and give you some expansion room if needed later.
     
  7. dani_17

    dani_17 TS Rookie Posts: 208

    Never buy a gigabyte motherboard. Get better the Abit or one of the newer MSI ones.

    The other stuff is reasonably okay. Maybe pumpin' the memory till 1gb would be okay... Depends on what you are going to use your pc for.
     
  8. dani_17

    dani_17 TS Rookie Posts: 208

    Do it 400w at least and from a good brand. In my opinion the difference from the 350w to the 400w model is just too little.
     
  9. NV30

    NV30 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 339

    OK, will look into a 400W+, guess an Antec 1080 would be good?

    Why not Gigabyte?
     
  10. NV30

    NV30 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 339

    Nic,

    Is there a way that you can tell if the 2500 is locked or not just by appearance?
     
  11. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,928

    Yes, you'll be unable to access the bridges to unlock the chip. Unfortunately, ALL current cpus are locked, so you'll need to get old stock if you wish to unlock. Its not all bad news, as many nForce2 mainboards can unlock the chips through the bios. Check out this article ...

    Unlocking and Overclocking the Athlon XP

    Your best bet for a mainboard would be the Abit NF7-S v2.0, as that allows access to all the multiplier settings, unlike other mainboards, such as the Asus A7N8X (many nForce2 boards do not read the 5th multiplier bit).
     
     
  12. NV30

    NV30 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 339

    Thanks for that link Nic. So I'm not quite sure what a bridge is, unable to access them?
     
  13. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,928

    Read the article ...
     
  14. NV30

    NV30 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 339

    Alright, mine is locked. :(
     
  15. young&wild

    young&wild TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,268

    Never buy a gigabute motherboard? Why? I thought they are pretty stable as well.
     
  16. NV30

    NV30 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 339

    So basically I've settled on the following.

    2500 with AQZEA stepping,
    Abit NF7-S board
    Antec 1080 PP case w/430W PSU
    2X256MB PC3200 OCZ dual channel optimized RAM
    Zalman CNPS-6000-ALCU cooler

    Either a 9600 Pro or 9800, still debating on that one.

    Whatcha think? :)
     
  17. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,928

    9800 (OCs to 9800 Pro) if you can stretch to it ...

    Make sure the Zalman will fit your mobo. If it doesn't then GlobalWin CAK4-88T is a good substitute and its cheaper.
     
  18. NV30

    NV30 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 339

    How can I find that out?
     
  19. NV30

    NV30 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 339

    Checked out their site, says it suports up to a 3000+ Barton, so I guess I'd need a better one.
     
  20. NV30

    NV30 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 339

    Any recommendations? Vantec Aeroflow?
     
  21. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,928

    GlobalWin CAK4-88T (Silent)

    It wasn't refering to the rating (3000+), but the way the heatsink mounts to the mobo. It may be compatable, but its a very heavy cooler so I'm not entirely sure myself.
     
  22. NV30

    NV30 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 339

    Hmm, how well does that PSU hold up to overclocking?
     
  23. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,928

    If its an Antec (400w+) it'll be fine.
     
  24. NV30

    NV30 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 339

    Sheesh I was writing garbage there. :) I should have said how does the cooler hold up to overclocking? Seems that the Aeroflow is great from what I'm hearing, and if I have the bucks, to go with an SLK900A.
     
  25. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,928

    Go with whatever takes your fancy ...
     
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