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Northwood n00b with a crappy motherboard.

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I have researched my system in desire for extra power for free (if it doesn't break,) extra power. According to my calculations there are two extreme limiting factors, and other lesser limiting factors.

1) the motherboard is an utter piece of crap.

2) one of the memory modules is slower than the other, though it doesn't matter with the current setup because the mobo doesn't even run at the speed of the slow chip.

1) My motherboard is the Shuttel AV49V henceforth regarded to as "****tle". Which allows the FSB speed to be changed up to 165, which is only 1 MHz short of being a 166 MHz board. Though not bad for a 133 board, it limits the overclocking ability of the RAM and the acclaimed Northwood processor. Not only that. From what I gather from CPU-Z, my processor appears to have Hyper Threading technology, yet my motherboard does not support it. Also, my PCI/AGP speed is not lockable. So, if my understanding of this feature is correct, my BFG 7600 GS OC is running even faster than the factory overclock settings, putting itself at more risk than it would normally be in.

2) I have 1 512 MB piece of DDR PC2700, and one PC3200 of the same size. Though this is irrelevant at the current time, since my ****tle only supports 133mhZ FSB, and from what I gather at the overclocking websites I visited, the processor and FSB speed have more of an effect on the performance gains than the memory speed.

So, my overall question is: what motherboard do you recommend for a 2.4 would you recommend for a northwood, and what company's pc3200 would compliment it nicely?
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I would look at getting the ASUS .... P4C800-E... best i875 board and the ABIT IC-7G running a close second but i am using the abit ai7 and overclocks well for me i have a ghz overclock on a mobile prescott with no added voltage and i have hit 4.4 with no voltage either never tried the max and i am using some liberty pc3200 1gb ebay memory i have tried mixing different speed memory and it didnt turn out to well so i dont recommend it also get some pc3200 ocz or corsair ram there are also many other brands that are good like patriot and kingston just get the name brand not like what i did ebay memory
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Cool beans. Thanks for the advice.
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