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ATX socket A help!

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hey guys, looking for some help as I am new to overclocking and new to building computers as well. from the looks of things you guys seem to be pretty much the go-to-source for tips so here is my issue. I have an AMD 1.7ghz socket A cpu left over from a different computer but no motherboard. basically I have a case, power supply, nec dvd burner, hard drives and (2) 256MB DDR, 266, CL2.5 Crucial RAM (if I need to toss these, its ok). I don't need RAID and I am OK with AGP 8X. What I do need is recommendations for motherboard and AGP 8X graphics card and RAM (if I can't use my old as above). This will be a second computer used for some gaming, nothing too serious though. I am not planning on overclocking it at all. Seriously thank you so much in advance for your help, I hope to one day be as knowledgable as, well, one or two of you.. haha.

Well thanks again, Mike
post #2 of 7
First got to the USER CP and link to your system specs and fill it in, it helps us help you
The socket A MBs are getting a bit limited.
You should look for an nForce2 or NF2 series to get the best options for OCing.
    
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Yeah, I would rec. Abit NF7-S Ver 2, or A7N8X-Deluxe
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If you're not planning to do any OCing on the board, then you can pretty much just get a budget board. You won't have to worry about instability issues. Boards with nVidia chipsets perform well. Via chipsets are more budget oriented. So it really depends on what you plan to use this computer for and what your budget is. Most boards nowadays support DDR400 RAM so whatever board you end up with, just make sure that you set the speed to 266 (unless you get new 400 mhz RAM) or else your computer will not boot.
    
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First off Welcome to the site, Abit An7 is on of the best socket A board.
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My Asus A7N8x-x did an excelent job and I've seen it in a store for 40
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I'd go with the NF7-S v2.0 (I have one in my spare rig) and for the video card, you could try maybe an ATI 9800Pro or XT. I personally have a 9600 Pro in my spare and it overclocks like crazy (515/450 oc'd-400/400 stock). Both can be had for under a hundred bucks each.
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