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Hi, I am not very familiar with Intel and was wondering if this was a good buy.
Asus CUSL2-C Black Pearl + Intel PIII 1.0 GHZ + Extras
3DFX-COOL Heatsink+Fan + Asus iPanel + Extra USB.

I will be paying less than a hundred bucks for this on Ebay. It will be used as a secondary machine. I am planning on putting my current 9800 pro into it as I am upgrading to a 7800 GS OC. It will also have the max of 512 mb ram. I was wondering how overclockable is this and is it a good machine to try my first shot at watercooling?
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The problem with overclocking that processor is that it is already on the 133MHz fsb and it is very hard to achieve anything past 145MHz. The multiplier is 7.5 so you probably would be hard pressed to achieve more than ~1100MHz.

I would save a few buck more and move to a Celeron "D" and overclock it to ~4.0GHz. The AMD alternative would be a Sempron (754) 2800+ and overclock it to ~2.4 - 2.6GHz) It would cost a bit more but the comparison pricer/work unit would be worth it imo.

However, if your budget is less than $100.00 then it is not all that bad a buy. Watercooling will not be of any real benefit with this system though but that is just my opinion.

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post #3 of 6
I would save a little more for a CELERON D great budget CPU there and very overclockable
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I am trying to build around the socket 370 motherboard. I am sure if the Celeron D is a 370. Plus the CPU comes with the board. What would be the best CPU for this board then, it has to have the Coppermine core though. Tualitin is not supported. It wont see much gaming except when a buddy is over and wants to get his butt whooped in counterstrike, he he, but will be used quite a bit.
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For Socket 370 (Non Tualatin) as a requirement, well then I would go for the PIII 1GHz with 133MHz fsb as it is about as fast as those will make it anyway. As I said, not a bad deal if it fits your requirements. Just because you won't get a lot of overclockability does not take away from the fact that this processor as it is will benchmark around a Pentium 4 1.4GHz machine as Coppermine was tick for tick a faster processor than P4.

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If coppermine core is not requirement and you need to stay with 370, why don't you try any tualatin core board and cpu? Such as ASUS overclockable 370 board and Tualatin celeron 1.1 or 1.0 (overclockable 1.3/1.73 will will the ebst though) will be fine to get 1.33 or 1.46 with fsb 133.
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