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so... new rig is in process..
With the money i had, i got:

TUL AX480A-GF Socket 939 ATI Radeon XPRESS 200 ATX AMD Motherboard
AMD Athlon 64 3700+ San Diego 1GHz HT Socket 939 Processor
SAPPHIRE 100134L Radeon X1800XT 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card
COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black ATX Mid Tower
ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 64 Pro Cooling Fan with Heatsink

and i will be using from my old rig:

ASPIRE ATX-CW500WP4 ATX 500W Power Supply 115/230 V UL, CSA, TUV, CE
1 x 512mb DDR400 3200 and 2x 512mb DDR333 2700 (crucial i think)
250mb Maxtor ATA HD / 150mb WD ATA HD ( i know, i need to upgrade!)

Now, my BIGGEST concern (besides the cheap MB) is all the problems I've heard about the sapphire x1800xt... driver probs, bios video probs, freezing probs, loud fan probs, over heating probs... What am i supposed to think over here? SHould i cancel the order or are these isolated incidients? Is it just picky people whining?

please advise, oh overclockers: those who hold my future in their hands...
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post #2 of 29
Well you are getting after market cooling so that should help. I would recommend the zalman vf-900 over the artic series. It beat the zlaman vf-700 by an additional 5C at load. The Vf-700 is known to be a stronger product than the artic silencer. As such the 900 is the way to go. They are available for about $55 Cdn up here which is about $40 US.
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post #3 of 29
Looks good, but I wouldn't cheap out on a TUL motherboard.

Save some money, and get some dual channel 2x512 pc3200 or 2x1gb pc3200.

Mixed ram with different speeds will force all the ram to the lowest speed. (if you have 3 sticks of pc3200, and 1 stick of pc2100.....it will auto force clocks to DDR266 speeds)

This will kill any overclock potential, as well as decrease system performance.
    
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are TUL boards notably bad? I AM interested in seeing performance of the ATI 200 bridge, because many forum goers seem to knock it... I hope to get 10,000+ in 3dmark05 eventually so I can promote the ATI northbridge
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oh, and thanks for the zalman tip, but being a newcomer to AMD, custom cooling, overclocking, and system temps altogether, I made a decision to go with the best, cheapest, easiest to install aftermarket cooler...
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so, if i wanted to OC the cpu with my current ram, i just plain COULDN'T?
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post #7 of 29
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Originally Posted by Robilar
Well you are getting after market cooling so that should help. I would recommend the zalman vf-900 over the artic series. It beat the zlaman vf-700 by an additional 5C at load. The Vf-700 is known to be a stronger product than the artic silencer. As such the 900 is the way to go. They are available for about $55 Cdn up here which is about $40 US.
The arctic freezer 64 is for the 939 cpu the arctic X2 is the newest vidcard cooler and it wasn't recommended to well for anything but the x1800xl, the zalman 700 is still a great gpu cooler
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by bgbop15
so, if i wanted to OC the cpu with my current ram, i just plain COULDN'T?

You could, but you are going to severely limit your overclock with that PC2700 RAM. Even if you run a divider you may not get very far.
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you wont be dissapointed with the card!!!! I just got mine and I love it.
    
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post #10 of 29
If you want an ATI chipset, get the new Express 3200, its GODLY for overclocking and its dual x16 lanes (like SLI x16)
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