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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-25-2004, 05:08 PM - Thread Starter
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I have a gateway comp that has no OC'ing options in the BIOS because it is a gateway... Can I overclock the intel mobo in it? I have a 2.8ghz P4 400mhz FSB. Can I change my BIOS chip?

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nope, u have to buy a new mobo and possibly ram

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nope, u have to buy a new mobo and possibly ram
Is there any way to stop windows from making me format my HD when I replace my motherboard?

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windows shouldnt start the installation automaticly, but usually if you dont reformat you wont be able to boot into windows, or the computer will be unstable.

you can go in and back up your stuff through safe mode

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windows shouldnt start the installation automaticly, but usually if you dont reformat you wont be able to boot into windows, or the computer will be unstable.

you can go in and back up your stuff through safe mode
What's DFI's rep as far as mobos go? What do you recommend?
Will a new mobo fit a gateway case?

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What's DFI's rep as far as mobos go? What do you recommend?
Will a new mobo fit a gateway case?
Well Abit has a very well known rep to produce some of the best mobos on the market and there were a few engineers that left abit and went to DFI. They helped develop the Infinity and the award winning Lanparty series mobos.

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I agree, I would definitely look toward DFI or Abit. I'm leaning toward DFI though.

I recently bought their Ultra Infinity...no shortage of OC'ing in that box!

I think you want the DFI 875 Infinity, sorry, its a slow site sometimes, but you won't regret that board.

Let us know what you decide, and how it turns out!

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I agree, I would definitely look toward DFI or Abit. I'm leaning toward DFI though.

I recently bought their Ultra Infinity...no shortage of OC'ing in that box!

I think you want the DFI 875 Infinity, sorry, its a slow site sometimes, but you won't regret that board.

Let us know what you decide, and how it turns out!
Thanks guys! I will let you know what I decide. I might be going with a LanParty. It seems like a good board...?

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Thanks guys! I will let you know what I decide. I might be going with a LanParty. It seems like a good board...?
Alright guys! Here's what I have decided to go with:

-P4 2.8ghz (will OC to around 3.6 hopefully?)
-DIABLOTEK Demon Case (includes 3 80mm fans/ has 1 120mm fan port at the top)
-DFI LANPARTY PRO875b Mobo
-Maxtor 60GB 7200RPM/SATA Hard Drive/Model 6Y060M0
-AeroCool Copper CPU Cooler for 478 and A/Model DP-102
-Mushkin 184 Pin 512MB DDR PC-3200 @ 400mhz (will OC?)
-2x AeroCool UV LED Case fans/80MM/Model AeroFans-UV-BG-SV for the Aerocool CPU cooler/ Blue Casings/Green Blades
-1x AeroCool UV LED Case fan/80MM/ Model AeroFans-UV-BO-SV for the DIABLOTEK case/ Blue Casing/Orange Blades

(I would have gotten a bigger HDD but I had to stay on a budget) o well... I have more anyway...

Let me know what you think!

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You either want to get RAM w/ CAS 2 timings... something that has stock timings like 2-2-2 or 2-3-3 at the highest. OR get PC4000 RAM so you can run your RAM and mobo at the same FSB. W/ the CAS2 ram, you could probably overclock it to like to more than 210mhz, but your mobo would be at 262.4mhz FSB if you use a 5:3 CPU:RAM ratio. W/ the PC4000 you would have higher timings, but there would be an advantage to having the CPU:RAM ratio at 1:1. So yeah, you can get the mushkin, just make sure it's their performance stuff... like Mushkin 222 special.

For PC4000 RAM, there is some A-DATA at www.newegg.com that works great for intel. To overclock to 3.6ghz, you will have to reach a FSB or 257mhz. So using a 5:4 divider your RAM would only be at 206mhz, which is ok if the RAM has 2-2-2 timings... Or I'll say it again the ADATA clocked at 257mhz just like the CPU/mobo... the choice is up to you. I dunno how big of a difference there would be.

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