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Thread: which mobo & memory to use with xp2000




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    I have an XP 2000 processor and Im about ready to buy a motherboard and some memory.

    which motherboard & memory type should I get to make sure I have 100% compatability

    I tend to favor ASUS motherboards and would like to use theirs but if you have a better suggestion pls tell.

    also very important is the memory, which mem should I get to go with the mobo.

    thnx. : peace2:

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    Diffinately an nForce2 mobo, and I'd suggest corsair RAM. You'll need 2 sticks for the nForce2 to take full advantage of it so remember that when shoping.

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    Ditto on the nForce2 mobo and 2 x Corsair memory sticks (XMS3200 or XMS3500). :thumb:

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    I agree to go with the Nforce2 chipset on a mobo but other than that there are many things to consider. Asus has the best sound, Abit includes a SATA adapter with the "S" version, MSI has one with built-in graphics if you're not a gamer, Soltek offers one with a regular ide raid channel. There are other features to consider as well, i.e. built in lan, hookups for front usb, etc..
    What ram depends on whether you want oc or tweak timings. If you want to oc, etc., Corsair XMS is a good choice. Want to run stock settings? Crucial is fine at a lower cost.

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    thanks for the info guys, I suppose I shall go with the nForce2 mobo.

    I dont need the onboard sound or video (I have SB audigy & ATI 9700 pro)

    I just wanted to make sure I got the best motherboard & memory for comaptability so I dont run into all those 0x0000008x messages anymore.

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    The embargo for the Apollo KT400A chipset from VIA Technologies has just expired. It is a 7th Generation Performance Chipset for the AMD Athlon™ XP processor. It offers what VIA call FastStream64 single channel DDR memory technology which is claimed to be equivalent in performance to dual channel solutions. Oh dear... looks like VIA did not include dual channel memory support but there. VIA claims that AMD 333MHz FSB is maxed out at 2.7GB/s, equivalent to the maximum theoretical bandwidth in a single channel DDR333 configuration. On the other hand, nVidia’s competitor nForce2 at 333MHz FSB can provide 5.4GB/s and at 400MHz FSB can provide 6.4GB/s of memory bandwidth, through its dual channel setup. able to provide 2.7GB/s of memory bandwidth, when the Athlon XP running at a 266MHz FSB at the time only was capable of 2.1GB/s – quite a change of sides. So, what happens if AMD release a 400MHz FSB Barton core processor in the near future? All signs say that VIA will be maxed out, whereas nVidia can push on with their dual channel nForce2. The Near future says ... YES Barton cores have arrived and will settle for no less than to buy dual channel ddr for my Asus A7N8X. Best mobo of the moment
    Lian LI PC60
    (2 intake 80mm ADDA/3
    exhaust 80mm ADDA)
    EG465P-VE Enermax Dual fan PSU 465watt
    Asus A7N8X Dx ver2.0 C1007 latest bios
    AthlonXp 3200+ Barton
    Xms Corsair 3700PT TwinX paired 2x512@200mhz
    200mhz X 11.0 = 2.205GIG
    creative audigy 2
    Asus V8460 U Ti 4600 Dx
    CPU full load 28C
    Case full load 24C
    Western D HDD 120gb
    XP Professional current best- crap
    11682 marks=xp best performance settings @ 2500+ 166mhz x 11.0X = 1.83GIG

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    But the KT400A is still behind the nForce2 in performance though doin' much better than the KT400 it replaces.

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