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  1. #31
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    Best to hold off on ram until you learn more and know what you want. And no mixing, could have issues. I'll post when I get back about details and other stuff.
    athlon xp-m@2456mhz(12x204)
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    asus a7n8xe-dlx
    thermaltake xaserIII lanfire
    bfg 6800gt
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    logitech mx518/ logitech wingman rumble
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    Ok, a few things you need to know, theory: p4 cpu's tend to throttle back (slow down) when overheated and stay running, quite regularly in laptops though. Maybe when it was soft oc'ed 15%, it got hot enough with hp cooling to do this and cause lower scores. This only applies to p4. Amd, via, and pII/III/celeron family don't, not sure about p4 style celeron.
    Ok so the actual fsb is 200(200x4=800). So you must have had it around 230 (115%) to get 3ghz.

    Another factor: This raises the pci and agp busses up the same%, 33mhz to 38mhz and 66mhz to 76mhz. Since your bios has no performance adjustments, there is probably no way to lock these busses at stock. It's not uncommon to get pci/agp devices and controlers that don't like this increase and react funny or crash. I have encountered this countless times. Try smaller increments and compare.

    DDR Ram comes in different speeds. With confusing names to most users. The actual mhz is half of advertised. eg. 133mhz x2=266mhz, 166mhz x2=333mhz and so on.
    I am assuming since the board can run pc2100(266), pc2700(333), and pc3200(400), that there is an adjustment in the bios for this. So yours would have come set at 333. When you change ram, say to pc3200, it would have to be set at 400 to work at 400. It can even be turned down, say 400 running at 333. Sometimes ram can run at a higher speed indefinately just by turning it up anyway, say running 333 ram at 400mhz (have done it lots, but don't count on it). But remember, the ram speed goes up the same % as the fsb just like the busses when ocing so it would add % again. Thats where higher speed ram comes in like pc3500(433), pc3700(466) and pc4000(500).

    So if I was in your position, I would probably try the ram at 400 to see if it worked, if not then oh well, then wait until I knew what I wanted and why before buying and/or rebuying.
    athlon xp-m@2456mhz(12x204)
    tt aquariusII liquid cooled/ arctic silver ceramique
    asus a7n8xe-dlx
    thermaltake xaserIII lanfire
    bfg 6800gt
    seagate sataII 250gb/seagate 7200rpm 160gb ide
    samsung dvdrw
    2x1024 kingston hyper-x pc3200/ windows xp pro sp3
    logitech mx518/ logitech wingman rumble
    2x samsung 955df 19"/ canon i960
    creative x-fi fatal1ty 64mb/ altec lansing 251-5.1
    mushkin 550w

    opteron 146 @ 2850 (10x285)
    DFI infinity nf4 ultra
    thermaltake tsunami dream -black
    seagate sataII 500gb
    evga 8600gt oc ssc edition
    samsung sata dvd-rw
    2x1024 ocz black
    logitech ifeel/ nec accusync 75f
    ocz fatal1ty 550w

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    once again thanks maximus7001! :)

    at this point im going to hold off on the O'cing because 2.6 aint to bad and i dont have the funds to replace it if i screw it up. It makes sense now that my performance went down due to heat build up. I'll try setting the ram, but i dont think there is an option in my bios, it is quite useless. But we'll see... :flames:
    Pentium 4 CPU 2.60GHz @ 3.4 ghz
    ABIT A17 Motherboard
    1 GB PC3700 DDR-SDRAM
    Nvidia Geforce FX 6800 GT core 400 mem 1050
    Watercooled CPU and GPU
    WD 80 GB 7200rpm HDD
    WD 250 GB 7200 HDD
    Atapi CD-ROM 48x
    HP DVD Writer 300n
    Realtek 6 Channel Audio
    Windows XP Professional
    430 watt Antec TruePower

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    yeah i checked my bios, as usual there is no settings to change

    and what should i get for a hard drive and how do i configure it properly? Ive been reading a lot about getting these external ata133 pci cards, cant i just plug the hdd into the motherboard? I havent upgraded my hdd in a while, so im not used to these new technologies.
    Pentium 4 CPU 2.60GHz @ 3.4 ghz
    ABIT A17 Motherboard
    1 GB PC3700 DDR-SDRAM
    Nvidia Geforce FX 6800 GT core 400 mem 1050
    Watercooled CPU and GPU
    WD 80 GB 7200rpm HDD
    WD 250 GB 7200 HDD
    Atapi CD-ROM 48x
    HP DVD Writer 300n
    Realtek 6 Channel Audio
    Windows XP Professional
    430 watt Antec TruePower

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    Well what i had to do before i did serious upgrading was buy a new power supply. so i got the antec trueblue 480watt for 65 bucks at compusa. Then i got 1gb of kingston pc3200 ram, the 2700 ram is bottlenecking the processor from its abilities, so get 3200. My graphic card i decided the 9600pro was the perfect fit and never been happier. I also decided to get the Creative Audigy 2 Zs and love the great sound.
    Pentium 4 2.6ghz 800mhz
    Kingston Hyper-X Pc3200 1gb
    Ati Radeon 9600 Pro 128mb
    Samsung 120gb hard drive
    Mitsumi 48x Cd-Rom
    Hp Dvd-writer 300N 4x
    Viewsonic 15' LCD
    Asus P4SD-LA Mobo
    Cooler Master Cpu Heatsink&Fan
    Creative Audigy 2 ZS
    Creative inspire 2-1 speakers
    Antec TrueBlue 480watt PSU

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    Yeah i haven't upgraded my Hdd either for one reason, the 5400rpm doesn't do much accept slower loading times then the 7200rpm, but i plan on upgrading it the beginning of next year to a Maxtor or Seagate Serial ata 7200rpm hard drive, since the mobo supports serial ata.
    Pentium 4 2.6ghz 800mhz
    Kingston Hyper-X Pc3200 1gb
    Ati Radeon 9600 Pro 128mb
    Samsung 120gb hard drive
    Mitsumi 48x Cd-Rom
    Hp Dvd-writer 300N 4x
    Viewsonic 15' LCD
    Asus P4SD-LA Mobo
    Cooler Master Cpu Heatsink&Fan
    Creative Audigy 2 ZS
    Creative inspire 2-1 speakers
    Antec TrueBlue 480watt PSU

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    Oh i have a question my cd rom is different then yours, i have a 48x mitsumi, and my fan and heatsink is a cooler master that it came with. Is you fan and heatsink a cooler master?
    Pentium 4 2.6ghz 800mhz
    Kingston Hyper-X Pc3200 1gb
    Ati Radeon 9600 Pro 128mb
    Samsung 120gb hard drive
    Mitsumi 48x Cd-Rom
    Hp Dvd-writer 300N 4x
    Viewsonic 15' LCD
    Asus P4SD-LA Mobo
    Cooler Master Cpu Heatsink&Fan
    Creative Audigy 2 ZS
    Creative inspire 2-1 speakers
    Antec TrueBlue 480watt PSU

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    I would be nice if some ppl would learn to use the Edit button instead of makin' a string of posts. :rolleyes2

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    Well madmike don't mix 2700 ram with 3200, you need to take out the 2700 ram, and buy 2 new sticks.
    Pentium 4 2.6ghz 800mhz
    Kingston Hyper-X Pc3200 1gb
    Ati Radeon 9600 Pro 128mb
    Samsung 120gb hard drive
    Mitsumi 48x Cd-Rom
    Hp Dvd-writer 300N 4x
    Viewsonic 15' LCD
    Asus P4SD-LA Mobo
    Cooler Master Cpu Heatsink&Fan
    Creative Audigy 2 ZS
    Creative inspire 2-1 speakers
    Antec TrueBlue 480watt PSU

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    awesome compgeek, thanks for the insight. Now i know what to buy. But why did you get the new power supply? Does that improve performance? Oh and yeah my heatsink is a coolermaster too. Is it good? My processor is hitting around 45 degrees celsius.

    Oh, and wiggo, am i doing this wrong by hitting post reply?
    Pentium 4 CPU 2.60GHz @ 3.4 ghz
    ABIT A17 Motherboard
    1 GB PC3700 DDR-SDRAM
    Nvidia Geforce FX 6800 GT core 400 mem 1050
    Watercooled CPU and GPU
    WD 80 GB 7200rpm HDD
    WD 250 GB 7200 HDD
    Atapi CD-ROM 48x
    HP DVD Writer 300n
    Realtek 6 Channel Audio
    Windows XP Professional
    430 watt Antec TruePower

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