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Thread: Upgrade and OC




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    Hi!

    Heres the deal.

    Im upgrading my XP 2000 box palomino, to a brand new XP 2500 Barton.

    Of course, Ill OC to 3000

    Its my first time OCing, so I want to know:

    Do I need to format and reinstall WinXP?????

    BTW, Im very happy, since my sys will be:

    XP2500 box (OC3000)
    ASUS A7N8X Deluxe 2.0
    Gygabite 9800 pro
    512 DDR 266 Spectek (2*256) in Dual channel
    Other stuff....


    My next upgrade will be RAM, and Im thinking 1024 DDR 400 (2*512) Kingston will do the trick :hammer:

    Thanks!

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    Whoa, slow down. :)

    Im guessing if you're getting a new proccessor, your upgrading the mobo to, to the Asus mobo, a good choice btw.

    Now, with any mobo change, you will need to do a reformat and reinstall of xp. But theres no way you'll be able to use that 266 memory with the new mobo, unless you want to underclock the processor. You'll need at least ddr333 to start with. If you're planning on O/Cing, then DDR400 is a good bet, gives you alot of headroom. But you need new memory with the higher FSB speed of the barton processor.
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    Hehe, Fatguy again!

    Well, here is the thing:

    I changed my mobo a few days ago, because my old MSI KT3 ultra2 gonne bad.... and you helped my there, so thanks again ;)

    ...Today, some guy offered to buy my XP palomino 2000 in a very sweet price.

    So, I decided to buy a 2500 Barton next monday with that money, and a couple of cents more.

    Dont know if I can manage to find a buyer of my RAM, so, I think Ill wait untill someone appears.....

    Untill then, Im stuck with my current RAM...

    Hope I made myself clear now :P

    Now...

    I know that when you upgrade a mobo, you have to format...
    but is the same thing for a processor???

    Another question now... is underclock a processor a BAD thing? Will it go: KABOOM? Or is it that it will just run slower than it can in optimal circunstances????

    Thanks again :)

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    If its just the processor, than no, xp doesnt care what processor its using anyway. Underclocking isnt bad for the processor at all, but make sure you change the FSB in your BIOS to 266 before you boot up windows, because the 266 ram wont boot at 333. You system will just be running slower than it should, but it wont hurt anything until you get the new memory, just dont expect any big performance gains goin to the new processor, as it wont be that much faster than the 2000+ palomino until you can crank the fSB to 333
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fatguy3
    Underclocking isnt bad for the processor at all, but make sure you change the FSB in your BIOS to 266 before you boot up windows, because the 266 ram wont boot at 333. You system will just be running slower than it should, but it wont hurt anything until you get the new memory, just dont expect any big performance gains goin to the new processor, as it wont be that much faster than the 2000+ palomino until you can crank the fSB to 333
    In actual fact if the memory frequency is left on the Auto setting the CPU will run at it's rated speed and so will the memory (it can be set manually as well). The nForce2 chipset/BIOS has the same capability as Intel's latest chipsets to run the memory at a slower speed to that of the FSB (I've never tried this feature myself though).

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    I finally bought:

    XP2500+ Barton Box (Its spinning at 3000... is this bad?)
    1024 (512*2) Samsung DDR 400

    With:

    Asus A7N8X deluxe
    Ati 9800 pro 128 Gigabyte


    So.... any ideas on the settings in the Bios??? :shrug:

    Or a tutorial to follow????

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