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    as yall can see in my sig below, i got a GA-7vaxp motherboard......i know its a good board and all but i wanna try out 1 of those nforce 2 boards(with the 400mhz fsb support) that can unlock amd processors(or able 2 change the multiplier).....i might also change the processor 2 a higher 1.....so am looking for both a motherboard with nforce2 chipset and a faster processor(2500+ or higher barton core) with a budget of around $250-$300. i'll stay with the same things besides maybe the memory sticks which i will change later on....(i'll just leave 2 to single ddr sticks as i can't trully afford dual-channel sticks). so i'd like your opinions on which board is good......
    My rig:
    amd athlon xp 2500+ barton core @2.16GHZ (180mhz 12x)
    cooler master x-dream(with cooler master high performance thermal compound)
    mobo: asus a7n8x deluxe
    512mb of ddr pc-3200
    radeon 9500 pro
    pctv tuner card
    antec 5.1 speakers
    antec case with 5 80mm fans
    430 watts psu
    15" monitor @ 1024*768 32bit 70hz
    48x cd-rom, 52x24x52x cdrw
    2x 160gbs 7200 rpm 8mb buffer maxtor hdd
    win xp pro with sp1a
    all drivers updated

    "They say that when you run a Microsoft CD backwards you can hear demonic voices... But that's nothing - When you run it forwards it installs Windows"

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    Remember to consider a better HSF as Volcano7 isnt good enough, unless its a 7+ :thumb:

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    My 7VAXP unlocks the CPU.. did i just get lucky?

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    mine doesn't seem 2 unlock the multiplier(maybe you got 7vaxp-a).......and yes my cooler is a volcano 7+.
    My rig:
    amd athlon xp 2500+ barton core @2.16GHZ (180mhz 12x)
    cooler master x-dream(with cooler master high performance thermal compound)
    mobo: asus a7n8x deluxe
    512mb of ddr pc-3200
    radeon 9500 pro
    pctv tuner card
    antec 5.1 speakers
    antec case with 5 80mm fans
    430 watts psu
    15" monitor @ 1024*768 32bit 70hz
    48x cd-rom, 52x24x52x cdrw
    2x 160gbs 7200 rpm 8mb buffer maxtor hdd
    win xp pro with sp1a
    all drivers updated

    "They say that when you run a Microsoft CD backwards you can hear demonic voices... But that's nothing - When you run it forwards it installs Windows"

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    I'm not sure if you want all the bells and whistles of the VAXP (love the board), but a safe, inexpensive alternative would be the Epox 8RDA/+. Most nForce 2 boards are gonna OC well by default because of the NF2 chipset, but the Epox is one of the cheapest ways to go, and it is one of the best OC'rs around.

    I can't say anything about the VAXP (ultra)'s unlocking ability since I've only got a Palimino.

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    ahh well, lets throw some dual ddr chan.......am thinking of another giga-byte motherboard but i'll take a look at epox boards.......any links?
    My rig:
    amd athlon xp 2500+ barton core @2.16GHZ (180mhz 12x)
    cooler master x-dream(with cooler master high performance thermal compound)
    mobo: asus a7n8x deluxe
    512mb of ddr pc-3200
    radeon 9500 pro
    pctv tuner card
    antec 5.1 speakers
    antec case with 5 80mm fans
    430 watts psu
    15" monitor @ 1024*768 32bit 70hz
    48x cd-rom, 52x24x52x cdrw
    2x 160gbs 7200 rpm 8mb buffer maxtor hdd
    win xp pro with sp1a
    all drivers updated

    "They say that when you run a Microsoft CD backwards you can hear demonic voices... But that's nothing - When you run it forwards it installs Windows"

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    well, i bought an athlon xp 2500+(barton core)....now i'll look at a mobo....$100-$150 maybe....i've seen those asus boards and epox...i seem 2 like asus better though.
    My rig:
    amd athlon xp 2500+ barton core @2.16GHZ (180mhz 12x)
    cooler master x-dream(with cooler master high performance thermal compound)
    mobo: asus a7n8x deluxe
    512mb of ddr pc-3200
    radeon 9500 pro
    pctv tuner card
    antec 5.1 speakers
    antec case with 5 80mm fans
    430 watts psu
    15" monitor @ 1024*768 32bit 70hz
    48x cd-rom, 52x24x52x cdrw
    2x 160gbs 7200 rpm 8mb buffer maxtor hdd
    win xp pro with sp1a
    all drivers updated

    "They say that when you run a Microsoft CD backwards you can hear demonic voices... But that's nothing - When you run it forwards it installs Windows"

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