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    Hey guys, its been a while since i first found myself here at ol'Tweaktown and since then my computer has been morping ever since. Ive gone from around 1200 in 3dmark03 to as much as 6200. But i still got the hunger for speed. So im looking into going all out and getting a new mobo. Specifically a p4p800. But my question is, i know this will unlock overclocking this pc and allow me to get some sick speeds (soulburner i may be able to see yours... heh heh maybe :cheers: ) but it also unlocks a whole new posibilty of destroying what ive worked so hard to build.

    So my question is, should i do it? Do i have enough power now to play doom III looking kick ass or should i go for the gold?? Would i see enough real world gains to offset the risks? As usual i respect your guys opinion and look foward to hearing it. Thanks :devil win
    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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    The P4P800 is a great board but its only downfall is that it has no PAT, making other boards easily faster.

    I would recommend checking out the Abit AI7, it is 865PE however it can enable full PAT and be just as speedy as the 875P boards, for only $114 or so at Newegg.

    Its basically what the MAX3 was supposed to be, without its problems.

    FX5900 - 3DMark2001 [20,566] - 3DMark2003 [7,281] - Aquamark3 [56,694]
    Ti4400 - 3DMark2001 [16,028]

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    woah new term alert, whats PAT??
    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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    Performance Acceleration Technology
    CPU: Opteron 165 @ 311x9 - 2817.8 mhz - 1.47v
    Mobo: Abit KN8-SLI
    RAM: 2x512 Crucial Ballistic Tracers500 @ 202 mhz 2-2-2-5 T1
    GFX: Asus EAX1950pro @ 648/1408
    PSU: Thermaltake 500w
    SC: Audigy 2 zs
    LCD: 22' Samsung 225bw
    Speakers: Klipsch ProMedia 5.1 Ultra
    Mouse: Logitech G5

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    It does make a significant difference in bandwidth (+300/400 in Sandra), and puts you ahead by about 500 points in 3DMark01.

    FX5900 - 3DMark2001 [20,566] - 3DMark2003 [7,281] - Aquamark3 [56,694]
    Ti4400 - 3DMark2001 [16,028]

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    oh ok thats definately worth checking out
    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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    OK i took your advice and am currently waiting for my AI7 to be shipped to me : party ha

    im also getting a pretty cool new case, the green raidmax from newegg, and a volcano 7+ hsf. What are your thoughts on the volcano 7+?? It was definatley in my price range, but i did realllly want that jet 4 :rolleyes2
    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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    If you want to do any real overclocking with that CPU look at the heatsinks from Swiftech and Thermalright.

    FX5900 - 3DMark2001 [20,566] - 3DMark2003 [7,281] - Aquamark3 [56,694]
    Ti4400 - 3DMark2001 [16,028]

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    Your rig has come along way. And I was thinking, if you still have all the old hardware, put it all back together, chuck a celeron in there and sell it while is is still fairly up to date as far as hp goes. Then the transformation will be complete.
    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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    haha yeah thats a good idea maximus7001, it'll help with making some of the money back. but the only hardware ill have left after is a hp case, 250 watt psu, geforce 4 mx 440, coolermaster hsf and the asus p4sd-la mobo.
    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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