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    I'm building a PC. I know, I know. Aren't we all? :) I've already bought a case, the Ahanix Platinum XP. It comes with (2) 80mm fans already installed. I've picked, but not yet purchased, the Asus A7V333 for my motherboard. I know many of you insist on the EPox 8K3A motherboard, but this review says it doesn't have great performance out of the box and I know "NOTHING" about overclocking. I made the decision to go with the A7V333 based on the review at Motherboards.org

    The Asus website says the A7V333 comes with a heatink. Is this good enough or will I need to purchase additional/replacement cooling?

    Anyone have the Ahanix Platinum XP or Asus A7V333 and care to comment? Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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    Yeah the motherboard comes with a HSF on the northbridge chip not one for the CPU though. ;)
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    I am one of the people who have an 8K3A. Yes the BIOS flash did solve some minor/nuisance issues out of the box. It wasn't that difficult. The stability of the board alone should make it a consideration. If you have not finalized your decision on the motherboard, you may want to take another look at the board. Besides if you don't want to unlock the multiplier on the cpu, you can boost the FSB no problem and it's still a free upgrade. Free is GOOD.

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    The soltek board is faster than both the Epox and the Asus (SL75DRV5)

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    Yeah as a standard setup the EPoX board is pretty middle of the road stuff but its when ya start crankin' things towards the limits that it really gets ahead of the rest. :smokin:
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    not to mention that ASUS boards usually cost a good deal more than an equivalent Epox.

    I've used Asus boards in the past & not been especially impressed - with the emergance of Epox I use them almost exclusively, just recently I've had some good luck with ECS boards too - their a great deal, but you need to do your research first because they have produced a few real POS's


    a far as the HSF goes - if you buy a retail boxed Athlon - it comes with one that is adequate for a non-OC'd set up. If it's an OEM chip you'll need to get one. Copper is the way to go if you're not on a tight budget - something like a thermalright SK6 is a pretty good deal now since some better perfrom units have been released

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    The question to impose on you, is what do you want in the motherboard. The A7V-333 is very loaded, but if you intend to do some serious overclocking, you're likely to be highly disappointed, as the more loaded boards tend to do poorly in overclocking.

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    For now all I'm looking for is a fast machine that I can expand and make faster in the future. I know nothing about overclocking now but will eventually want to play around and learn more. I'm thinking that I might just hold out until the new nForce boards are out and see how the reviews go on them. The MCP-T seems nice having the GeForce 4MX, sound and networking onboard.

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    If you just want to play around and not do anything hard core, look around. I'm not discouraging a Via chipset board, but the nForce boards are very nice. Also, if you want a fast system, the nForce 2 does come in a package without the integrated graphics--which would be good if you intend to buy yourself a better card anyway. Based on my experience with the original nForce, I will say I'm pretty eager to see how the nForce 2 does.

    The other alternative would probably be Soyo's Dragon series. I haven't personally used their products ever, but they make one of the most loaded boards available.

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    The nForce boards are OK, but i wouldnt buy onboard video for the life of me, a 32meg shared geforce 2 just turns me right away. If your not looking into serious OC'ing and want a loaded board, shuttle makes good ones. Epox boards tend to really only offer to the OC'ing market, other than that they arent anything flash, basically i would be looking at shuttle, or maybe MSI. Those two offer good value as well as feature loaded boards, soyo definetaly offers a lot of stuff, but also add a hefty pricetag. Also if your looking for heaps of features, the Abit AT7 has 4 ATA 133 IDE raid channels (HPT 374) as well as 2 regular ATA 133 channels, for a maximum of 12 HDD's, as well as tons of USB ports (1.1 & 2.0) and onboard IEEE1394(firewire). The drawback is that to accomodate all those goodies there are only 3 PCI slots

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