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Thread: Critique The Specs Please




  1. #21
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    Ok, I thank everyone for the input so far, it's helped a lot and I've been doing my research, heh.

    So the revisions to my systems so far will be:

    Antec 1080 AMG Case: I like the looks of the Thermaltake better and it comes with 5 fans, but the sweet PSU included in the Antec is too good of a deal, so I'll be looking out for this case.

    Thermaltake Volcano 7+: I was going to get this originally anyways, so I'll get it, heh.

    Western Digital 80 GB, 8 MB cache

    Now when it comes to motherboard and memory, I'm still kind of confused. Should I get a KT400 or KT333 mobo, and should I get pc2700 or pc3200 RAM. I'll get Corsair or Crucial RAM, since it seems to make a difference, thats not a problem.

    I read that VIA is dropping KT333 support, so shouldnt I get a brand new board (dont know if Epox released one yet) like the ASUS I listed, or maybe an ABit?

    But I know the KT400 havent been performing great in reviews when compared to the KT333.....bah, I'm confused.

    I'll go do more reading I guess.

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    honestly I think there is no difference, or very little, b/w the KT333 or KT400. I would go with whatever. They will both be able to run the new athlons with the higher FSB. The only advantage the KT400 has is the 8X AGP, which you will not see advantages with that until the next generation 8x cards. So, if you have a budget....go with the KT333, but if you want the latest and greatest (like me) then go for a KT400 board. As for memory I would go with some 3200 with CL2. This will give you some room to overclock in the future...blah blah blah. Again, if you have a budget, go with the 2700! :afro:

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    There is no difference between KT333 & KT400, and there is no difference in using PC2700 & PC3200 DDR unless you are going to overclock otherwise just get PC2100.

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    Well the KT400 boards support pc-3200's full speed rating...
    New Sig soon, old one was way outdated.

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    ok heh,

    my new mobo idea is a ABIT KD7-RAID and along with that, I'll get some Corsair pc2700 or pc3200 (depending on my funds.)

    that sound reasonable?





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    Not bad, you can pick up Corsair XMS PC-3200 DDR400MHZ RAM over at www.googlegear.com for $180. It's also only $0.50 for 2-Day fed-ex (which alot of people overlook).
    New Sig soon, old one was way outdated.

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    Well, like i said before are you going to use this ram for overclocking, because if not you are sorely wasting your money. The Athlon processor has no use for higher memory bandwidth and as a result the performance difference between 2100 & 2700 is very low (~%2). The performance difference between PC2700 & PC3200 is closer to zero, in some cases PC3200 DDR400 boards benchmark LOWER than KT333 boards with PC2700.

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    The PC3200 will be worth it if you ever upgrade the CPU to a 166MHz FSB one even if ya don't overclock as the +33MHz memory value will have you at 200MHz (supported by both the KT333 and KT400 chipsets, though a little suspect in the later). ;)
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    True, but apparently the 333mhz FSB chips havent even been confirmed yet, as far as i know its still rumours.

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    They support them as they support forced changing to 166MHz of 133MHz versions which I've done several times now. ;)
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