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MY FIRST UPGRADE.................HELP!

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by loofer, Sep 12, 2001.

  1. loofer

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    Hi, i currently have a pc100 BX Pro 100mhz motherboard with a 466mhz Celeron and sdram. I want to upgrade the motherboard/processor and was thinking of the Asus A7V266 with a 1.4Ghz Athlon (266Mhz) and DDR Ram. could someone tell me if this seems like good value for money and also what other ancilliary hardware would i need to buy if any (cables, fans, power supply ect). Also does the memory manufacturer have any impact on performance?

    <br />Many thanks.
     
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    Hi Loofer,

    This is My setup used for Office, Gaming and HTPC:<br />Asus A7V266, 1.4 Ghz T/Bird, SK6 cooler for Chip, 512 meg DDR ram,G-Force 2 GTS Pro, 40Gb ATA100 H/Drive, Pioneer DVD rom, Sonic fury sound card, etc.

    Advise:<br />1. Use a 400+ watt power supply 300 isnt up to it ( got to replace mine).<br />2. Cooling is a big issue with the 1.4 Athlons, the SK6 is a very good cooler I'm using the Ys-tech fan not the supplied Delta. I also have 2 x 120mm case fans running at 7 volt to cool it. ( its not quiet but my PC is in an ajoining room from the Cinema so no probs).<br />All the 1.4's that I have done ( mainly Gaming rigs) have some sort of Cooling issue. I tried a cooler from Quiet PC and the temp rose 23 degrees. Mine runs at about 58-60 with the SK6. Bit high but still within limits any higher and I wouldn't like it.<br />Otherwise System is running really well using Windows XP ( highly recomended ).<br />You dont need such a high spec for a HTPC see other threads, but for gaming its awsome GF3 coming soon.. <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">
     
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    Cheers sharky, a couple of questions though, the SK6 cooler, is SK the manufacturer name? what temp should i be aiming for and are those 120mm cooling fans for the CPU or the case?

    one more thing, does the RAM manufacturer have any great bearing on performance?

    Thanks again.
     
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    Loofer,

    The SK6 is made by Thermalright. <a href="http://www.thermalright.com" target="_blank">www.thermalright.com</a>

    The 120mm fans are case fans, 80mm fans should be OK with a large case. I just chose 120's because when at 12 volt they push around 210cfm through the case for when we are gaming. At 7 volt they still push lots of air but are quieter.

    I have Crutial ram it seems good to me, I would go for a good brand ram rather than the cheep stuff. Had lots of trouble in the past with cheep ram failures.
     

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