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Hello Simmers: Anybody know a good link to learn about motherboards, overclocking, etc... ? I have an Asus A7V266-E with a AMD XP 1800 , and I would like to get a bit more out of it if possible, and if not, I would like to know what is the biggest CPU I can fit into that motherboard. (looked at the manuals, but didn

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The A7V266 has 266Mhz FSB ... supporting only 266Mhz FSB speeds. Your best best is a new motherboard that supports DDR400 .. couple that with an 1800+, 1Gb of DDR400 RAM, and clock it until it burns. :)

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Thanks Rob, but I think I am a bit scared with that. My current setup works very stable, and I don

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You could always begin at www.tomshardware.com. They write about motherboards all the time. Or you could try a bit of googling.- Oyvind

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Hi Jamie,as far as links go, Tom's Hardware is a good one, so is www.anandtech.com . As to the CPU, all AMD ones fit into socket A, so theoretically you could go with the just released XP3000. However, as your motherboard only supports 266MHz FSB, you'd have to run the CPU at that speed, so you'd effectively be underclocking it. Getting one of those would only make sense, if you're thinking of upgrading your mobo very soon - otherwise, I'd go with the fastest 266MHz processor that's available (I think XP2400). Also, changing motherboards isn't as intimidating as it may seem. I just upgraded mine, and it ran fine the first time. Just remember to lock your dogs/cats/wombats out of the room, don't eat greasy ribs while doing it, and try to remember the difference between '+' and '-' when connecting the cables... The great advantage of just upgrading your components is that it turns out much cheaper than buying a whole new computer, and you can spread the cost without having to get a payment plan.Cheers,Gosta. http://hifi.avsim.net/activesky/images/wxrebeta.jpg

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Jaime,Don't be wooried about changing components in your system. It's not that difficult, all you need is a bit of patience and to remember not to panic if things don't go as planned. ;-)You may find the Extreme Tech site useful, especially the . For example, here's the info on how to [link:www.extremetech.com/article2/0,3973,838345,00.asp|replace a motherboard] from the [link:www.extremetech.com/category2/0,3971,838242,00.asp]How To section].If in doubt, you can always ask again before starting. Have fun.phil[/b

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Yup - the 2400+ has the stock clockspeed of 266Mhz FSB @ 2.0Ghz. As soon as I've got some Corsair PC3500 RAM in .. 3.0Ghz or higher. :)

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Thanks a lot for your replies!!! I will investigate further, and may become brave!! See you, Jaime

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Here is a decent starting point for you Jamie:http://www.systemcooling.com/modules.php?n...article&sid=417As far as your board goes, you can purchase a XP2400-c 266 fsb thoroughbred-b model, these O/C very nicely as many o/c as high as 2.3 Ghz on air cooling alone and would be a somewhat painless way to go for you.As far as DDR333 and DDR400 go all benchmarking across the board shows that running the memory asynchronously to your FSB (Front Side Bus) is not only pointless, eg. 166Mhz FSB and 200Mhz for the memory - performance will actualy degrade, so as long as you O/C as Rob suggest, eg. lower your multiplier then O/C your fsb as much as you can, like 190 fsb 190 memory, then you will atain Nervana! :)Anyway, if you didn't understand a thing a said just read the article as well as the other links that have been posted for you.Have fun! :)

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>Hi Rob, >>I see you're thinking along the same lines as me - I want >2GB of the stuff. That one shouldn't be too hard to get past >my wife, after all, she'll get my current 512MB PC2700. But >the new Barton XP3000, now that's a different story... >>Cheers, >>Gosta. >>http://hifi.avsim.net/activesky/images/wxrebeta.jpg >You don't want a Barton .. they are outperformed by the 3.06 P4 at the moment on nearly all fronts. Mid range T'bred does the trick for overclocking. As for 2Gb of the stuff ... it's likely you'll only have one supporting DIMM slot on your mobo for 1Gb of the stuff.

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Hi,The ASUS A7V266 motherboard, revision 1.07 and higher, will support the following Athlon XP CPU's at either 200mhz or 266mhz front side bus with the latest available BIOS revisions:A7V8X A7V-E A7VI-VM A7VL133-VM A7VL-VM A7V-M The following table shows the support for CPU / MotherboardCPU Since PCB Since BIOS Memo Athlon 700 ALL 1002 Athlon 750 ALL 1002 Athlon 800 ALL 1002 Athlon 850 ALL 1002 Athlon 900 ALL 1002 Athlon 950 ALL 1002 Athlon 1000 (200 MHz FSB) ALL 1002 Athlon 1000 (266 MHz FSB) ALL 1002 Athlon 1100 (200 MHz FSB) ALL 1002 Athlon 1133 (266 MHz FSB) ALL 1002 Athlon 1200 (200 MHz FSB) ALL 1002 Athlon 1200 (266 MHz FSB) ALL 1002 Athlon 1300 (200 MHz FSB) ALL 1002 Athlon 1333 (266 MHz FSB) ALL 1002 Athlon 1400 (200 MHz FSB) ALL 1002 Athlon 1400 (266 MHz FSB) ALL 1002 Athlon XP 1500+(Model 6) 1.07 1010 Athlon XP 1600+(Model 6) 1.07 1010 Athlon XP 1700+(Model 8) 1.07 1010 Athlon XP 1700+(Model 6) 1.07 1010 Athlon XP 1800+(Model 6) 1.07 1010 Athlon XP 1800+(Model 8) 1.07 1010 Athlon XP 1900+(Model 8) 1.07 1010 Athlon XP 1900+(Model 6) 1.07 1010 Athlon XP 2000+(Model 6) 1.07 1010 Athlon XP 2000+(Model 8) 1.07 1010 Athlon XP 2100+(Model 8) 1.07 1010 Athlon XP 2100+(Model 6) 1.07 1010 Athlon XP 2200+ (Model 8) 1.07 1010 Athlon XP 2400+ (Model 8) 1.07 1011 Athlon XP 2600+(266 MHz FSB)(Model 8) 1.07 1011 The model '6' Athlon CPUs are the 'Palomino' cores while the model '8' Althons are the 'Thoroughbred' cores. You can try overclocking your CPU my simply adjusting the base FSB frequency higher through the ASUS BIOS at minimum increments of 1Mhz. Thus, any FSB setting greater than 133mhz (the normal base FSB frequency for Athlon XP's) would overclock the chip. The memory/CPU bus runs at double the base front side bus frequency (133 * 2 = 266), also known as double data rate or 'DDR'.All Athlon CPU's with higher frequencies than the 2600+ model run at 166mhz to 200mhz base front side bus which are 166 * 2 = 333Mhz or 200 * 2 = 400Mhz memory bus and are thus not compatible with the A7V266 motherboard with the VIA KT266A chipset.

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