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Old 08-31-02, 04:18 PM
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Which MB should I get to O/C a P4 1.6A?

I've read all the other upgrade threads but I think they are older than some of the boards on the list (mainly the P4S533).

So far I've seen all of these recommended. Does any stand out from the others? I plan on overclocking the 1.6a up to 2.4GHz.

Abit IT7
Abit BD7-II
Asus P4B533
Asus P4S533

BTW, will I have to get PC2700 ram or will PC2100 work?

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Old 09-01-02, 09:48 AM
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I think I have my eyes on the IT7. It has 6 USB ports on the back and support for another 4.

Unless I hear otherwise I'll place my order as soon as I find cheap place to buy everything from.
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Old 09-01-02, 10:54 AM
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Some people mention that the Abit IT7 doesn't fit quite right in some cases, leaving not enough room for a video card.
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Old 09-01-02, 11:27 AM
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How is that? The drive bays gets in the way or something?
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Old 09-01-02, 11:36 AM
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I have an EPOX 4BDA+2 and love it. My P4 1.6a is o/c to 2.32ghz and is rock solid.

I also like some of the Giga-Byte motherboards. Tons of options, etc.

Don't skimp on RAM.
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Old 09-01-02, 03:40 PM
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Originally posted by asabase
How is that? The drive bays gets in the way or something?
I'm not 100% sure. Some people mention the AGP slot is an 1/8 of an inch off of the normal position. I read it in newegg.com customer reviews of the motherboard. Sounds like most people deal with it fine.

Like Nefarious, I like ePox boards. Mine is an AMD model though.
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Old 09-01-02, 03:50 PM
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I have the asus p4b266-c with a 1.6a running at 2.4.. no problems
havent tried clocking higher.. went straight to 2.4, and just left it here. I stay around 40c

I read around on anantech for quite awhile before making my choice.. and the p4b266-c seemed to be the most recommended for this overclock.

i looked into the abit boards.. but there have been alot of reported problems with the sis chipsets.. and the i845 seems to get much better reviews

pc2100 will work.. although of course, it will have to overclock.. so it may depend on what type of memory you have.. at the time I bought mine, it was only a couple extra dollars to buy 2700, so I went with the a samsung 512 pc2700 (samsung seems to be most recommended for overclocking now ), but now the priced have doubled, so I would try what you have first.
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Old 09-01-02, 04:18 PM
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Guess the P4S533 is out then since it uses the sis chipset. Plus I read it doesn't have PCI MHz locks.

Is the p4b566 just the 133FSB certified version of the p4b266-c?

The IT7 uses the 845E so it's still ok.

I guess the choice is between the IT7 and (p4b566 or p4b266-c).

I really like the legacy free nature of the IT7 board since I never use serial anyway and I always could use more USB ports.

BTW, since I'm basically building the same system as you, where did you get your stuff from? I've checked newegg and they are pretty close to the lowest on pricewatch (about $5 on each component). Just wondering if you found a better place.

All I really need is the MB, CPU, RAM, and a new power supply. New case would be nice, but I'll live with what I got for now. Already have a GF3 and 2 HDs and DVD and burner.

Thanks a lot for the help.
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Old 09-01-02, 04:26 PM
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i bought everything from different sites.. processor came from newegg.. bought the motherboard refurbished from newegg.
memory from the cheapest place on pricewatch..

i got my case and powersupply when compgeeks had a special for a nice case and 350 watt psu for like $27 shipped its a pretty nice looking case too

I dont know much about the IT7.. my suggestion would be to ask in the overclocking area of anandtech.com's community boards.. we have alot of great users here, but you will get more specific feedback over there.
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That's nothing. Look at this case for $9 with 300W power supply:

http://www.sofsoft.com/midatxtow30p.html
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I got all my stuff today. Still waiting on some Arctic Silver 3 before I hook everything up.

Antec True480W Power supply: $63.75
Abit IT7 Motherboard: $152.00
Intel 1.8aGhz: $157.00
512MB PC3000 RAM: $180

All from newegg. Everything was free shipping except the motherboard which was only $4. Not bad at all
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Old 09-09-02, 06:51 PM
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Originally posted by asabase
That's nothing. Look at this case for $9 with 300W power supply:

http://www.sofsoft.com/midatxtow30p.html
when i said 27$.. I meant shipped
and the one I bought looked much sleeker
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Doh, didn't check shipping. $25 shipping from that place!! Only reason I know about it is that my roommate ordered some stuff from there.
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Old 09-17-02, 01:05 AM
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Finally got the Arctic Silver and hooked everything up.

There is definitly a problem with the AGP slot on the IT7. It is about 1/8" too close to the back of the computer. I really had to cram the card in to make it fit.
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