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Old 12-05-03, 08:27 AM
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Help! K7S8X or NF7-S...Need to order something TONIGHT!

Ok, based on reccommendations I have narrowed it down to the NF7-S, or the Asrock K7S8X...the Asrock is much cheaper, so is there still a reason I need the K7S8X?

Also, I have 512K ddr 2100 Crucial, is this going to work in the K7S8K? Or would I need to upgrade the ram? I will do it eventually, but here is what i want to do:

1. Buy the K7S8X (if its still suggested)
2. Buy A 2500+ Barton possibly
3. and use my current ram...if I would have to buy new ram then reccommend a different
mobo...thanks.

Also, I dont need to worry about O/C...I am still a O/C novice, but currently I just want a new mobo and cpu to compliment my 9800pro..

So, will my current 2100 DDR work in the K7S8X (also will this be a "decent" step up from my ESC K7S5A?) I have to order this TONIGHT! Since I sold my old 1700+ and have to get it in the mail so I have to order a new barton or regular 2500+ and I might as well order a new mobo while im at it and get rid of this K7S5A ASAP....BUT I have to get something tonight, so I need a mobo (cheap) that will work with the barton and my current ram 2100...because I dont want to be without a comp for days and also dont want to be ordering new mobo, new cpu and new ram tonight....so, what do you reccommend? Thanks Of course if you can suggest something other than those two, be my guest, just try to stick within the guidlines

ABIT NF7-S $108 Newegg
K7S8X $48 Newegg


My Rig:
9800 Pro
Athlon 1700+
ECS K7S5A
512k DDR 2100
Win XP
Old 12-05-03, 10:18 AM
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1st. If you want to compliment your 9800Pro and your 2500+, you should get some new RAM w/ specs of PC3200, or DDR400. The 2500+'s default FSB is 333 but can be adjusted to 400 in the BIOS easily, which will then be in sync w/ PC3200 RAM. Using PC2100 RAM will lower system performance significantly.

Stick w/ Abit NF7-S if you got the money, but if you're trying to save some, get a MSI KT6 Delta-LSR or K7N2 Delta-L. Stable mobos which are no prone to cool boots like the Abit and Epox mobos.
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I really think the Albatron KX18D Pro II, for $98 shipped at Newegg, is the best deal going in AMD motherboards. It's hella fast, has tons of features, has gotten very good reviews and is extremely stable. Awesome board and I'd buy it over the NF7-S and A7N8X Deluxe again in a heartbeat. Mine has been running a 2500+ (1.83 GHz) at 2.343 GHz, 24/7, for the last 2 months, not one hiccup. It's perfect.

KX18D Pro II at Newegg:
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProduc...2&searchdepa=1

I also agree with what FuzzyBallz said about the memory, would recommend 1GB of Kingston Hyper-X PC3200 for $176 -- it's on sale right now at the Kingston web site: http://www.ec.kingston.com/shop/part...=KHX3200AK2/1G

P.S. -- the Albatron will also work just fine with the PC2100 (it would actually run with old PC1600 if you had to) until you can upgrade the mem. You just won't be able to run the 2500+ to its full capacity until you put in PC3200, as the 2500+ will (very) easily and (very) safely overclock to 3200+ speeds (400 FSB).

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Thanks guys, if I dont want to O/C do I need the 2500+ barton? Why not get the 2400 2ghz... then would there be a different MOBO you would suggest?
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I'd go with the Albatron regardless of which Athlon you decide on, but I really think you should go with the Barton CPU -- in addition to overclocking (it's so easy it's silly!) like a champ, it has extra cache, giving you a performance boost over the non-Barton chips whether you overclock or not. I had not overclocked until I got the 2500+, and I was worried about damaging something, but the Albatron BIOS was extremely easy to navigate and made overclocking the CPU very easy. Gives you a $325 chip for $90. Nice deal! Anyway, I hope you enjoy it no matter what you decide to do. Upgrading is fun!

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