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AMD Athlon XP 3000+ Retro Build

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Going to go back to the very beginning of my computer career with this one. Back in 2004, this was only the second build of my life and I was just learning the ropes. Seeing the DDR performance gains to be had, it led directly to my overclocking hobby and inspired my drive for maximum performance.

I've managed to keep the processor for all these years just waiting for the right time to bring it out of hibernation. And that's exactly what we are going to do- and I'm going to keep this new build as close as possible to the original build specifications, so stay tuned.

1) Starting with the CPU, I spent a couple hours fixing bent pins - we are now back in business!
2) Just purchased a like new Asus A7N8X Deluxe board (original board was an Asus A7N8X)
3) Purchased the last remaining massive 80mm masscool CPU cooler off Amazon. Original cooler was the same, a Masscool 5f394b1l3g
4) Slowly been collecting RAM for this project and I now have 2GB of PC3200 to throw at it
5) I still have my original Creative Labs DXR3 DVD kit to install as well as a 250 w PSU
6) I have a decent case and only thing left to find is a good video card
7) I intend on running an Intel 80GB Sata II SSD
8) I plan on running Windows 7 if at all possible

So the next step is waiting for parts to arrive and then I can really get down to the nitty gritty. So for now, enjoy a few pics of the pre-build and I'll update this thread going forward!
Original AMD ATHLON XP 3000+, Barton Core, 2.1Ghz, 400Mhz FSB
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I myself want to go back to that Era. I had the AMD ATHLON 2000+ 1.7 OC'd to 1.9 with 2GB RAM with GeForce4 Ti 4200 8x and a 420W PSU XP running it. May go back in time as my G'Pa left me a old hp but the case is heavy... :banghead:
 
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I myself want to go back to that Era. I had the AMD ATHLON 2000+ 1. 7 OC'd to 1.9 with 2GB RAM with GeForce4 Ti 4200 8x and a 420W PSU XP running it. May go back in time as my G'Pa left me a old hp but the case is heavy... :banghead:
Yep, my case is old and heavy but should get the job done. Here is one, almost identical except my case does NOT have the see through side panel.

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Yeah but this is just stock HP goodness but again at the time cases were heavy
 
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#5
That looks like a lot of fun, especially when you load up Half Life, purely for testing purposes of course.
 
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That looks like a lot of fun, especially when you load up Half Life, purely for testing purposes of course.
You read my mind! Already have Half-Life downloaded for that specific purpose. One of my favorite games of all time. In fact, at a time we had 5-6 computers in the house with half-life deathmatch. Invite some friends over and that's one hell of a good way to spend your time!
 
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Is it the bad image quality, or does the CPU die has some damage in it?
 
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What damage? I see none :twitch:
 
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I have that board with a xp 2500 Mobile chip.
 
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Just normal wear and tear... little wear on the corners from taking the heatsink on and off again a few times but she runs just fine :)
Never been overheated or anything like that. :thumb:
Yeah, these can handle a little damage.. But 250W PSU, even for a retro build, I'd go for at least 350W.
 
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A 430W I'd recommend :pimp:
 
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Yeah, these can handle a little damage.. But 250W PSU, even for a retro build, I'd go for at least 350W.
Chip is not damaged, just normal wear and tear. Not sure what you are seeing that everyone else is not. As for the PSU, yeah I have a number of them including a 480W that will likely be swapped in. I just have to extricate it from an existing system! Can't wait to get this thing fired up!
 
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This is the case/pc my G'Pa left me. A P4 32-BIT :rolleyes: (going to get a 64-bit one) and that's it. May upgrade the ram to 3GB. The GPU is a 4830

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How much? I may have to check with my friend as he buys the part for me. He really nice as he was friends with my brother. Me and him love computers.
 
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How is the A7N8X deluxe for overclocking? Have you had good success with your XP 2500? I assume I will have to do FSB overclocking as my chip is "super-locked"
For overclokcing its a decent board. I also have a epox board that is similar to it nforce chipset and it oc's a lot higher than the asus.
 
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Yes and hopefully you have one and I'll let him know
 
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Yes and hopefully you have one and I'll let him know
Ill check my P4 stockpile later today and let you know what I find... hopefully we can get you set up with something a little faster / 64 bit. Can you post up a CPU z screenshot of that p4 system? I'd like to see the specs on that CPU to make sure we get you something that will work correctly.
 
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Uhh give me a few min as it's in my closet. Plus it'll be hard to carry as I can't walk completely due to my Car Accident
 

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Going to go back to the very beginning of my computer career with this one. Back in 2004, this was only the second build of my life and I was just learning the ropes. Seeing the DDR performance gains to be had, it led directly to my overclocking hobby and inspired my drive for maximum performance.

I've managed to keep the processor for all these years just waiting for the right time to bring it out of hibernation. And that's exactly what we are going to do- and I'm going to keep this new build as close as possible to the original build specifications, so stay tuned.

1) Starting with the CPU, I spent a couple hours fixing bent pins - we are now back in business!
2) Just purchased a like new Asus A7N8X Deluxe board (original board was an Asus A7N8X)
3) Purchased the last remaining massive 80mm masscool CPU cooler off Amazon. Original cooler was the same, a Masscool 5f394b1l3g
4) Slowly been collecting RAM for this project and I now have 2GB of PC3200 to throw at it
5) I still have my original Creative Labs DXR3 DVD kit to install as well as a 250 w PSU
6) I have a decent case and only thing left to find is a good video card
7) I intend on running an Intel 80GB Sata II SSD
8) I plan on running Windows 7 if at all possible

So the next step is waiting for parts to arrive and then I can really get down to the nitty gritty. So for now, enjoy a few pics of the pre-build and I'll update this thread going forward!
Original AMD ATHLON XP 3000+, Barton Core, 2.1Ghz, 400Mhz FSB
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Windows 7 will run, you may need to try these chipset drivers so a AGP card will run at max capability, this is unverified.

https://sites.google.com/site/nf2stuff/
 
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My second build was an athlon XP 3000+ too. First was a 2200+. Made the mistake of putting in a Geforce FX 5900 instead of a 9700 pro. Heck, I might still have that system somewhere.
 
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