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Discussion in 'Overclocking & Cooling' started by UnkAsn93, Jun 1, 2008.

  1. UnkAsn93

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    Hey all,

    I was reading on the net, and I've found the Abit AN7 to be a pretty desent Socket A overclocker, and I was wondering of your opinions... I just ordered one and I'm waiting for it. How well does it really overclock? Did I get robbed $70?

    What kind of CPU would be best for it? IE. What xxxx+ AMD XP should I have in it? Note: I'm getting a water cooling kit for it. I'm looking for something under $60.

    What type of RAM should I use (PC3200, or that PC4xxxx OCer DDR)? Right now, I have 256MB PC2700 (Pulled it from my server) of Corsair XMS.

    What kind of Graphics card should I get? I know it's AGP, but I don't know what type would be good for this, IE, something to prevent a bottleneck or whatever.

    What type of PSU should I get? How many watts, amps, etc.. I've read of a cheap-o PSU case doing fine, but I am a little nervous of doing it?

    My final question: Are there any TPU'ers who have had an AN7? If so, could you please tell me your expiernces via PM or post here? I need to know first hand expirence.

    Thanks people!

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    When I get it, I'll keep you all updated with it.
     
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    :slap:think you got robbed but anyway...

    If you search ebay for socket a amd processors, you'll see a pair of mp2600 cpus for action(no bids at the time I posted this).

    You can find PC4000 mushkin Redline 1GB sticks currently selling on newegg for $57.99

    You can find the AGP 8X HIS 3850 on sale on newegg for around $160, but I'm not sure a single core 2600 could keep up with it(someone with more knowledge needs to speak up here). If the 2600 can't handle the speed of the 3850, you can find 1650 pro cards for sale on the egg also.

    PSU wise, a PC Power a cooling PSU in the 500 watt range will be plenty. Actually you'll probably be safe using the 420 watt PSU ($69.99 on newegg)
     
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    Just adding to your information, Barbaric, hope you don't mind.

    I agree that a ~400W PSU will handle just fine. A 2600 BARTON core would only show small bottlenecking when gaming @ higher res. Also, I hate to say it but, you got ripped, although it is a good board in its prime!
     
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    Its DDR with 250MHz stock speed(500MHz total or PC4000) Worked great with 939's and at least the ram wont hold back you OC ambitions.

    Im sure somewhere on the interwebz is a compatable ram list for that mobo by now!


    Edit :

    this link shows the mobo will support dual channel 400MHz...so it will allow you to OC the Pc400 with little effort only voltage!
     
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    @ sneekypeet, I never thought of looking it up...

    The linky price seems rather high though... I'm trying to go as cheap as possible.
     
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    cdawall where the hell are my stars

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    find some TCCD or CT-5/CE-f5somewhere ultra DDR400 normally is CT-5 just check they will do 550 2.5-3-2-7 and out perform TCCD @ 600+ (look on XS if you dont believe me)

    and a 1400+ mobile chip would be fun i have yet to see one do under 2.1ghz but a barton 2600+ like jr said is a good little chip
     
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    I had a 1600+ T-bred OC'd to 2GHz, very unstable. (on some asus board)

    I was thinking of maybe a 3200+ Barton, but they're incredibly expensive!
     
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    cdawall where the hell are my stars

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    nah 2600+ so much better/cheaper
     
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    I don't know if a Skt462 is going to get to a 250 MHz FSB!

    Pretty much all of the Bartons ran a 166 MHz, most of them could push 200 MHz on a good cooler, but much more than that was finnicky.

    I would run the Ballistix over the Mushkin. Have not had good experiences with DDR Mushkin ram as of late, they do not overclock well at all, and are very difficult to get running at stock speeds (and no it isn't a ram problem -- just hard to get tweaked out on my DFI Expert). I stuck with the tried-n-true Samsung SCCC (1GB Modules) after I finished up with my Samsung TCCD (512MB Modules) :D!

    Those 2600+ Mobiles are Barton's aren't they? The extra cache on them babies really helped them out, and they OCd a lot better than their predecessors. As I understood, all of the mobiles were really good overclockers...

    I'm curious to see how this little 'project' works out!
     
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    no my MSI K7N2-delta could push a 250mhz bus
     
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