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    Which Mobo

    I am gonna be getting the Athlon XP 1600+ and plan on overclocking. This system will be used for a little gaming and Internet Surfing.

    Help me choose one of these Mobo's:

    1.)Epox 8k3a w/ RAID

    2.)MSI KT3 Ultra2(6380E-050) Retail

    3.)ECS K7S5A SiSŪ 735 SOCKET A MOTHERBOARD - RETAIL (Is this a decent overclocker?)

    4.)Soyo SY-KT333 DRAGON Lite ATX Motherboard Retail

    5.) Other?
    Current Rig:
    AMD Athlon Barton 2500+ (Volcano 9);Asus A7N8X-E; Geforce 6800; Samsung 512mb PC-2700 DDR333; 80gig WD Special Edition HardDrive; DVD-ROM; Cendyne CDRW; Sound Blaster; WinXP

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    For overclocking take away the ECS as your choice. Soyo will not do a better job than the MSI and Epox either. But one more you would want to consider is the Abit KX7-333
    Other than that, if you want to be able to gain some major speed from OCing, try and see whether you can get an "AROIA Y" stepping XP1600+. I've seen other people on sites able to reach 1.8Ghz from the XP1600+(Stock 1.4Ghz) and here, LT-73 have one running stable on Abit KX7-333 1.4Ghz@1.9Ghz

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    Epox 8k5a3+

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    Thumbs up

    Abit or Epox

    As Cy jusr mentioned, don't bother with ECS. They're great boards but not for overclocking.

    Either the Epox 8K5A+ (which is the new 8K3A) or the Abit KX7-333 (which i have) or 333r (Raid)

    I give my board 5stars !! Best board i've ever had and it rocks !!!

    Don't go for anything else. These 2 boards are the top players in oc'ing !

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    thanks guys...

    Just ordered:

    -AMD Athlon XP 1600+
    -Abit KX7-333R
    -Volcano 9
    -Case Chieftec DX-01sld
    -Some Rounded Cables

    Current Rig:
    AMD Athlon Barton 2500+ (Volcano 9);Asus A7N8X-E; Geforce 6800; Samsung 512mb PC-2700 DDR333; 80gig WD Special Edition HardDrive; DVD-ROM; Cendyne CDRW; Sound Blaster; WinXP

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    Originally posted by Paindriver
    thanks guys...

    Just ordered:

    -AMD Athlon XP 1600+
    -Abit KX7-333R
    -Volcano 9
    -Case Chieftec DX-01sld
    -Some Rounded Cables

    WTG !! Lemme know when you get it and i'll help ya tweak it so it'll scream !

    (lemme know if you wanna get rid of that 8K3A )

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    Originally posted by LT-73
    WTG !! Lemme know when you get it and i'll help ya tweak it so it'll scream !
    yeah i will need help tweaking it for sure.


    (lemme know if you wanna get rid of that 8K3A )
    Actually this AMD 1600+ will be my secondary cpu setup. The setup in my sig is just my pure gaming rig
    Current Rig:
    AMD Athlon Barton 2500+ (Volcano 9);Asus A7N8X-E; Geforce 6800; Samsung 512mb PC-2700 DDR333; 80gig WD Special Edition HardDrive; DVD-ROM; Cendyne CDRW; Sound Blaster; WinXP

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    okey dokey

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