How hard is this gonna be to setup?

Discussion in 'OT Technology' started by ryancutler, Nov 21, 2003.

  1. ryancutler

    ryancutler Guest

    ECS K7S7AG, S.462, 266/333FSB, Video/Audio/LAN, DDR333/400, Retail Box
    AMD Athlon™ XP 2800+ Barton 640K 333FSB OEM
    Thermaltake Volcano 5 Socket A Fan
    512MB DDR400 PC3200 Non-ECC Samsung
    V-Tech ATX MidTower 300W P.S. w/Front Audio, Firewire & USB

    I just ordered all this shit and now I'm wondering how difficult it actually is to build a system. I've been messing with computers for 8-9years and I am comfortable with disassembling them, just haven't ever put one together.. :wiggle:


    Thanks

    plus, is $415 a good deal for everything?
     
  2. col_panic

    col_panic calm like a bomb Moderator

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    not hard - the instructions with the mobo will be easy enough to follow.

    the only thing i don't like is the onboard video
     
  3. ryancutler

    ryancutler Guest

    I didn't want to go with onboard video, but price was a MAJOR factor. My budget is right around $550 and I still need to buy a 120gig HD....
     
  4. affende

    affende Guest

    not hard at all, just follow teh instruction that come with teh mobo... and the price don't seem too bad
     
  5. Blindsight

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    You should have got a Barton 2500 :nono: They are all the same cores, just set at different default FSB and multiplier. Just change those settings in BIOS and you magically have a 3200 after purchasing the lowly 2500 :bigthumb: (RAM, mobo, and other things may limit this though)

    Also Volcano 5 (volcano anything actually) = garbage. I'd rather have the stock HSF than a volcano. Too loud for my tastes... :hs:
     
  6. ryancutler

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    So, I'll assume the 2800 can also be overclocked to the 3200?

    Damn, I wish I would've known that, would've saved me $50... :hs:
     
  7. Penguin Man

    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    Nope, 2800 isn't Barton core.

    As for assembly, it's pretty easy, I did my first one this summer and didn't run into any problems. Good reference can be found here.

    Edit: I'm sure you CAN OC a 2800 to 3200 speeds, but from what I hear the Barton core chips take the OCing much better than the other ones.
     
  8. ryancutler

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    I got the 2800 barton... :dunno:
     
  9. Penguin Man

    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    Ah, if it's a 2800 Barton core then presumably it can be OCed as far as if not farther than the 2500 Barton.
     
  10. Blindsight

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    As far, same exact core (basically)
     
  11. ryancutler

    ryancutler Guest

    I hope that mobo allows it... :x:


    Anyone have any experience with it, or that brand?
     
  12. Blindsight

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    My friend had a KS75A? Or something like that. I didn't ever go into the BIOS though.. but ECS is not really known for overclocking ability.

    Big lesson... spend your money on a nice motherboard rather than a fancy processor. You can always OC for free, but it costs money to replace a shitty mobo. And you WILL usually want to replace a shitty mobo, while a good one will grow on you and you will keep it forever :hs:
     
  13. Penguin Man

    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    Yep, that was my strategy with this machine... I went with a mobo with more features and speed than I'll use for right now, but it'll probably last for a few upgrades and some serious overclocking before I replace it. In fact, my mobo cost almost as much as my processor did (mobo was $130ish processor was $150ish).
     
  14. Blindsight

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    What mobo do you have? I'm building around an Abit NF7-s right now :love:
     
  15. Penguin Man

    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    Asus A7N8X (not the deluxe or the -X, the regular one). It was actually a pretty good deal considering the onboard sound and ethernet, and seems to be a good board.
     
  16. Orgazmo

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    Piece of cake, been building my own pc's for nearly 8 years, built one similar to that about 6 months ago, and just built one with an Athlon 64 FX 2 days ago.
     
  17. Mugatu

    Mugatu Ask me about market research. OT Supporter

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    it's easy and fun - just take your time and don't force anything

    As a side note - I had a friend who took a file to a PCI board once because it wouldn't fit - needless to say that is not a good idea :)
     

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