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Old 25th February, 2005, 01:00 PM
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Question a little help,, Epox or Abit

hello, this is my first post, please by gently ,i hope there will be more, while i advance in the OCworld,, well, to the point, i have the oportunity of update my old msi ms-6119 celeron556, but had to choose beetwen Epox and Abit.
the specific model are ep-8rda3+ pro,nf7s v2.0 or the an7,, all in this forum have more expericed than my using this mobos,, help to choose,, the rest: cpu semprom 2400+ y 256 mb kingston ,, my budget is limited,, but i accept another brands of mobos, thanx sorry how i write
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Old 25th February, 2005, 01:53 PM
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the AN7 isnt in the same ball park as the 8RDA / NF7. If its a REV. 2.0, then definately the NF7 over the 8rda. If its an old revision NF7, then go the EPoX. the epox and the abit are both quality, stable boards and you cant go wrong with either, though the abit OCs better. Ask SteveI about NF7s, hes got about 5 of them from memory and loves them to death. The abit and epox are almost identical to use and have the same feel to them.
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Depends what your budget is and what you want out of the board.
The NF7-S v2 is a great board, but you could save some cash and get the NF7 v2 if you dont need SATA and have a decent sound card already. The AN7 is more expensinve than the NF7-S v2 so might be mroe than you can afford??
The 8RDA+'s are legendary and quite cheap too,so worth a look.

If you plan on overclocking and pushing your CPU maybe you should see if you can get hold of a XP2500/2600+ Mobile Barton over the Sempron.

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Old 26th February, 2005, 03:55 AM
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abit is a go ,nf7s v2.0 128dolars ,or the an7 133dolars .. i can buyit but i need reason, the only thing i heard are negative thing with the uguru feature, but they are fixed by bios update??? or mod bios,, i like some of the stuff that boards brings (nf7S, an7), the epox too, the gigabit lan seduced my

the cpu part: semprom is 333 fsb posible oc at 400??80dolar, or better an xp2000 fsb 266 and oC it a 400 fsb 75dolars, or even better a mobile xp2000 90 dolars where i live, more expensive but i think is affordable,,and the cooling system,what recomends if i oc the xps.
more work to get more cash,, but i dont wanna expend too much on a amd32 system, when the next year; the amd64 systems will by more afordable.. thanx for your opinions "Lazgoat and Dsio"
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Old 26th February, 2005, 10:39 AM
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I dont know how the Semprons overclock, but you are pretty much assured of 2.4-2.5Ghz with an XP2500+ Mobile Barton, just make sure it is an IQxx stepping chip and you have good cooling.
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I dont know how the Semprons overclock, but you are pretty much assured of 2.4-2.5Ghz with an XP2500+ Mobile Barton, just make sure it is an IQxx stepping chip and you have good cooling.
Well, sometimes it depends on the week of production and almost always on good luck - I know some folks with IQYHA stepping and their CPUs are barely doing 2.4GHz with WC and really high V-core (there has been at least one bad week for this stepping, unfortunately I can't recall the number). On the other hand, most of those XP-M 2500+ 1.45v will run 2.4-2.5GHz, as you've written.

As to batch number, although nobody has mentioned it - in my opinion it's just a fairytale.

As to mobos - Abit NF7 v2.0 has the biggest choice of modified bioses and should be cheap (about 50-60 Euro in Poland), Epox 8RDA3+ PRO just one (which I'm currently using), but is a much newer product with native SATA controller, Gigabit LAN and so on. I think all of the mentioned mobos, including AN7, would suit your needs, ika02ar.

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I don't know where you have to buy your equipment from, but in US you can find NF7-S Ver 2.0 in the high $80 range pretty easy online, and AN7 for less than $100, I think the EPoX boards are the bargain, but you should be able to find a 2600 Mobile for less than a 2800 Sempron... I know you said 2400.... Mobiles are worth it.

I have a 2800 Sempron and have yet to get more than a 5% overclock... (The Warden uses that Machine and I have limited access......she bites)..It does seem very hit or miss when it comes to overclocking Semprons

I think any of the boards you have selected are good but you should try a Mobile to get the most out of it.
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ok,, thanks for all the opinions,, i will try to get a mobile and a thermaltake cooler,,
i hope soon i can give my results , when i OC this system,
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