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Old 09-05-2004, 03:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm going to get a new mobo (my 1st time getting a new one), the Abit AN7 Guru. I currently have the ASRock K7S8X and i believe it will be a LOT better performance. Links: Abit AN7 - http://www.dabs.com/UK/productview?quicklinx=2TCY and ASRock K7S8X - http://www.dabs.com/UK/productview?quicklinx=2FC4

So,
1. Will i have to format my hard drive and reinstall windows?

2. Will it actually gve me better performance?

3. Will i be able to overclock to a 3200+ (200x11)?

4. Will my ram be ok if it is value ram with this overclock?
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1. would be better, yes
2. yes
3. yes
4. not sure

please correct me if I'm wrong
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well on the first one yea u would see a better performance if u reinstall and all that but if ur too lazy u can go to the windows xp repair console i think its called and do a repair thing and thatll configure xp to ur new board. Srry i couldnt be specific try looking around i heard it sumwhere in tf i think
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Old 09-05-2004, 04:38 PM   #4 (permalink)
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1) You will have to reformat to obtain maximum stability.

2) That motherboard alone will give you better performance. And uGuru is very useful.

3) Yes you can overclock to 3200+, but you will have to change the stock heatsink/fan with something more powerful.

4) You can overclock value RAM to a certain extent. Your best bet would be to buy the Vantec RAM Cover, and some heatsinks. Very inexpensive.
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Oh sorry it doesnt say in my signature but i already have a Thermaltake Volcano 12 Extreme Edition so that will be OK for overclocking
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Yes it will. I strongly recommend using Arctic Silver 5, if you don't have it.
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Whats the difference between all these thermal compounds
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I just posted about replacing the stock heatsink/fan and what thermal compound should be used. You can find it here.

The difference in thermal compounds is how they are made. Some ingredience will have a much bigger impact on overall cooling. Arctic Silver 5 is currently the most effective.
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Ok thanks, ill order the AN7 soon, and also some arctic silver 5.

PS I see you have the VGA Silencer Rev 3 so ill be getting that aswel , considering you seem to know your stuff :nerd: lol thanks for the help
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Not a problem!

You will be very pleased with the VGA Silencer (Rev 3). I have been able to get some insane frequencies out of my GPU with it. It is by far, the most effective VGA cooler on the market.
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