KT7 Raid - XP 2500 locked - Replacement suggestions

Discussion in 'Abit' started by Roy Jordan, Feb 8, 2004.

  1. Roy Jordan

    Roy Jordan Guest

    I purchased an Athlon XP 2500 to upgrade but found it was locked and only
    gets 1.1 GHz. I am now thinking about replacing this motherboard with
    another motherboard for that chip to get additional speed and using this
    motherboard and the old chip at another stattion.

    I am looking for suggestions for an upgarde with this CPU - either a
    barebones system or a new motherboard for that CPU and corresponding memory
    suggestions.. I don't really need raid but do need good sound if internal on
    MB for voice dictation. This uniit is used mostly for word processing,
    email, voice dictation, scanning photos and photoshop usage (WinXP Home
    Service Pack 1 with 512 RAM). I have been satisfied with this MBoard after
    switching to XP (Win98 was always a problem) but have considered the nvidia
    chipset on an Asus. This KT7 Raid Via Chipset was finiky and took a long
    time to fiddle with settings to get good stability with optimum speed.
    (Thanks to Paul Howland's site for the great information!)
    Roy Jordan, Feb 8, 2004
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    Wes Newell Guest

    Ram is easy. Buy the fastest you can at a reasonable price. PC4000 right
    now. PC3200 minimum.
    MB's is a different story. Maybe an NF7-S if you want good quality sound,
    or if standard AC97 is ok and want cheap and easy to setup, then maybe an
    Asrock K7S8XE (standard, R3, or + model with sata raid). Even the top +
    model is only about $56 shipped.
    Wes Newell, Feb 8, 2004
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    - HAL9000 Guest

    Voice dictation as in 'voice recognition'? If so, just off hand, I
    would wonder if any internal sound card would be worthy. Don't know,
    but it might be consideration.

    The criteria being signal-to-noise ratio. Having (1) digital
    components on the same board (motherboard) as (2) analog (sound)
    components often produces a poor signal-to-noise ratio. This is
    especially important for the 'low level' microphone signal.


    Motherboard Help By HAL web site:

    On Sun, 8 Feb 2004 07:50:39 -0500, "Roy Jordan"

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    - HAL9000, Feb 8, 2004
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