jade_angel wrote:Lian Li's cases are pretty good in general, but I personally prefer Fractal Design.
jade_angel wrote:...you could use a Voodoo5 5500 if you can find one, or a Voodoo3 3500 if not.
jade_angel wrote:...but if they don't, an AGP or PCI Voodoo3 certainly will.
vetz wrote:I would advice against such a build based on my own experiences. You are going into unknown area with beta drivers and unoptimized support on most of your components. Be prepared for lots of strange errors. If you can live with that fine, but then I dont know if you intend to use this system or if its just for playing around with to see what is possible.
I hope you didnt spend money on that RAM patch. You can tweak it for free by using himemx.
MrMateczko wrote:512MB GPUs do require a separate patch from R.Loew.
Tweaks only work up to 1GB of RAM. And since R.Loew's RAM patch is much better than any RAM tweaks, let him use it, it's his money.
agent_x007 wrote:I would recommend going Core 2 Duo E4xx0 instead of Pentium 4 HT.
More CPU power is good and Core 2 Duos can be downclocked to x6 multi if required.
agent_x007 wrote:E7500 is a 1066MHz chip (no OC room on this board), E5400 or E4xx0 are 800MHz CPU's and can be Overclocked by ~33%
E4600 @ 1066MHz = 3,2GHz.
E5400 @ 1066MHz = 3,6GHz.
Question is : How good of a deal you have on it.
3MB will be useful, but if you want to OC (or are low on $$), PDC and E4x00 are good options.
Core 2 Duo E4x00, does not require beta BIOS to work properly (some 45nm chips can experience "locked lowest multi" problem).
As for Pentium 4 to Core 2 Duo (Single Core) performance...
You would need at least 2x higher clock speed on Pentium 4, to reach Core 2 Duo's single core.
In XP Core 2 Duo simply annihilates Pentium 4 (Single Hyper Threaded core vs. true Dual Core is not even a contest).
PS. On your board, you can go up to QX9770 : LINK
agent_x007 wrote:That is a good deal for E7500
It will be great CPU for this setup (and with beta bios, it should work flawlessly).
Also : This MB doesn't support 4GB RAM regardless of BIOS (even beta BIOS has 32-bit adress limit).
Because of that, usable RAM for OS will be around 3GB (depending on GPU used).
PS. "Underclocking" you mentioned is only limited to locked multiplier CPU's
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