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Newb With Amd Help

  1. Apr 23, 2004 #1
    K, My first AMD system.
    I bought the MSI K7N2Delta Deluxe.
    I bought an AMD 3000+
    Dual 512 Corsair DDR-400
    BIOS reads that I have the correct Retail CPU
    100MHZ FSB?
    Am I missing anything?
    XP says I have a nice 1.30 GHZ going.
    What should my FSB be set to in the Award BIOS?
    I have an AMD 64 but that was all automatic and HIGHLY easy to set up.
    But I'm kinda new to the basic XP area.
    Help appreciated.
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  3. Apr 23, 2004 #2
    You should have a 200MHz fsb.
  4. Apr 23, 2004 #3
    If you have a 333 FSB Barton 3000+, you should set the FSB to 166, unless you want to deliberately overclock it. If you have a 400 FSB Barton 3000+, you should set (as faust9 said) the FSB to 200. Which one of these two Bartons do you have, by the way?

    It seems strange that the final clock speed says 1.30 GHz. What is your multiplier set at?
  5. Apr 23, 2004 #4


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    If you are confident in your computer's cooling system, keep setting the FSB higher and higher until Windows is unable to boot. Then set the FSB back by about 10mhz.
  6. Apr 23, 2004 #5
    10mhz would be one hundredth of a gigahertz. Maybe you meant, "...set the FSB back by about 100mhz."
  7. Apr 24, 2004 #6


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    Why the heck would you do that? Mine was normally 166, but I have it at 205 right now. I went to 215 and Windows couldn't boot so I set it to 205. If I had set it back by 100, that would be 115mhz FSB. That would mean the system is underclock by a substantial amount.
  8. Apr 24, 2004 #7
    Sorry. Nevermind. You were right, ShawnD. I confused FSB with final clock speed for a second there.
  9. Apr 27, 2004 #8
    Whoa thanks for the replies!
    I have the 333 mhz Barton.
    Thought it was the 400mhz but uinfortunetly it wasn't.
    I'm experiancing a weird thing though.
    Is it normal with the Retail Heat Sync to experiance 50C avg temp to 58 deg C?
    I have 2 Exhaust fans and 2 Intakes.
    Then 1 Fan dedicated to cooling my HDD's.
    The system is my media center so to speak. heh
  10. Apr 27, 2004 #9
    You can see what other users consider normal by reading the AMD reviews at newegg.com, but off the top of my head 50-58C for stock speed sounds high. Maybe a (very thin) coat of Arctic Silver and/or cleaning the top of the CPU would help. (Disclosure: I have only built one system and that was a Duron back in the year 2000 and not overclocked. My average CPU temperature was a little over 100 degrees F. I didn't bother trying to do anything to reduce it.)
  11. Apr 27, 2004 #10
    Hmmm, interesting. I just bought some Arctic silver heh. I was also thinking about picking up a Thermaltake Heatsync for improved decrease in temp. see, right now my CPU temp is 54 C. A bit high in my opinion and all I'm doing is basic Windows XP Pro processes. My CPU rises to 58 C when I'm playing Homeworld 2 or anything else that requires CPU power.
    Kinda weird but I guess it's expected with an AMD. Just odd that I get these high power fluxuations with a Retail CPU as opposed to an OEM like my AMD64 which runs at 50C top. lol
    Thx for the replies and help :)
  12. Apr 28, 2004 #11
    Avg Temp is now 49-51 deg C. I bought the Arctic Silver, realligned some Fans, but still I'm not seeing a temp decrease I'd like.
    So is it normal for my 3000+ 333 Barton to run at 49-52 C Avg Temp with Retail Heat Sync? My AMD64 3200+ runs at 45 C Avg now that I applied the Silver.
    Kinda odd that such a difference would exist. Could it possibly be the DDR-400 mixed with 333FSB of the CPU causing it to heat excessively?
    Hmmm, I thought I was buying a 400mhz Barton. I should have double checked before I spent what I did. Bah, sucks I let myself get caught up in the Seattle Rush of things and had too much coffee. lol
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