Sorry for coming back, I forgot to mention that it is with XP Pro.
TNT2 (don't play game and don't really need more)
Sound Blaster Live (also don't play game and same as above..)
Maxtor 30 et 80 Gig, 7200 rpm
Router SMC with Barricade (no more za or other stuff)
Good sound system with the computer
Burner and other "er's"...
By what you've told us there wouldnt be much point in getting the KT400 because you would have to get a different graphics card to take advantage of the AGP 8x which will set you back at least $400 when the ATI radeon 9700 and NV30 are released and the extra speed in ram would be limited anyway by the FSB of the athlons only being 266MHz.
you're right, I don't do anything special with my machine, searching on the web for info, looking around on sites for new softwares or new hardware but I really enjoy having a good service from what I have. I also tweak a lot and since I do that I have to re-install often always making sure that I have backup for all I need...playing around to have more knowledge but sometimes it's freaking me out of course
I just want to know about my choices and I also need information from people who knows more than me...is there any better way to learn
One thing I would advise is looking around for reviews on the different peices of hardware you are looking into getting. I would post some links for ya but i'm not sure if it would be against the new forum guidelines
A7V333 is just fine, be sure to flash to the latest bios rev. (1011_final) as they seem to have corrected the temp reading issue.
I had bios 1009_beta1, temps were 50°C with room at 24-25°C. As soon as I flashed the bios to rev. 1011 final, temps went down to 42°C ! I'm currently fully satisfied with this board and not worried anymore with temps. When I first powered on this mobo with Alpha pal6035, temps went up to 63-65°C ! I changed the hsf for a cheaper one all copper and temps downed to 59-60°C... I finally found the best team for me: ThermalTake Volcano 7 + Artic Silver 3. Temps went down to 50-53°C which was quite satisfaying, but I hadn't flashed the bios yet...
I'm happy now
Excellent motherboard / perfs ! A good and uptodate choice for you, I recommend to you !
thanks all for your answers and suggestions. Asus is my preferate mobo and it's my choice again for my new XP 2200+ CPU. I also have good prices on Gigabyte mobo, in fact 50$ less than Asus but I've never tried one and don't know too much about them.