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Hello,

I'm looking for a good online website for purchasing motherboards
and CPUs. Back in Dallas, there were computer shops where I could
go buy these, but here in Atlanta I haven't found any yet. And I've
heard you can get some very good prices through mail-order. I have
one or two sites that have what I'm looking for, but since I haven't
bought from them before, I was looking for feedback from anyone who
has purchased these kinds of items. I'll probably use mwave.com
unless anyone can point me to some other sites. I'm looking for chips
in the 2-3GHz range and a good motherboard to support it. I may be
overclocking as well. Any info appreciated.

Much thanks,
DrD
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Welcome DrD!

My two personal favorites are newegg.com, and googlegear.com. Check out resselerratings.com and you'll see newegg has one of the highest ratings of any online retailer, they also have awesome pricing, and great cusotmer service. :D

I like the Barton 2500+ processor and an nForce2 motherboard (either Epox or Asus). Combine them with some quality DDR 3200 RAM and you should be able to get some nice overclocks. Many people report getting 3200+ performance from their 2500+ using the stock retail heasink and fan. Pretty nice performance for a $95 chip! <_<

If you favor Intel, the best overclocker is probably the P4 2.4C (w/800 mhz FSB). I've read most are able to overclock easily to 3ghz. It seems the Intel 865 motherboards also offer good "bang for the Buck", but I don't follow Intel MB's as closely. Again, good quality fast RAM is essential to reaching your overclocking potential (and a good power supply).

Good luck, please let us know how it goes, and share your experience.
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Thanks, that's very good info. I've checked out the websites you
mentioned. Here's a few follow up questions. Is the only difference
between AMD ATHLON XP 2500+ "Barton" 333 and AMD ATHLON XP
2500 "Barton" 333 is that the first one can be overclocked ? Also, what
is the meaning of Barton and also Thoroughbred ? Are they just names
of the different classes of CPU ?
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The Barton is the newest revision of the XP core. It has a larger L2 cache than the Thoroughbred for better performance (512K -vs- 256K).

Barton 2500 and 2500+ are the same chip. If there are two models shown it's because one is an OEM version, and one is the retail version. The retail version includes the heatsink and fan, and a longer one year warranty. The OEM doesn't have a heatsink and fan, and only a 30 day warranty. Often the retail version are newer steppings, and capable of better overclocks.
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there out there in your address line put computer parts I like this one
www.tigerdirect.com I find there prices are good and they shop someday of order
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https://www.emccomputers.com
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