Introduction Its my first time to buy a computer of my own, the computers I
usually use are not mine. Iím just a plain user.But now, I have my own that I can be proud of.This is to let you know of my story from being an ordinary
user, to overclocker dude and hardware expert.
Searching for relevant data Iíve been working with computers for 6 years of my
life plus 4 years in college (by the way I graduated from AMA
Computer College, home of the "I Love You" virus. :-)).
whopping 10 years of work with computers without knowing what
their specs are!At first, I didnít know what specs I am going to build with.
then, my internet access in the office opened a whole new world for
me. And thatís computers, computers, and even more computers.For the motherboard I
seeked out ASUS, processor INTEL and AMD,
soundcard CREATIVE, and a myriad of many others concerning the parts
I was going to buy.
A secret found For others who donít know it. "Overclocking" is still a secret
(of course, its not a secret anymore if you know it already. :-)).While sifting through the vast amount of data before me, searching for hardware parts, I saw this
high tech researcher type of person that I am, I was readily amused by this
is this "Overclocking"?
As I read through all these web siteís reviews and stories, I
ended up imagining things on my own.What if I overclock the computer that I was about to buy?That would be real cool considering that I donít have to
pay for the extra megahertz I acquired from overclocking.
Selecting the path In this computer world of ours, you have to choose your own path.Itís whether you go INTEL or go AMD.Cyrix I think is not an option here because I donít see any
Cyrix processor being overclocked.So,I started
longing for the ultimate processor manufacturer that yields the most
searching through the internet, I found a web site with a CPU
database.This cpu database is a container of numerous overclocking
entries by many overclockers around the world.The web site is
OVERCLOCKERS.COM.As I was searching for AMD and INTEL overclocking data, I
noticed that there were more entries for INTEL rather than
AMD.And I also noticed
that for a single processor, there are more entries for the CELERON
processor than any other type.Judging from this discovery and what I read from
overclocking web sites, I discovered my processor, INTEL CELERON.
Selecting the motherboard
When it comes to the motherboard, what came to mind was ASUS, EPOX and
ABIT.In the office, the
most stable motherboard was ASUS. By the way, Iím from the EDP
department of a banking firm in the Philippines.However, I cannot judge that ASUS is the best because that's
just what we have in the office.I turned to the Internet again for answers
on what was the most
stable motherboard with a lot of overclocking options.As I have read
on the Internet, I noticed that ASUS is always
number one in stability, but not when it came to overclocking, and that ABIT
was also stable AND with a lot of overclocking options.EPOX is usually unheard of in the
many sites I found. Thatís
why I removed EPOX from my list.Judging from the many awards that was given to ASUS, I found
kind of ASUS board would I like to have? Well, it should be nothing
less than the newest model out.At
that time, the latest was the P3C-2000 and P3V4X.Based on my query on these boards, the P3C is far more
expensive than a P3V4X so I bought the latter.Thank GOD I didn't buy the P3C-2000 because after a month,
news of the i820's MTH bug came out.Then
there was the RAMBUS throughput problem.As for my P3V4X, I am very happy with it, knowing that this
is an award winning board from the most stable board manufacturer.For the features
of this board, please click here.
Or click here
for the OCManila review.