I am thinking about upgrading my CPU from an XP2400 Thoroughbred to a XP3000 Barton. I have the earlier version of the Asus A7N8X board which means that I cannot use a 400fsb chip so I am going with the 3000, not the 3200. Of course I will have to change the memory to the higher speed too- I thought for stability I would stay with the same brand I have now- Corsair XMS. Probably use PC 2700 since the early tests on the board showed it was more effecient if the frequencies match- also rather than paying for faster memory which I may or may not benefit much from. My question is proceedural- do you suggest that I replace everything at once and change the bios frequency on the reboot or do one thing at a time to see if it works and reboot between each item? This is my first computer and I built it myself a bit over a year ago. Thanks for your responces- you guys helped me get it together in the first place.
Looking at my manual, I can use DDR400 memory, but it will not support a 400mhz Front Side Bus. Do you think I would gain anything by using DDR400 memory? I intend to get a matched pair of low- latency as recommended. I have 512mb (2x256) and have not encountered a need for more than that yet so I will probably stay with that amount.