I am attempting my first rebuild! I have purchased an AMD Athlon XP 2500+ with 333 MHZ FSB. I am going to fit it (or try to fit it) to a Matsonic socket A (socket 462)motherboard. The manual for the MB states that the CPU frequency should be set to either 100/133/or 166. Now that has lost me because the CPU has a 333MHZ FSB - could one of you good people advise me please as to what I should set it at, or in fact, if this motherboard is suitable for the processor in question. Also, the case I have has only a 250w power unit, is that enough power for this processor? Your help, as usual, would be appreciated
Just set it at 166, 333=166x2 but you need to use PC2700 (DDR333) memory to get best performance, cpu and memmory run on syc.
As for PSU, it is difficult to tell because all depended on PSU efficiency and components, some PSU rated 450W only produce less than 300W, all other is wasted. If your PSU is not efficient and you use video card such as ATI 9800, you may have problem.
For a reference, I run Barton 2800+ with a PSU rated at 200W, no problem.