Need help figuring out matching CPU/mobo/mem, currently runs unstable.?

I'm trying to put together an upgrade, currently unstable: running fine in Linux but Windows XP is not even installable with Blue Screen. Fanning the CPU running at about 40 celsius.


AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Socket 939 from eBay

ECS nForce3 Socket 939 from eBay

256 megs of PC2100 DDR 266 from an older AMD 2000+ machine, hopefully this is only thing wrong I do have half a mind to get DDR 400 probably 1GB in qty.

I experienced unstability before that prevent Windows from installing, coupled with low heat I suspect unstability again. I realized this is quite obsolete spec but hardcore gaming is not my aim and this question is quite advanced so I want some concrete answers or tidbits with reasons to back it up; not some teen's hotshot answer.

3 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    i would say that the dimms are not fully supporting the ddr266 modules. That board fully supports the ddr400 standard. So get a 2x 512 ddr400 setup and you should be fine.

    ECS Elite nForce3-A939, socket 939, chipset nForce3 250, ATX, FSB 2000, 2xDual DDR400, AGP 8x, 5xPCI, S-ATA, Raid, LAN nForce3-A939. ATX Motherboard

    Support socket 939 AMD Athlon™ 64FX, Athlon 64 and Sempron™ processors

    Support 8x AGP ATX

    Support Dual-Channel DDR400


    CPU Socket 939 for AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual-Core/ Athlon™ 64/ Athlon™ 64 FX processor.

    High-performance Hyper Transport CPU interface.

    CHIPSET NVIDIA nForce3 250 single chip

    North Bridge & South Bridge: nForce3 250

    MEMORY 2 x 184-pin DDR DIMM socket support up to 2 GB

    Dual-channel DDR memory architecture

    Support DDR400/333 DDR SDRAM

    EXPANSION SLOT 1 x AGP 8X/4X slot

    5 x PCI slots

    STORAGE Supported by nForce3

    -- 4 x Ultra DMA133/100/66 devices

    -- 2 x Serial ATA devices

    -- RAID0, RAID1& RAID 0+1 configuration

    AUDIO Realtek ALC655 6-Channel audio CODEC

    Compliant with AC'97 2.3 specification

    LAN Realtek RTL8201CL 10/100 Mbps Fast Ethernet PHY

    REAR PANEL I/O 1 x PS/2 keyboard & PS/2 mouse connectors

    4 x USB ports

    1 x RJ45 LAN connector

    1 x SPDIF out connector

    1 x Parallel port (LPT)

    1 x Serial port (COM1)

    1 x Audio port (Line-in, Line-out, Mic-in)

    INTERNAL I/O CONNECTORS & HEADERS 1 x 20-pin ATX Power Supply Connector

    1 x 4-pin ATX 12V connector

    1 x FDD connector supports two 360K~2.88MB FDDs

    2 x IDE connectors

    2 x Serial ATA connectors

    2 x USB 2.0 headers support additional 4 USB Ports

    1 x Speaker header

    1 x IrDA for SIR header

    1 x SPDIF out header

    1 x Front panel switch/LED header

    1 x Front panel audio header

    1 x CD in header

    CPUFAN/SYSFAN connectors

    SYSTEM BIOS Award BIOS with 4Mb Flash ROM

    Supports Plug and Play 1.0A, APM 1.2, Multi Boot, DMI

    Supports ACPI revision 1.0 specification

    FORM FACTOR ATX Size, 295mm*205mm

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    4 years ago

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