We have a bunch of 733's at work and they're nothing but trouble. They have intermittant problems that we can't narrow down. /*Even the brilliant minds at WinDrivers have been stumped*/
Our 600 machines work MUCH better. A nagging theory that's been brewing in the back of my head a while now is that no matter what brand, a processor/bus speed always seems to work better when it's in a nice round number. Like 600, 750, or 100 FSB. (or even *GASP* 200 FSB for AMD?! )
Its a no brainer, a 733MHz on a reliable mainboard such as an Asus CUV4X series. Will give you speed and reliability. If you go with the 133MHz FSB, make sure you get yourself some decent PC133 (PC150 is better) CAS2 SDRAM.
My brain went into standby mode and I can't get it to wake up, is there a BIOS patch for this?
the 133fsb is better for performance but I would agree with amneal, get a 700 (100fsb)cpu and run the fsb at 133. Its not guaranteed to work but it appears that with the PIII700 it is 99% cert that it will run at 933. Mines been running at 933 solid as a rock. Has been up 24/7 for 2 weeks now running the UD software.
Just be sure to avoid VIA chipsets. Looking at the sound and video forums, they are mentioned more than anything as the cause of problems. Why not mate the best CPU (the 750) with the best chipset (the 440BX--I believe the i815e is just a slightly detuned, however, modernized version of the BX with 133 fsb support and UDMA-100, and overpriced at that, supports only 512 MB RAM??) with some good quality PC-100/133 SDRAM and enjoy the beauty of a reliable system that'll be plenty fast for whatever you want to do.