Serious computer build experience.
Posted 27 September 2001 - 12:14 PM
ABIT KG7 (several versions)
these are good OC boards and use a new chipset (760 I think)
the abit board uses all softbios switches whereas the giga board uses dips and some softbios. Both use DDR( they where designed from the ground up with that in mind)and are 2nd gen AMD based DDR boards.
Whatever mobo you pick, if you are looking at amd760 chipset boards, they all perform quite closely. So its more a matter of price and features.
P.S. they both support raid
Posted 28 September 2001 - 10:26 AM
Posted 29 September 2001 - 08:37 AM
Here's what I got after researching and losing sleep over which new hardware to buy.
Enlight Mid-Tower 72370X3C ATX Case 300 Watt Power Supply Bundled with an 80x80mm Case Fan--Dont' comment on P/S probs...I already know.
512MB of Crucial DDR PC2100 RAM
1.4gHz Athlon (Thunderbird) 266FSB processor
And the mobo: ECS K7S5A Socket A Motherboard w/Sound. Not one that people are raving about but Tomshardware did a complete review using this board and the SiS® 735 System Chipset. Results show that this board was right up there with the top Athlon chipsets and board proved to be stable. Great price too.
I will pull cables and other components from my current computer. Now I just have to wait for UPS to get all the parts to me!
Posted 30 September 2001 - 08:20 AM
They are selling the new Via KT266A chipset, whcih I would personally recommend in mid-October, which is what I'll be purchasing too. It is going to be called the Epox 8KHA+, and the model before this has got high reviews at a large range of places:
Other options on the motherboard could include Abit, Asus or MSI, but personally EPoX seems to be best.
RAM and CPU is fairly straight forward, you may want to wait for the Ahtlon 4, Palomino which has rated speeds of:
XP 1500 - 1.33GHz
XP 1600 - 1.4GHz
XP 1700 - 1.47GHz
XP 1800 - 1.53GHz
I would defiantly urge towards Crucial too for RAM, and make sure to get PC2100.
For the case, I guess there are a few competitors, and I personally would not go with Enlight. Fong Kai, Antec, Coolermaster or Lian Li would be my preference for cases. Check out http://www.theoverclockingstore.co.uk for more options. I own a Juno P6, which was cheap and cheerful, which looks good, and was cheap, around £70 I think.
Oh, and for the heatsink go with TaiSol.
Posted 30 September 2001 - 11:27 AM