mbd/chipset & athlon cpu recommendations
Mark T. Ganzer
ganzer at san.rr.com
Mon Mar 18 22:39:00 PST 2002
On Mon, 18 Mar 2002, DJA wrote:
I'm also using an ECS K7S5A motherboard that I just installed last
week to replace an even cheaper 500Mhz K6 motherboard (I don't have much
money to spend on computers right now).
> It also has a built-on 10/100 NIC (I don't remember what chipset, but
> ...and sound (a who-cares item).
sis7012 - a little more picky to get running, but i810_audio module in
2.4.18 seems to work okay (supposedly ALSA support as well, but could not
get that working)
> I've seen the mobo as low as $59. I think Fry's has it for $65.
Got mine from newegg a couple of weeks back for $52, along with boxed AMD
Athlon XP1700 for $124 (inc heatsink/fan and 3 yr warrenty). I ended up
also getting a Thermaltake Volcano 6u+ heatsink/fan ($12) + Arctic Alumina
grease (already had some of that on hand) because I had previously had
heat problems with a 1 Ghz Athlon with the AMD heatsink/fan/thermal pad
combo. Already had 512 MB of PC133 SDRAM, so am just using them for now.
One nice thing about the SiS735 chipset, is that it is a single-chip
design, unlike the 2-chip VIA and AMD chipsets, and reports are that it
also runs significantly cooler than the others as well. It is NOT
something I would recommend for a "bulletproof" server setup, but works
fine for a desktop workstation.
BTW: Fry's wanted $59 for the K7S5A board, $129 for a bare XP1700 CPU and
$159 for boxed CPU. And the rep said I NEEDED a minimum of a Volcano 7 fan
(additional $35), even though the Thermaltake web sites says the 6u+ is
rated for XP2000+. Needless to say, Fry's did NOT get the sale, and
shipping from newegg was only $8...
For a case, I already was using one of the Antec mid-tower cases with 300W
AMD-approved power supply. And I have 2 case fans installed as well
because my converted garage office gets pretty warm during the summer.
Now I finally have my VMware sessions running at a reasonable speed, and I
STILL feel like a "Cheap Bastard"...
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