mbd/chipset & athlon cpu recommendations
Joel Vande Berg
vanguard at phobos.cc
Tue Mar 19 00:29:59 PST 2002
I'm using an Athlon 950 with an ECS K7SEM (SIS730)motherboard with SuSE 7.3
and it works great. The motherboard has on-board sound, video, and LAN
(SIS900). Everything works great.
I'm quite pleased with the system.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Mark T. Ganzer" <ganzer at san.rr.com>
To: <kplug-list at kernel-panic.org>
Sent: Monday, March 18, 2002 10:39 PM
Subject: Re: mbd/chipset & athlon cpu recommendations
> 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"...
> -Mark Ganzer
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