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January 5, 2001 1:50:47 AM

Hi guys. I think the time has approached when I need to upgrade - seriously. I'm running an overclocked 300a Celeron. The computer freezes, resets, and generally is almost unusable at this point. But I need a computer that I don't have to leave the cover off all the time. I need a computer that I don't have to live in Alaska with the window open to use it. Unfortunately I'm no longer skilled in the area of putting together badass computers.

I was thinking of putting together an AMD Thunderbird 1 ghz system but I'm concerned about the heating issue. I have a CDRW, 2 harddrives, full PCI slots, so I think there's alot of heat.

What motherboard should I get with the AMD TBird 1 ghz (1.1ghz?) and what kind of cooling?

Can someone please give me a definite selection of components to buy to build a nice system which I desperately need now?

Oh yes, right now I have an ABIT BH6 motherboard with 192 mb of PC100 RAM (3 DIMMs). I also have: 2 network cards, 1 SCSI card, Voodoo3 3000 AGP, ATI All in Wonder 128 PCI, modem.

Thank you in advance for all your help. I'm looking to purchase as soon as possible.

Hans
Anonymous
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January 5, 2001 3:46:18 AM

It's not that bad.

I have an AMD Thunderbird 1000 on an ABit KT7-RAID with 3 7200RPM HDD's, 3 CD-ROMs, Zip drive, RivaTNT2 Ultra video card, SB Live and Realtec Network card. My case ambient temp is 30-35 celcuis. When the computer is idle the processor is ~31 celcius and under load ~42 celcuis.

I decided to use a GlobalWin FOP38 CPU cooler. It can be loud for some people, but it doesn't bother me and it runs nice and cool.
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January 5, 2001 4:23:00 AM

Cheap+fast+easy? Fat chance hehehehe!
You want cheap, go for the Duron. You want fast overclock it. You want easy? NOT!
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January 12, 2001 1:31:10 PM

I'm running an Abit KT7 (non-raid) Duron 700@1000 MHz, 3 7200rpm drives, 3D Labs Oxygen GVX1 with 2 CD Roms. I use the Global-Win FOP38 CPU cooler. Very loud and obnoxious, but my CPU NEVER gets above 87 degrees Farenheit....EVER!
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January 12, 2001 2:01:26 PM

Either theh A7V or the KT7Raid ofr SDR Ram not sure if you want DDR

one of the first UK T-Bird users....
January 12, 2001 2:01:49 PM

the abit's a nice board, check out the asus a7v as well.
January 12, 2001 2:06:05 PM

Sad to say intel boards are easier to set up. thats why tom only test w/ intel processors. AMD is faster but intel system are easier to set up

ABIT BP6 + ATI RADEON 32MB DDR RULE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
January 12, 2001 2:38:04 PM

I would stick to the bx chipset, upgrade the bios, get a PIII 600(100) oc the fsb to 133, then I would take out that 64mb stick and put in a 128mb micron 133 cas2.(you can mix 100 with 133)

But, if you want to go the via/amd way well good luck!

make sure you have a case of bawls in the fridge. :) 
Anonymous
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January 12, 2001 7:54:32 PM

Since you're concerned about heat, get yourself a nice roomy case like the Antec SX830 and set it up w/2 fans in front, 2 in back.

I'm currently using the ABIT KT7 RAID motherboard, which I would recommend to you. It has an ISA slot so you can bring over your modem if you'd like (I'm assuming it's ISA). Also the ABIT's got an onboard RAID controller, letting you setup those 2 HDD's with RAID without blowing a PCI slot on a separate controller card.

Here's the rest of my system so you can get an idea of what components might work for you--

AMD 1.0 GHz Thunderbird
ABIT KT7-RAID
256 MB CAS2 RAM from Crucial
Alpha PAL6035 heatsink w/Arctic Silver compound
ASUS V7700 64 mb GeForce2 GTS (kinda overkill, but it was a gift)
IBM 45 mb Deskstar HDD
Plextor 12/10/32 CD-RW
Asus 50x CD-ROM
Teac floppy
January 30, 2001 8:31:54 PM

IN ONE OF YOUR OTHER POSTS I SAW THAT YOU'RE RUNNING A KT7-RAID W/ AN SB LIVE 5.1 CARD. I'VE GOT A KT7-RAID,1.1GHZ ATHLON,512MEG133 RAM, VISIONTEK GEFORCE2 GTS 64MEG DDR AGP BOARD, AND I CAN'T GET THE CARD TO BE RECOGNIZED OR GET PAST A DRIVER INSTALL. OH YEA, 2-30.7 GB IBM HD'S IN A STRIPED RAID CONFIG. WHAT PCI SLOT IS YOUR SB LIVE CARD IN AND WHAT OTHER PCI CARDS DO YOU HAVE INSTALLED. DID YOU DO ANYTHING SPECIAL IN THE BIOS FOR IT TO WORK? HELP!!??!!
January 31, 2001 12:19:59 AM

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Get a freezer

<A HREF="http://www.anandtech.com/mysystemrig.html?id=1686" target="_new">System spec.</A> Ideas appreciated.
January 31, 2001 12:43:51 AM

I don't have the same configuration but there are two simple things to start with on a KT7

- Put the sound card in slot 3 (counting from the AGP port over).

- In the BIOS under PnP Configurations find "Reset Configuration Data" and ENABLE it. This will store your hardware information so that Windows can find it.

- reboot

Windows should detect all your hardware.

If you have any more problems try Paul's Unofficial KT7 FAQ, http://www.icrontic.com/faqs/kt7faq/kt7faq.htm.

Read the section on instability.
January 31, 2001 12:50:11 AM

Jeez! What are you using for a case and case cooling? I want one!
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January 31, 2001 1:20:19 AM

To UPTPilot, WUSY has the right cooling answer.
I got now a new extra sys:
Tbird A1000APT3C = 133/266Mhz FSB
Abit modo KT7A-raid
3x 128Mb PC133 SDRam = better is 512Mb, but Abit has only 3
4x (IDE/raid) Hdisks IBM Deskstar DTLA307030 ATA100 7200rpm
Graphic card Asus V3800Ultra 32Mb SGRam (VR glasses)
Hauppage Win TV theater
SB Blaster live 5.1, with 5 speakers sys
AHA 2940UW SCSI card
internet LAN/Netwerk cards
Samsung DVD IDE
Plextor CDrom PX32TS SCSI
CD/RW Sony CRX140S SCSI
3x Scsi Harddisks
Creative Webcam plus USB
Scanner Acer USB
Game pad USB
MS joystick on SB card
USB hub
Netwerk hub
3x Sys Fans 1x intake,2x exhaust=needed for good cool system
CPU fan golden orb
1x harddisk cooler for the IDE's 7200rpm
AOPEN case tower HQ8
Average temp 45 degr.Celcius

Plus 2 O/C Pentium 500Mhz systems also on 45 degr.Celcius.
All with enough in/out COOLING fans.
They are running all very stable with Win me
!