I want to know if there is a place that sells this board with the processer at a better price, or If I can get them at a better price...or if you reccomend a different board and combo...Im prolly putting in 128 or 256 PC21000 DDR with Hercules Prophet II geForce 2 Ultra...I have a nice 20 inch Trinitron for monitor..and Im going to use the IBM hardrive (Fast IDE one...)
Looks like a kickass system. The only thing I would do to save some money is get the normal 1.1ghz T-Bird and unlock it and run it at 266FSB (133). That would save you around 100 dollars. Oh and on the ram get 256 or more.
well if i can save the 100$ i'll buy the 256 ram...but how do you unlock it, is there any difference performance wise then...also...should i stick with the PC 2100 DDR or go down to PC133....is it major difference?
PC2100 is faster than PC1600, but also carries a hefty price premium...at least for now. Compare the prices on pricewatch.com. I bet in another month or two they will be equivalently priced. Even if you're buying now, I'd get PC2100, it's worth the performance boost.
The PC2100 will out perform the PC133 only in high demand aplications. For instance gameing you will gain about 10 FPS prolly but I ahve not seen any benchmarks. I am considering this board also. If you want to see how DDR compairs to PC133 go read "The Three Musketeers" articale at
Once there you caan read about teh 3 boards and then look at the benchmarks. It compairs 2 DDR boards(not this one) and the A7V133 with PC100 and PC133. It is a good comparison of memory. If you look close you see that the MSI K7 Master has the 761 chip which the A7M266 also has. Note the poor performance of the Magik board useing a different chip. Just check it out. You will see what im saying.