Hi guys, I've read many reviews and seen how you help out other people. I was about to build an amd system and was thinking of spending about $450. I then said to myself, why not go a bit further. So I then read some DDR stuff etc etc. This is what I've come up with...
Epox 8k7a Athlon @ 1.4ghz (oc maybe in the future)
Global Win WBK38 (noise is not of concern)/Arctic Silver II compound
256 DDR pc2100 (crucial)
60 gb IBM HDD (7200 rpm, 2mb buffer)
SB Live! X-gamer (take from old computer)
MId Case with an Enlighten 300W PSU
3 80MM Case fans (one below in the front, bottom back, one on top back)
(anymore specifications on the case fans would be of great help)
I know this is asking a lot but I'm going all balls out on this system and want to make sure I have good components (will be ordering mobo and cpu from newegg.com)
...My main concern, will this PSU be able to run all this without a hitch? I never remember intel having so much concern with what kind of PSU unit you use. One more question. I can't remember where I saw it but, I've seen that there are some Round ribbon cable for IDE devices that increase air-flow. Will I be running into any trouble if I get a standard UDMA-100 ribbon cable, rolling it and putting some electric tape around it?
With your overall combination I'd try and upgrade the psu to a 400W unit. The enermax ones are good - and the extra capacity may save you fluctuating power levels and surprise hangs/reboots.
What are you doing for CD/DVD/CDRW?
Any reason you went with the Epox board specifically - I have nothing bad to say about it, but it is not the first one that springs to mind when I think performance/mainstream/stability (Asus/MSI/Abit/iWill - in particular order)
Other than that it looks a good system - what OS and apps are you running?
BTW - _if_ you wanted to go overclocking from day 1 you could save a little cash buying a 1G or 1.2G Athlon and overclocking it easily to 1.4 or higher. Of course your maximum eventual speed may be a little lower, but you'd save extra cash now for more memory, a game controller, speakers, a couple of games or whatever pushes your buttons.
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When it came to a motherboard I would have never looked at an Epox. However, the reviews I've read say otherwise. Stability is the main key here and epox scores very high in that arena. I've seen several benchmarks in which the Epox comes out the winner when compared to other motherboards. Abit seems like they have something up their sleeve now with the release of the KG7 (does it use the AMD 761 chipset?). Don't get me wrong, I was initially going to go with an Asus A7A 266 but the AMD 761 chipset is the winner here and Asus still hasn't delivered that so Epox will be my choice. As far as the cpu speed I don't want to tinker around with a 1.2 and oc that. I'd rather have the 1.4 ghz and wait until down the road.
What about the round ribbon question I had. Will I run into problems into getting a standard IDE cable, wrapping it up and put electric tape around it? Thanks again
CDRW - Already have a Philips IDE. Not much of a burner (in terms of speed) but hey, so far it's backed up everything I've thrown at and yes SafeDisc 2 also .
hmmm I don't know what chipset is on that motherboard, but if its not AMD760 don't get it if you want any performance boost from your DDR ram.
Until the Sis 735, or nForce chipset board become available the only motherboard to give a major performance boost from DDR ram is the AMD chipset. The Via, and ali chipsets are only like 2-3% performance boost from what I've read on most review sites, and the AMD chipset gets up to 10% still not much but much better than the rest.
The Epox 8k7a has the AMD 761/VIA 686B chipset. That's my main reason as to why I'm going with this motherboard (and reviews aren't too shabby). I will be getting a 431w Enermax PSU to eliminate that probable power problem (try to say that 10 times fast ). Can someone give me some pointters as to the Case fans that I should get?
depends on the case, I'd fill every spot in your case with a fan where one will fit. If there are two 80mm holes on the front and one on the back, then fill them up. If there is only one fan on the front for sucking air into the case then fill it up.
Unless you own a dremel or know someone that does, then you could cut holes where ever you want fans.
A Dremal really isnt needed to punch holes in a case, any good hardware store will have Hole CUTTERS. these use a drill to put a small hole in the metal and then a large hole cutter is run through it and tightened up till it cuts a hole, no metal shavings everwhere from the dremal. Also try and put some holes in the back of the case under then MB set holder, you would be surprised at the heat this dead zone gets.If you are going to put a fan blowing into the case, you may want to build a small filter to get rid of the dust.
I HAVE HAD GOOD LUCK WITH THE FIC AD11, ALTHOUGH IT DOES NOT HAVE AS MANY FSB SETTINGS FOR OVERCLOCKING AS SOME BOARDS. IT HAS DIP SWITCHES FOR THE MULTIPLIER AND VOLTAGE SETTINGS. I WAS ABLE TO GET MY 1.2 ATHLON TO RUN AT 1.33 SIMPLY BY CHANGING THE MULTIPLIER FROM 9 TO 10, AND GOT IT TO RUN AT 1380 BY RAISING THE VOLTAGE TO 1.8. THE CHIPSET ON THIS BOARD IS THE AMD 761, AND IT RUNS SMOOTHER THAN ANY OTHER BOARD I HAVE EVER OWNED. I WOULD BUY THE CASE LOCALLY. I PREFER TO OPEN THE CASE AND LOOK INSIDE BEFORE BUYING IT. SOME ARE SIMPLY TOO SMALL. YOU CAN BUY THE FIC AD11 BOARD AT NEWEGG FOR ABOUT $109.