Hey guys I am wanting to build a budget system for my kids and have decided on a PII 233-400 base. I like the value of the slot 1 cpu/mobo (found a pII 233/512 L2 for $12.00 and Gainward Mobo for $19 or with onboard sound for $35) and I already have a 128 mb stick of sdRAM to use for it. I have been checking Ebay and pricewatch and have found some good deals but it just seems there has to be a few dealers out there who specialize in out of date hardware that is still in retail boxes or factory new at dirt cheap prices. Any recomendations?? Also I think I will use an STB 128 velocity 4mb agp video card or similar 8mb card and a SB awe32 or 64 sound card. I have never dealt with a slot one cpu before so is there anything I need to know before installing?? Any helpful advice would be greatly appreciated!!! Thanks in advance.
Plug it in and hope it works. AS long as the board uses DIMMs, use whatever is cheapest (all PII chipsets that used SDRAM were PC66/100/133 compatable, and the faster memory is often cheaper do to higher production).
If you can afford it ($40, I think) and the mobo can take, see if you can find a pII-400 with the 100 mhz fsb, it'll significantly speed up the system. Slot systems tend to run cooler than sockets because they have such a huge surface which to use as a cooling point (but you still have to put at least a heat sink on it, if not a fan as well).