System Upgrade

I am looking to upgrade an older system. Can I get any feedback on the following choices? Budget is $600:

Reuse:

Voodoo 3
Adaptec 2940UW
2 half GB IDEs
1 10 GB IBM SCSI
3.5" FD
CDROM

New:

VIA KT333
AMD 1900+
512 MB DDR PC2700 (Crucial)
Antec PLUS660 Case (up to 5 fans, 340W PS)
Mobo: This is a problem. I thought I wanted another Abit until I found out that the AT7 has no built in I/O or PS/2 connectors. Since I see no need to get new KB and mouse this idea died fast. Now I need something to fit the following needs:

1. RELIABILITY
2. O/C capability
3. Min of 4 PCI slots

Finally, I need links/detailed opinion on CPU heat sinks/fans. I have done no homework for lack of these.
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  1. If you want an oc chip, get a 1700+ and an alphapal8045 hsf, it will do 2000+ easily.

    Other than that, good upgrade.

    (you also may want to ditch the voodoo3)

    :wink: The Cash Left In My Pocket,The BEST Benchmark :wink:
  2. Thanks for the quick reply. Some thoughts on it:

    1. Why 1700 instead of 1900?
    2. Not being familiar with alphapal8045, I don't jnow what to think. Who's the manufacturer? What chipset are we talking about here?
    3. The Voodoo3 was the cheapest solution to a need (i.e. how to get to 2000 X 1600 X 85 True). It is out the door at the point that it coughs blood or it interferes with the new system.

    Again, thanks for the reply.
  3. The alpha heatsink is very good, i am using it on my 1800+, it keeps it at 36c, with the help of my casefans,,,lol. but really it is a good heatsink, well worth the money i think.

    Before i put my ATHLON XP on prozac, it thought it was a PENTIUM 4
  4. Quote:
    1. Why 1700 instead of 1900?
    2. Not being familiar with alphapal8045, I don't jnow what to think. Who's the manufacturer? What chipset are we talking about here?
    3. The Voodoo3 was the cheapest solution to a need (i.e. how to get to 2000 X 1600 X 85 True). It is out the door at the point that it coughs blood or it interferes with the new system.


    1: the 1700 cost less, and with an alphapal8045 you will probably get both of them to 2000+ or so, the 1900+ on average will go higher, but not higher enough to justify the extra cost. If you arent overclocking then just get a retail 1900+ with the stock heatsink.
    2. Alpha pal 8045 is a heatsink, its made by alpha, and is ultra quiet and has awesome cooling.
    3> the voodoo3 is good enough, but it has no driver support anymore, so forget windows xp if you want to use the voodoo(or at least forget anything other than starcraft).

    :wink: The Cash Left In My Pocket,The BEST Benchmark :wink:
  5. Thanks again.

    I would have had to consider Win XP to be able to forget it. No chance of that.
  6. What do you mean by 2000 X 1600 X 85 True? If you mean 24/32-bit colour, the Voodoo3 won't work in that mode. If you mean 16-bit, then I think that's called 'high' (not sure though, WinXP just calls it medium).
  7. I meant 32-bit. I am running W2k (have no intention of ever running XP). Resolution is 1600 X 1200 - Typo on my part.
  8. Exactly what I mean. The Voodoo 3, to my knowledge, was limited to 16 bit colour. 32 bit didn't come in until the Voodoo 4/5.
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