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I need your guys' opinion on these products I've picked out. I'm going to be upgrading in the next month or so (I am in Don's situation) and I think these are good deals.

What is your opinion on the hardware (I am an AMD guy, so no dissing) and the prices? I'll be scavenging the drives etc from my current computer to use in this new one, although I would like to keep the old one operational as well, perhaps I will since parts for it are so cheap.

Motherboard
CPU
Heatsink and Fan
Case

Please bear in mind that this computer is used mainly for web access, office applications and the occasional game.

[ January 01, 2002: Message edited by: LHSer ]
 

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good price for the case, but you might want to see if you can get a 400W power supply for a couple bucks more

the onboard sound on the MB is a waste to me because I always run a PCI sound card, the RAID is only a plus if you are going to use it, one good thing is the ram options include PC-100 + pc-133 so you want have to spend the cash for pc-2100

the heatsink/fan combo looks a little small for my taste, but it is pushing 27.72 cfm so it will do the job nicely

$95 is a good price for the 1.2 b/c its the 266FSB model although you may want to spend the extra $8 to get the 1.4 266FSB, it wont make a lot of difference but for $8 why not

overall not bad choices, just remember not to skimp on your hard drive or video card choices since these will be the links that make or break a good system
 

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I would probably go with the A7M266 board from ASUS. Also move up to an XP1600, it has the most bang for the buck ($20 more then the 1.2)

Even if you dont OC, this site has all great info for AMD systems

Athlon OC
 

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Looks good to me. You may want to reconsider the motherboard, however. The A7V133, while being a very good board, cannot take full advantage of the CPU's capabilities. The CPU can sit on a very fast 266Mhz bus, but the motherboard only puts out 133Mhz max (you may be able to squeeze out a small gain via overclocking but it won't be anywhere near 266Mhz).

As you only need the machine for internet access, productivity applications, and the occassional game, the A7V133 is not a bad choice at all. If you see your gaming usage going up, you may want to consider the A7V266-E or the A7M266 from ASUS. Those boards will allow you to take full advantage of the CPU plus they will allow you to put much faster RAM in the machine.
 

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Well I planned to ditch that board before I read all of your guys' replies. :)

I'm probably going to go with a Shuttle AK31 board with the AMD TBird 1.4. All the AMD and independant reviews say that it is an awesome board and a great value.
 
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