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Thread: OH What do I buy?




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    Heres the problem, I am going to upgrade my kit, at the moment I have Gigabyte 6bx MoBo and P3 450, want to change this to possibly XP2000+ or 2100+ but what MoBo do I go for ? It must have 5 PCI slots. Is it worth going for a Raid card (Whats the difference anyway:confused: ).

    Also will a new PSU be worth getting?

    I will be looking at about 250 - 300 for the lot (incl DDR mem)

    As you may have guessed this is my first attempt at upgrading (apart from adding more ram and HDD, changing video card etc), but hey we all gotta start somewhere.

    Any advice greatfully recvd.

    Daz

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    Having RAID is only any good if you've ever thought about it but I wouldn't really worry about it myself. EPoX's 8K3A motherboard should have all that you need and the 8K3A+ has RAID and better sound plus the debugger. Even though both these boards are now replaced by newer models they will still run the latest AMD Athlons and their prices are low now. As to the PSU yes it probably wouldn't handle the loads the Athlon will demand of it so get one that's AMD approved in the 350w+ range. Do be sure to get quality PC2700 memory as this will keep any CPU upgrade or overclockin' possible without having to change it later.

    One thing to look at before going any further though is your case as these modern systems need plenty of constant airflow (nothing noisey is required but just plenty of fresh air goin' in and hot air comin' out). If your case doesn't meet this part or can't be modded to do so then consider a new case and PSU combo. ;)

    Good luck. :thumb:
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    My current case has no extra fan slots but, it is all metal sides and top could this be adapted to take extra cooling, I'm quite useful with a saw and if I bugger it up I could just leave them off:D

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    I agree with Wiggo. I went with an Epox 8K5A2+, for the better onboard sound, and it's great. I installed it incorectly, banged it around, and it still works wonderfully! Obviously it was my first mobo/cpu installation. Plus I hear they have great overclocking potential, haven't tried that part yet.
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    There is the Abit KX7-333R (with raid conrtroller) and the KX7-333 (without the raid).

    This bad boy supports PC2700 for future AMD's, has 4 DIMM slots.
    4x AGP, with 6 PCI slots which should be more than enough for your asking. Doesn't have onborad anything so that will hold you back and prolly make you use a pci slot or two. Either way check it out...i have this board and its been good so far.
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    Thanks folks, its so damned confusing with all the bits of kit available out there:(

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    it is a little intimidating at first. But once you read reviews, and talk to ppl about different options it becomes clear and easy. You might want to chcek out www.amdboards.com. They have links to reviews/previews of most AMD boards. G/L!

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    This is a good page for review links on motherboards if you know the boards that you want to check out, http://www.8dimensional.com/mainboar...ews/index.html ;)

    There are a lot of boards out there with various features at different prices but if you stick with something based on the KT333 chipset from a good manufacturer then you can't really go wrong so long as you do your homework on choosing which one is for you and your pocket. :smokin:
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    I'm really only intrested in onboard RAID that I can use as a standard IDE controller with little or no fuss. Needless to say, I look for companies that use HighPoint chips nowadays...Abit, Iwill, and Epox (not a big fan of them). Soyo's also started using them too. I wish Asus and MSI and others would jump on the HighPoint bandwagon. Promise controllers are sooo castrated half the time it's not funny.

    I'm not as big on Epox as a lot of the folks here are, as an 8K3A+ died on me (at least I could get me a refund on it)
    but I won't tell you to up and out avoid them (I save that for FIC----worst mobo company EVER!)

    Asus, Abit, Soyo, and some Iwill boards tend to be generally more expensive where as MSI, Epox, some Iwill, Shuttle, Soltek, and some other lesser brands tend to be easier on the pocket book---at least in the US anyway. Gigabyte tends to be on the expensive side as well, but not nearly as bad as Soyo and Abit (speaking of the MAX series).
    ECS and FIC are at the bottom tier and suck ass. Crappy boards and, in FIC's case, a crappy website.

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    Thanks folks.

    Problem now though is I think I'm more confused:D

    But I'm thinking of going for a chieftec case with 350w PSU, AMD XP2100, Either Asus A7V8X or MSI KT4 and 512 DDR.

    Opinions???

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