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Carmine_Paterno

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I am going to switch to AMD since my birthday is April 10th, so i will pick up 2 things:

AMD DURON 800/850
Motherboard

The only thing is, what motherboard should i get. I am limited to a budget of 200 dollars. The chip is going to cost me 80 (850) so i have another 100 (other 20 for shipping). What motherboard should i get? I know that the Kt7a-raid and kt7a are good, but too expensive. What about the EPOX 8kta+ i think that is what it is called. I heard that was a very good board, but how much is it?

Thanx, I have a feeling you will be seeing me around the AMD forums alot!
 

Commited

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Look m8.
AMD is not like Intel.
The chips arent multiplier locked.
The 850 is basically an 800 with the multiplier cranked up.
Get the 800, or even a 700 if you can find one..
They will all fly to 1gig easily..
Its worth splashing out on an Abit board.
Try and find a KT7 "end of line" board.
You can get one for £77($108)
Im sure you could find a KT7A for under $140.
Its worth spending the extra cash for quality components...
 

Tachyon

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Carmine_Paterno (Mar 25, 2001 03:32 a.m.):
I am going to switch to AMD since my birthday is April 10th, so i will pick up 2 things:

AMD DURON 800/850
Motherboard

The only thing is, what motherboard should i get. I am limited to a budget of 200 dollars. The chip is going to cost me 80 (850) so i have another 100 (other 20 for shipping). What motherboard should i get? I know that the Kt7a-raid and kt7a are good, but too expensive. What about the EPOX 8kta+ i think that is what it is called. I heard that was a very good board, but how much is it?

Thanx, I have a feeling you will be seeing me around the AMD forums alot!

$20 for shipping a CPU??? That's a LOT! :)

Terry
 

DarkMinion

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I had the same budget problem when looking for upgrades. I settled on an epox 8kta3 for $114 w/ free s&h at www.newegg.com and an 800mhz duron for $65 w/ $9fan(fan gives you 1 year warranty on duron)and $6.95 s&h at www.TCWO/com.
I have read every reivew of the epox i can find and it seems to be a very good board for the price.
 

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Tachyon (Mar 25, 2001 07:35 a.m.):
Carmine_Paterno (Mar 25, 2001 03:32 a.m.):
I am going to switch to AMD since my birthday is April 10th, so i will pick up 2 things:

AMD DURON 800/850
Motherboard

The only thing is, what motherboard should i get. I am limited to a budget of 200 dollars. The chip is going to cost me 80 (850) so i have another 100 (other 20 for shipping). What motherboard should i get? I know that the Kt7a-raid and kt7a are good, but too expensive. What about the EPOX 8kta+ i think that is what it is called. I heard that was a very good board, but how much is it?

Thanx, I have a feeling you will be seeing me around the AMD forums alot!

$20 for shipping a CPU??? That's a LOT! :)

Terry

Tachyon.. i think he was allowing $20 for shipping of board. 8)
The epox is ok, but Abit is better
 

topjimi

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go with the epox, then you don't have to jump on the band wagon later when there on top, cuz it won't be long
 

BigAir

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I must disagree, Abit is OK, but Epox is up there with it if not better in my opinion. (just my opinion and I know a few others that feel the same way) If you jump on the Epox wagon, get the 8kta3.
 

cntw82oc

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how come you guys dont suggest getting a t-bird 700 instead of a 800/850 duron? it has mor l2 cache and they're about the same price.
do the lower end t-birds not oc as well as the durons or something?
 
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Carmine_Paterno

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Thanx alot guyz for replying. I am still not sure of what board to get. I am stuck between the ABIT KT7A-RAID and the EPOX 8KTA3. I like the kt7a-raid because of ata100 raid, but it is kind of expensive. But both of them are good for high FSB's so i am still stuck.

I think i might go for the 8kta3 because of sooo many recommendations. Does anyone have both of the boards? Which one has better performance?
 

Hoot

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If you don't intend to run a RAID setup, don't pay for it. The KT7A is all you need. As for a CPU, I recommend a Duron 600. For a $40.00 CPU, they overclock beautifully. Gettin to 10x100 with mine was the easiest thing I ever accomplished in OCing. My personal opinion is that they overclock better than 650s, 700s and 750s, and at relatively lower core voltages. Spend the extra money on a good heatsink.
Here's what my 600 Duron does at different voltages.

Hoot
 

phiber

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i have the abit kt7a board
it is pretty good
i got mine from www.essencom.com for about $140
and then do what Hoot told u get a duron 600
i was stupid not to get one myself i got a 850
they are the same thingi will get one when the computer show comes by on april 7
 

weichelb

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www.newegg.com has the Iwill kk266 for $125 free shipping. I bought this board and it is great. This board is very easy to overclock and very stable. The setting are done via the bios. I did not unlock my CPU (850 Tbird) yet, But I am running my front side buss at 120mhz. This puts my CPU at
1.020 Gig. This board also has sound on it. I left my sound blaster live card in my old system. Pretty good sound card for on board. Good luck with your new board whatever you choose.
weichelb
 

Nagorak

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cntw82oc (Mar 25, 2001 11:25 a.m.):
how come you guys dont suggest getting a t-bird 700 instead of a 800/850 duron? it has mor l2 cache and they're about the same price.
do the lower end t-birds not oc as well as the durons or something?

I'd suggest getting a t-bird 700 instead of a 800/850 duron.

As for the motherboard, I'd suggest going with Asus. I guess they aren't very popular around here :-( but I swear by them ;-). If price is a serious concern, you can pick up an Asus A7v for just over $100 ($113 on pricewatch) and for $125 you can get an Asus A7v133 which should easily be able to hit 150 FSB (mine can but my 3Com NIC is holding me back).
 

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Basically m8, heres what i think.
Duron 600, or T-bird 850
Abit KTA ( raid if you need it) or Iwill KK266
Taisol 742 HSF.
Arictic Silver.
Try selling what you already have, and dont want, on ebay.com
Its worth the extra for a quality board...
 

PimpDaddy

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Iwill KK266 KT133A ATA 100 ATX 266FSB (for AMD Thunderbird cpus) - Retail Box No CPU 140 dollars after shipping GREAT MOBO
that leave 60 for cpu ouch let me see what i come up with foudn a tbird 700 for 72 dollors but that mobo will be able to handle anything up put on it.

you can try looking at a combo at www.pricewatch.com
i saw 900 tbird with mobo for 200 not sure if it is a great mobo but hey it is worth a look .

your pimp daddy