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What MoBo shud i buy?

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New Member
Jan 8, 2001
im a bit of a newbie an di dont really know what mobo to buy. can anyone help? i am interested in the Duron or possibly the thunderbird prossesor, atx, 200fsb support. also what cooling do u recommend 4 my prossesor? im looking at spending up to $350us on the mobo+hsf+cpu. help wood be greatly appreciated.

Thanx, Goy

Rob Cork

Senior Member
Dec 17, 2000
Woodcote, UK
If you can get hold of one, you might like to get one of the new KT133a chipset boards. These allow a true fsb of 133MHz, and so overclock much better than the KT133, which won't allow a fsb much over 110MHz. Two excellent KT133 boards are the asus A7V and abit KT7-Raid, so if you could find them with the new KT133a chipset I'm sure they'd be great boards - I think they're called the A7V-133 and the KT7a-R.

A good heatsink would be the globalwin fop38, though the fan is extremely loud ;-) If you don't want the noise, the alpha PAL6035 is a good one to look out for, and the alpha PEP66 is probably the best - though you'll have to modify it (cut a couple of slits in the aluminium duct) to get it to fit. I don't know about the US prices, but I reckon you could get a great mobo and hsf for about $180, probably less, so you'll have plenty of money to spend on the cpu. If money really is no object, get a 1GHz tbird and oc it to 1100 or 1150, or even a 1.1 or 1.2gig tbird, though they probably won't oc very well (tbirds have a ceiling of about 1300, and that's with very good (ie water/peltier) cooling. If you do want to save some money though, a slower duron (750 or 800) would almost certainly get to a gig on aircooling alone.

PS just remembered, there may be some problems getting the PEP66 or FOP38 to fit on the abit board - I know the PAL6035 fits fine, but the area around the socket is quite crowded, and I don't think the PEP66 will fit (you need a really thin fan to fit it on the KT7-R). The FOP38 should, hopefully somebody that's tried it on the KT7 can post with an answer.