If YOU were going to build an AMD XP system...

Rob Varto

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What motherboard and processor would you go with? Also, how much RAM is "more than enough"? Im thisclose to ordering a new AMD XP system and Im not sure what mobo is the best to go with. Also, would you get Windows XP or better yet, what OS do you all recommend? Thanks!
 

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Processor: Get the fastest one you can afford. Simple as that.

Mobo: I've had good luck with ABIT boards, but they don't currently have one out with the VIA KT266A chipset (considered, I believe, to be the best out there now) yet. I've got an ECS K7S5A, and although it was cheap, and runs great most of the time, it's been a little flaky. Not enough to make me want to go through the hassle of returning it, though. EPOX, Shuttle, and MSI all have KT266A-based boards at newegg.com. Haven't used any of them, so I can't make a recommendation.
RAM: I currently run with 512MB and that suits my needs just fine. Some OSes (Win9x/ME) don't like more than that.
OS: I just upgraded from WinME to WinXP and like it quite a bit. Haven't had any problems whatsoever. You should be able to pick up an OEM copy from whoever you buy the CPU/Mobo from.
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Processor - Get the fast one you can afford
Mobo - EPoX 8KHA+ VIA KT266A
RAM - 2x256MB PC2100 DDRRAM
OS - Windows XP
Case - Antec SX840 or 1040(B if you want black)
Its important that you have a case with good airflow and power and the Antec provides both of those.
 

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For rock-solid stability on a windows machine, I just don't think you can beat Win2000PRO. I haven't heard anything bad about Xp yet, but I'm interested to see how it plays out in the long run.
If nothing else, stay far far away from Win ME.
~Kris
 

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You should be able to pick up an OEM copy from whoever you buy the CPU/Mobo from.
I don't think Microsoft is allowing OEM sales of WinXP to anyone other than their big accounts just yet. There's no margin to be made on OEM sales and they need all the revenue they can get to pay for the XP & Xbox launch.
 

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Interesting. Newegg has it available for sale, and I purchased my copy from a local computer store...
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Eric Alderson

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Stay far away from Windows ME. As for mobo's, I just ordered a ASUS A7V266 and a AthlonXP 1800. I know that model supports the new AthlonXP chips. I should get it on Monday. Since memory is cheap, I got 512 MB of DDR ram. Crucial.com has the 256 MB chips at $33.29 right now and they have free shipping. I have been using Windows XP Pro (final build) since Sept and it's the best OS since Win2k.
 

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Well, I'd go with an nForce-220(D) based motherboard, and given the price of memory these days, probably 512 or 768M. OS wise, I'd stick with Win2K, because I already own it and XP doesn't offer enough improvements that I'm willing to pay for.
 

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Well the nForce would be great and all, but too bad it isn't out yet, nor does it have the memory scores of the KT266A.
 

Eric Alderson

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I didn't know they had a RAID board out yet. I used to have RAID on my old motherboard but I never used it. Still, the system I am putting together should give me a big improvement since I currently have an Athlon 650 with a 1st generation "Slot-A" mobo. I can't wait to see how my GeForce 3 performs on my new system. I'm ready for Wolfenstien!
 

Rob Varto

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Does anyone know when the nForce is due out?
Gary, what do you mean by "hear the sound off of it"?
I read the board has tons of on-board video memory but it does the soundcard thing too?
 

Gary King

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nForce boards should be available this month.
The nForce has built-in video (nForce 220 is roughly GF2MX200 caliber, nForce 420 is roughtly GF2MX400 caliber), networking, and the best sound available on the PC market - it's essentially the same chipset as what the Xbox uses, but using DDR266 memory and an NV11 instead of DDR400 and an NV2A.
 

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Good thread. I am also going to be building my own comp with AMD XP 1800 soon (first time building my own ). I have everything I want in it picked out except the motherboard. Yesterday was searching for which motherboard to get. Im thinking of getting the Soyo K7V Dragon since it has gotten good reviews everywhere I look(and there site says it works with XP). Anyone on here ever use it? Have opinions?
thanks
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Gary King

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Rob,
They work just fine together. If you want GeForce 3 graphics and nForce sound, it's the only way to go
 

Rob Varto

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Stupid question here.... will the nForce board support an AMD XP chipset? and cooling fan? Im thinking it would, but...
 

Rob Varto

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One more thing... anyone know of a link where I can do some research on the nForce board? Thanks!
 

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