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March, 31, 2001
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you want to do WITH
your new PC.
- Decide what
you want IN your
- And plan now
for disaster recovery! Better we inform you what to do now
than tell you what you should have done later!
Intel Pentium III 733 (FC-PGA) or AMD Athlon
(or faster) CPU
of the end of April 2000, Intel currently manufactures
nothing slower than the PIII 600.
Athlon 700 can be over clock to 1GHz with Ninja
Micros chip!!! With today's prices - Why
ATX / 1 AGP Slot (4x Pro support), 5/6 PCI Bus Slots, 2/4 USB ports, 2
serial, 1 parallel (Meets 2001 PC
Design Guide Specs).
Rule! With that said, stay away from Intel P4's until chipsets
MotherBoard Chipsets supporting: AGP 4x Pro, Ultra ATA/100. Promise
Technology has Ultra ATA/100 Controller fully backwards compatible for
upgraders. Or get a MotherBoard with the Promise Controller on board!
from Intel 820 chipset like the plague! We're currently experiencing
problems with Registry Errors. Relates to Win98 SE & Intel's inf
chipset update to correctly identify the chipset to the O/S. Appears
to be related to this driver and also the Intel ATA/66 Controller
Driver when using other ATAPI Devices such as a CD-RW on that
Replace MotherBoard with different chipset. Yes, if AGP 4X is
required, go AMD Athlon.
Slot 1 CPU Chipsets:
Intel 440BX + Promise Ultra ATA/66 (Additional Controller Card) or
820 (Camino) Chipset.
Slot A CPU Chipsets:
AMD 740 or better still, Via Technologies Via Apollo KX 133 Chipset.
Technologies are history! Everything is now Pin Grid Array (PGA) CPUs.
Back to Pins!
128 MB (MegaBytes, approx. 1 million bytes) RAM (Random Access Memory)
spec'd: PC 100 SDRAM (168 pin DIMMS). Whether you choose SDRAM PC
133, DDR or Rambus. Chipset will determine RAM type.
As a Rule:
Win98 O/S can only 128 Megs. Win 2000 - 256 Megs. Certain Apps will
have use for more Ram than this. These are optimal for the O/S.
MotherBoard and Processor are closely tied together when upgrading or
changing. Everything else is apples and apples to change out.
Currently PC 100 Memory specs make this too an apples for apples
component. Only CPU & M/B are married technologies.
which CPU platform and speed you choose, Chipsets
rule! A bad chipset ruins everything and new
Chipsets change everything!
you know for sure whether your Ram is PC 66 or PC 100?
Test using app on BBPC CD
Disc1. Only worked
on Intel BX chipset M/B's.
recommend Tower cases for maximum flexibility and ease of access and
find a Mid Tower case adequate. We prefer a full tower case for those
planning to get a little of everything over time!
Case brand: InWin,
Power and Cooling.
Supplies: 300/400 watt. (PC
Power and Cooling)
or Leadman. Start with unit supplied with your case then upgrade as
you get. Later, get what you need!
Graphics/Video Accelerator card with 16 MB Video RAM
better! Suggest Matrox G450 Dual Head Display for business and most
multi-media. Lots of real estate to view!)
want to go for the Nvidia GeForce instead. 3dfx is toast!
Drive: 20 GB (GigaBytes,
approx. 2 billion bytes) EIDE Hard Drive, 7200 RPM + UDMA/100. Serial
ATA should be ready by Q4-2002.
prices, 40 Gig 7200 RPM + UDMA/100. Older PC's require new ATA/100 PCI
2.1 controller card.) 80 Gig's are available. Our next controller
capacity limit is 128 Gigs!
Maxtor (Good people to work with who supported our past efforts!) or
Disk Drive: 1.44
MB (3-1/2") (Legacy device still handy to have.) Teac
17" (bigger IS better), non-interlaced, .28 maximum dot pitch
(.23 is even better), 85 hertz vertical refresh rate (or higher),
capable of 1280x1024 if 17". (Watch prices on 19" monitors
with USB Hubs!)
Trackball, Graphics Tablet or other pointing device.
connection with USB optional) For now, stick with PS/2 - It
- 104 keys (PS/2 connection with USB option.)
for new Multi-Function / Internet Keyboards with creature comfort
Disc - Read Only Memory) 40x (40 Speed) Not
an option! Will become your primary
recommended: Toshiba, Sony or Mitsumi if you can find it.
drives are now Multi-Read compatible meaning they can read CD-R/CD-RW
(in no particular order) as allowed by funding and desired uses:
or CD-RW Drive:
32x 12x 4x (Reads 32x, Writes CD-R 12x, writes CD-RW 4X)
EIDE (less expensive) or SCSI (higher performance, more costly)
(Network Interface Card 100BaseTx) Required for DSL, Cable Modem or 2
or more PC's
Includes Fax & Data, 56,6K/V.90 speed capabilities. To connect PC
to phone line to use Internet or BBS (Bulletin Board Systems), and
send/receive files direct from other PCs. Cable, phone line or DSL.
Card and Speakers,
to hear audio from games, audio compact discs, and used in many
multimedia applications coming out. (See Note 2 below.
Note 2: Consumer
Multimedia "Kits" including CD-ROM, sound card, and speakers
may be purchased. Better quality components and results will be
obtained by buying separately!
Kits: Whether seen as Toy or Tool, you can add it later. The Creative
Labs 12x DVD Kit retails for $149.00.
software or both? Attend to learn!