View Full Version : help building computer
12-04-2001, 01:26 AM
I'm ready to take the plunge and build my first computer. I'm looking for hardware recommendations. I need an AMD motherboard, case, and power supply. I already have the sound, video, and network cards. I'll probably start with a duron but may upgrade later to an athlon or xp. Cost is a large factor. Also where is a good place to buy parts online?
12-04-2001, 01:32 AM
try www.pricewatch.com and get the best price for each part you need/want.
I recommend a mobo with the KT266A chip. Try a Soyo Dragon+ or maybe an epos 8KHA+ (my 8KHA+ was bad so you are warned about it's trouble)
12-04-2001, 03:51 AM
As always needed, whats your budget?
12-04-2001, 08:32 AM
12-04-2001, 12:03 PM
Between the case, motherboard, cpu, power supply, ram, and hard drive I want to stay below $350. On pricewatch the cheapest KT266 motherboards are about $60. Is it worth spending twice as much for a Soyo Dragon or $30 more for the Epos?
12-04-2001, 12:47 PM
Make sure you get the KT266A mobo, not the KT266 one. Via did some improvements over the old versions and worked out some bugs. For some inspriration, check out the sho.gun PC (http://www.gotapex.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=32597). I'm getting an MSI board for mine, I've read many reviews and it actually overperforms the Epox, maybe at the same level as the SOYO. Just like the SOYO, it has built in RAID but the MSI also has USB 2.0 porst. Another holler for www.newegg.com, they have pretty low prices, just make sure you get the OEM versions of the stuff you buy. Good luck, and if you have more questions feel free to post, I'm in the process of building my own also.
12-04-2001, 09:56 PM
Yeah, I say go with the KT266a...
There's not much of a difference in price in the processors under 1Ghz...
I would personally say, go with the Epox... It is less than the Soyo, but I would think much more reliable than any board you could get for less...
And I second the suggestion for Newegg... over all, they have the best prices and service, IMO...
12-04-2001, 10:27 PM
If only newegg would just stock my mobo!!!!!! GAAAH it's always out of stock...
12-04-2001, 10:48 PM
What do you guys think of the SHUTTLE AK31A motherboard? It sounds pretty easy to set up which is something I'm looking for. Most people at newegg rate it highly.
12-05-2001, 04:35 AM
www.micropro.com is also a good one to buy from.
The Shuttle AK31 rev 3.1 is a good one to get! My friend has that one and it's stable as nothing else. Pretty good o/cer too.
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