Motherboard Dilema

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Nigel Arnold
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It's time for a new system and I've pretty much decided want I want. Has anyone got any views on it, especially the mobo. I,m toying between an Abit KG7 raid and Gigabyte GA-7DXR. I fancy the Abit as I already own a KT7 raid and am more than happy with it. The sugested system is:
Athlon XP 1600 ish
Matrox G550
512MB DDR
2 Maxtor 60 GB 5400rpm on raid (video)
27GB Maxtor (already own) (system)
Not sure on sound yet (whats the onboard sound like on the GA-7DXR)
CDRW
Realtek NIC
Windows 2000
MSP 6

Any views or comments would be much appreciated.

Nigel Arnold
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Sorry, forgot the Datavision firewire card.

wacky.banana
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Joined: May 30 2001

System spec seems ok to me. Personally I would have gone for 7200 rpm drives rather than 5400.

Both mobo's are fine. I have just upgraded from a Gigabyte board to the ABIT KR7A raid. Great board, only problem is that DDR memory is dreadfully expensive at the moment so I'm running with a 256 stick until the prices drop.

Sound wise, I use a Creative 5.1 board. Can't say I have noticed that much difference between this and the on-board sound of the Gigabyte (that may well be a creative chip also).

Be wise, go for a minimum 450 watt power supply (or there-abouts, eg Enermax). Its money well spent.

Also make sure you buy a case with plenty of space to ensure good air flow around the drives and board.

If you can find them go for the rounded ATA drive cables as they have a narrower profile and don't inhibit air flow as much.

Don't get too paranoid about air flow/temperature, however make sure you have sufficient cooling. You woud be surprised how much heat 3 drives, 2 CDR devices and a mobo/chip combo can give off!

HTH.

Regards

WB

Nigel Arnold
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WB
Thanks for the response. I was going to use the 5400 rpm drives becaue of heat issues. I agree about the price of DDR, I may well go for 256MB initially myself.

Regards
Nigel