Recommended Minimum Configuration For New PC
Special Build Session, March 29-2000
Typically, Ram, 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. No matter which CPU platform and speed you choose, chipsets rule! A bad chipset ruins everything!
BTW: Do you know for sure whether your Ram is PC 66 or PC 100? Use app on BB/PC CD Disc 1 to test SPD on SDRAM.
Most will find a Mid Tower case adequate. We prefer a full tower case for those planning to get a little of everything over time!
(Watch prices, 20 Gig 7200 RPM + UDMA/66. Older PC's require new PCI controller card.)
Watch for new Multi-Function / Internet Keyboards with creature comfort buttons!
All CD-ROM drives are now Multi-Read compatible meaning they can read CD-R/CD-RW Discs!
Additions (in no particular order) as allowed by funding and desired uses:
Sound cards differ greatly in quality! Watch for our Digital AV section!
Note 2: Multimedia "Kits" including CD-ROM, sound card, and speakers may be purchased. Better quality components and results may sometimes be obtained by buying separately.
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