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Recommended Minimum Configuration For New PC
Session, March 29-2000
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Pentium III 550 (Katmai) or AMD (Athlon) 700 (or faster) CPU
700 can over clock to 1GHz with Ninja chip!!!)
ATX / 1 AGP (1, 2x/4x Pro support), 5 PCI Bus Slots, 2 USB ports, 2
serial, 1 parallel (Meets PC 2001 Design Guide preliminary specs)
Brands: GigaByte (Intl 440BX
chipset), Intel, ASUS
(Intel 820 chipset)
Chipset supports AGP 2x/4x Pro, UDMA/66
- PC Component Chipsets: MB, Video & Audio/Sound Card
64 MB (MegaBytes,
approx. 1 million bytes) RAM (Random Access Memory)
better!) All Ram now spec'd: PC 100 SDRAM 168 pin DIMMS
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!
you know for sure whether your Ram is PC 66 or PC 100?
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!
Case brand: InWin
Power and Cooling
Power Supplies: 300
Power and Cooling)
Graphics/Video Accelerator card with 16 MB Video RAM
better! Suggest Matrox G400 Dual Head Display. Lots of real estate to
10 GB (GigaBytes,
approx. 1 billion bytes) EIDE Hard Drive, 7200 RPM + UDMA/66.
20 Gig 7200 RPM + UDMA/66. Older PC's require new PCI controller card.)
HD: Maxtor (Good
people to work with who support our efforts!) or Western Digital
(3-1/2") Floppy Disk Drive (Legacy device still handy to have.)
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 option)
104 keys (PS/2 connection with USB option.)
new Multi-Function / Internet Keyboards with creature comfort buttons!
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:
CD-R or CD-RW
32x 8x 4x (Reads 32x, Writes CD-R 8x, writes CD-RW 4X)
EIDE (less expensive) or SCSI (higher performance, more costly)
Interface Card 100BaseTx) Required for DSL or 2 or more PC's
& Data, 56,6K/V.90 speed. 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.
Sound Card and
Speakers, to hear audio from games, audio compact discs, and used in many
multimedia applications coming out. (See Note 2 below)
differ greatly in quality! Watch for our Digital AV section!
Multimedia "Kits" including CD-ROM, sound card, and speakers may
be purchased. Better
quality components and results may sometimes be obtained by buying