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Recommended Minimum Configuration For New PC
Session was Tentatively Scheduled: May, 31, 2000
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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 550 (Coppermine) / PIII 600
or AMD Athlon 750
(or faster) CPU
of the end of April, Intel currently manufactures
nothing slower than the PIII 600.
Athlon 700 can over clock to 1GHz with Ninja
MotherBoard: ATX /
1 AGP Slot (4x Pro support), 5/6 PCI Bus Slots, 2/4 USB ports, 2
serial, 1 parallel (Meets PC 2001 Design Guide preliminary specs).
Brands: GigaByte, Intel, ASUS.
MotherBoard Chipsets supporting: AGP 4x Pro, Ultra ATA/66. Promise
Technology has Ultra ATA/66 Controller 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 on their way out! Suggest waiting to embrace Pin Grid
Array (PGA) CPUs.
128 MB (MegaBytes, approx. 1 million bytes) RAM (Random Access Memory)
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.
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
Case: We recommend
Tower cases for maximum flexibility and ease of access and use.
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).
Supplied with most cases.
Use what you
get. Later, get what you need!
Graphics/Video Accelerator card with 16 MB Video RAM
better! Suggest Matrox G400 Dual Head Display for business and most
multi-media. Lots of real estate to view!)
want to go for the Nvidia GeForce instead.
Drive: 10 GB (GigaBytes,
approx. 1 billion bytes) EIDE Hard Drive, 7200 RPM + UDMA/66.
prices, 20 Gig 7200 RPM + UDMA/66. Older PC's require new PCI
Maxtor (Good people to work with who support our efforts!) or Western
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!)
Mouse, Trackball, Graphics Tablet or other pointing device.
connection with USB optional)
104 keys (PS/2 connection with USB option.)
for new Multi-Function / Internet Keyboards with creature comfort
(Compact Disc - Read Only Memory) 40x (40 Speed) Not an option! Will
become your primary boot device.
recommended: Toshiba or Sony
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 8x 4x (Reads 32x, Writes CD-R 8x, writes CD-RW 4X)
EIDE (less expensive) or SCSI (higher performance, more costly)
(Network Interface Card 100BaseTx) Required for DSL 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.
Audio Speakers, you may not need a sound card! Check your component
differ greatly in quality! Watch for our Digital AV Gear Section
Note 2: Multimedia
"Kits" including CD-ROM, sound card, and speakers may be
purchased. Better quality components and results will be obtained by
software or both? Attend to learn!