Advice for buyer needed

Jack Detrick vze24938 at
Sun Jan 14 09:08:28 PST 2001

Mobos that take DDR RAM are out there right now?
I'm going to be building a new system for my dad this summer (and at the
same time "inherit" the one he's using now that I built 2 summers ago,
which is much faster than the one I'm using).  My aunt recently got a 1
GHz system with a Geforce2, burner, and the lot, and I'm going to want
to build something really pimped out (but won't break the bank) for my
dad.  I was hoping for two things: that by this summer there'll be the
760MP chipset (dual athlons), and that there'll also be a mobo that
takes DDR RAM.  If one of those two already exists then there's hope
(because when the 760MP chipset comes out, I doubt they'll be going with

ken_i_m wrote:
> I started out in hardware. I use to hang out at an Internet Cafe' in my old
> hometown with a bunch of other gearheads. While some of us would built the
> occassional system using some other brand, Asus mobos have generally proven
> themselves to be the best on the market in my opinion. I have found Soyo
> mobos to be of acceptable quality.
> As for specific model, this depends on the details as you refine your
> specifications. CPU selection is a critical factor. You want dual
> processor? OK, pick a CPU and then determine which chipsets support that
> CPU in a SMP set-up. Factor in your other specs e.g. 200 MHz FSB.
> My brother is a high-end computer animations guru. He really likes the
> Matrox videocards. I am more of a gamer and prefer the nVidia cards.
> SCSI? The difference between SCSI hard drives and IDE hard drives in a
> particular product line is the interface. The rest of the drive is
> identical. Well, until you get to the price. SCSI costs about three times
> as much per MB. I have always gone with IDE because I could not afford the
> volume of storage space I needed through the SCSI interface. Additionally
> since it is just me (and now my girlfriend) that are accessing storage the
> traffic is simply not there to justify the much higher expense. Then there
> are the PCI IDE controllers that are now supported by Linux as well as
> software RAID in the new kernel. For me, that makes SCSI a solution for
> only extreme situations such as very high volume webservers.
> RAM: SDRAM is dirt cheap right now (in fact, I am putting together an order
> to fill up all the empty slots in the boxes I currently own). If you are
> looking for a system to last for several years you may want to look at DDR
> RAM instead. This is another consideration to factor into mobo chipset
> selection.
> Well, that will get you started at least. After answering the more general
> requirements then you can get more specific to the point of actually
> selecting a vendor and particular model. When you have a parts list and are
> ready to go shopping I recommend for getting the best
> price for your hardware needs.
> I think, therefore, ken_i_m
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