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Building a 1.2 GHz DDR Athlon with the Iwill
Parts Shopping and Building Requirements
Having decided on the motherboard, it was time to shop
around and see what was available.
I found a good motherboard/CPU combo deal at TC Computers. They installed
an Athlon 1.2 GHz CPU and a Cooler Master fan/heatsink, on the Iwill
KA266-R motherboard and tested it prior to shipping.
I also decided to buy a mid-tower case from them, a Kel Groups translucent
Case Specs - ATX and Micro-ATX Motherboards, AMD Athlon-approved 300W
Enlight power supply, 4x 5.25" and 2x 3.5" external, 3x 3.5" internal
drive bays. Six full-sized expansion slots, 1 half-sized.
I accumulated the rest of the parts from various stores
which you will find listed in the table below. Some items were weekly
specials or sales, so you probably can't duplicate some of the prices.
Athlon DDR Parts List
|Iwill KA266-R motherboard with onboard sound, AMD 1.2 GHz Athlon,
Cooler Master fan (bundled and tested)
|Micron PC 2100, 256 MB DDR DIMM, CAS 2.5, ECC
|Kel Groups translucent mid-tower case with 300 watt AMD approved
|Western Digital ATA 100, 40 GB, 7200 RPM hard drive
|TEAC 3.5 inch floppy drive
|Elsa Gladiac GeForce 2 GTS - 32 MB DDR
|Microsoft keyboard and optical mouse bundle
|Memorex 40 X CD-ROM
|Altec Lansing 3 Piece speaker set (includes subwoofer)
|Total Cost (not including monitor or Internet connection)
DDR Athlon Building Requirements
Before you rush out and start buying parts to build your dream DDR
Athlon system, keep these requirements in mind.
1. An AMD approved 300 watt power supply is absolutely required.
2. Adequate case ventilation is a must. Your computer case should
have a front fan pulling in fresh air (your power supply fan vents
air out the back of the case).
3. Get a good CPU fan/heat sink. All 1 GHz CPUs pump out the heat.
Keep your CPU cool.
4. Know what type of RAM your board will accept and buy RAM from a
name brand company.
Maximum Cooling. Keeping your 1 GHz class Athlon cool is a
must. Notice the CPU heat sink/fan towering over the external connectors.
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