System Recommendation Guide - January
Memory, Heatsink, Video Card
This content was originally featured on Amdmb.com and has been converted to PC Perspective's website. Some color changes and flaws may appear.Memory – Mushkin PC133 Rev2 222 256MB - $239
This is still the best memory for overclocking your processor that I have used, so I am sticking with it. Finding good quality, highly overclockable memory can be a challenge. Mushkin has been there for me time and time again. This SDRAM is not cheap, especially considering the recent drop in memory prices. But if you plan on overclocking your system, most notably by the FSB, then getting high quality RAM is a must. The Mushkin Rev2 222 memory has passed tests up to 145 MHz running at a FSB of 108 MHz, stably.
However, if you don’t plan on overclocking, or only plan on overclocking by using the multiplier, it is very possible for you to simply get some of the cheaper 256MB PC133 modules for around $95. This is personal preference that you have to gauge.
Fan / Heatsink – Thermaltake Super Orb - $29
Last time we chose the Tai Sol Socket A line of HSFs for our guide, for a couple reasons. 1.) They worked good and 2.) the Super Orb didn't fit on the Abit KT7-RAID. Since we changed the motherboard to the Epox, and I have installed the Super Orb on this motherboard successfully several times, I see no problem in recommending it to the you all. This HSF is right on track with competing against the Alpha-brand heatsink, and almost half the price. Plus, it looks cool! :)
Read our review of the Thermaltake Super Orb.
Video Card – GeForce 2 GTS 64MB - $289
This option was pretty easy to choose as well, and since our last guide, the price has down even farther. Any GeForce 2 GTS video card, preferably one with 64MB of memory, should fit the bill nicely. Check out our Hercules 3D Prophet II review for proof of that.
While there are faster cards available, namely the GeForce 2 Ultras, I can’t see the difference in performance worth the additional cost involved. Running at $450+, the Ultras are the best video card on the market for gamers and developers alike, but for our recommendation, we think the GTS chipset will be more than powerful enough for some time to come.