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July 20, 2005, 1:56 am
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I have an old Athlon 1800+ XP Thoroughbred Processor and want to build a
second PC using it and an old ATA hard drive and 512MB DDR memory i have. I
also want the PC to have Firewire so i am looking for an appropriate
motherboard that will take the above which has Firewire on board.
I dont want to spend a fortune and would appreciate any suggesstions,
Thanks In Advance
Re: Socket A motherboard with Firewire
I recently rebuilt my computer using a Gigabyte GA-7VT600 1394 (note
there are a number of versions of this board but the "1394" denotes
I originally put it together with a salvaged Athlon B 1000 from my
previous machine (it can be made to support the non-XP athlons by
means of a jumper on the board, but you won't need to do that) to
limit the cost - I was only buying the motherboard and some memory.
However, I was so impressed by the rock-solid stability under Windows
2000 that I've ended up upgrading the processor anyway (Athlon 2800
The onboard FW is fine - I just bought a digital camcorder and, once
I'd found a freeware DV capture utility (the camcorder didn't come
with any useful video software, only software for dealing with
stills), it worked perfectly. Quite happily dealt with an error-free
capture of DV whilst also compressing a bundle of tracks to mp3 at the
same time, and still responsive - whilst the processor's quicker than
your XP1800, I suspect the memory bandwidth has more to do with its
Definite recommend. If you're in the UK, Microdirect and Ebuyer sell
it for just over £40 inc VAT (not inc delivery).
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