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Processor

The AMD Athlon processor is the way to go. It's cheaper and faster than Intel's processor offering, and the quality is there. The AMD Duron 1.3GHz processor is arguably the "sweet spot" winner, but the AMD Athlon XP processors are just too tempting to resist! I purchased the OEM version of the AMD Athlon XP 1800+ processor for My Super PC.

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How to build a computer - top view of Athlon XP processor AMD Athlon XP 1800+ processor viewed from above. The small, shiny square shape in the very center is the processor core.

AMD Athlon Processor Recommended Power Supplies

How to build a computer - bottom view of Athlon XP processor AMD Athlon XP 1800+ processor viewed from the bottom.
How to build a computer - Athlon XP processor core Close-up view of the AMD Athlon XP 1800+ processor core.

The letters at the beginning of the third line indicate the "stepping" of the processor, in this case AGNGA. There are many possible stepping values and some people follow them with great interest in the belief that they are an indication of how well a processor will overclock. If you're not interested in overclocking then it's a non-issue since a XP 1800+ processor is a XP 1800+ processor.

Athlon Processor Versus Duron Processor

The AMD Duron is a 200 FSB (Front Side Bus) processor. The AMD Duron 1.3GHz processor will handle even demanding applications well. The AMD Athlon XP is a 266 FSB processor. From a practical point of view, the AMD Duron 1.3GHz processor in conjuction with a good video card will comfortably run virtually everything. But the measure of a PC's power as understood by the general consuming public is the GHz number. So to make sure my friends and family were appropriately impressed at what a powerful computer I could build, I'd go with at least the Athlon XP 1800+ processor! In fact, the Athlon XP 2100+ is a great value, and with it you have the satisfaction of breaking the 2.0GHz barrier.

This article Sizing Up AMD's Thunderbird, Athlon and Duron and this article describing AMD processor differences, including the Duron, Thunderbird and XP are good sources for information regarding comparisons and differences.


OEM Athlon Processor

I purchased the OEM version of the processor for My Super PC, even though the CPU cooler that comes in the retail package will do the job just fine. The reason is because I want something that cools better and performs more quietly than the CPU cooler that comes in the retail package. The OEM version of the processor is cheaper and may cover the difference in buying the CPU cooler separately. The OEM version is typically warrantied for a much shorter period of time, often 30 days. But the concensus opinion is that even only one month is plenty of time to know if the processor is good or not. If it's going to fail then it will fail soon after it is used.

The processor I used in My Super PC arrived in typical OEM packaging. Bubble-wrap around the processor sealed inside it's antistatic bag.
How to build a computer - Athlon XP OEM package How to build a computer - Athlon XP antistatic bag

Pentium Processor - Pentium III and Pentium 4

But why not an Intel Pentium processor? The Intel Pentium III and Intel Pentium 4 are very fine processors and if you choose one of them then you will be buying a quality processor that performs well. Now there was a time not so long ago when the AMD processor offering was not well perceived in terms of quality and was reported to have compatibility problems, especially with particular video cards. Today, this is no longer the case. The AMD Athlon Thunderbird performance, quality and compatibility is on a par with the Intel Pentium III or Intel Pentium 4. So all things being otherwise equal, it makes sense to go with the AMD Athlon Thunderbird processor since it is substantially cheaper. The new Pentium 4 has not won many converts since it is more expensive yet underperforms the AMD Athlon Thunderbird processor under real-world conditions even when the GHz of the AMD Athlon Thunderbird processor is significantly lower than that of the Pentium 4 processor.






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  Video Card
  Sound Card
  Hard Drive
  CPU Cooler And Case Fans
  How Fast Is It?
  Motherboard Benchmark Results
  System Benchmark Results
  Video Card Drivers Settings
  BIOS Settings
  Assemble
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