KR7a advice ; )

By Spotta
Mar 10, 2003
  1. Hi,
    I'm new to this forum, and am after some advice re an abit KR7a 133 Raid. I bought it brand new a year ago, I bought some brand new (at the time) PC2700 DDR to go with it, a Lian-Li case, Enermax PSU and some fast drives.
    I then ran out of money and had to put up with a 1000Mhz Duron, and a Rage 128 Pro :(
    Now I'm in a position to update it, I'm not about to junk the mobo yet, but this will be it's last upgrade, which I'm hoping will last me a while.
    Now as this mobo's been out for a year, I thought it would be a known quality, I thought I wouldn't have to update by trial and error.
    I bought the mobo for it OC capabilities, and would like to finally put them to good use, I am not after breaking any records, I'm prolly gonna air cool - although having been a aircon/refrigeration engineer for the last 12 years, know a lil' bit about cooling :cool: but quite simply haven't got the time to delve into this for my putta.
    I'm just hoping for recomendations for a good cpu for this board,
    if a 2400+ or 2600+ is gonna be held back by this board then I'll save my money and get a 2100+ - I was just hoping to get some other users veiws to help me decide,
    so maybe I should be asking - What size CPU would be considered a good final choice for this board, to take advantage of it's OC capabilities and not be held back by the board itself

    p.s. I'm also looking for recommendations for a new Video card that will also match these specs - ie more interested in getting good performance per pound spent rather than out and out power/speed

    many thanks


    specs of 'Jim'

    Lian-Li PC-60
    Abit KR7a Raid 133
    1000Mhz Duron
    256 PC2700 DDR
    80gig Maxtor
    60gig IMB GXP
    20gig Maxtor
    8gig Maxtor
    used solely for recording live audio,
    2.8gig Digital SCSI
    3.6gig Digital SCSI
    Rage 128 Pro
    Event Layla 24bit 10 out/10 in audio
    Hitachi DVD
    LG CDR
    Enermax EG365P-VE 350w
    Dual boot Win2k Advanced Server / XP Pro
  2. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,994

    the 2100 or 2200 and another stick of 256mb PC2700 would probably be your best bet. as far as graphics cards I would recommend taking a look at the soon to be released Radeon 9600 pro. it is going to retail at 199.00 and should be an excellent performer with a 400 mhz core.
  3. Svoboda

    Svoboda TS Rookie Posts: 70

    Definitely go with another stick of ram. However with ram prices dropping so sharply within the past few weeks, i think it would probably be in your budget to get a 512 stick, you can probably pick up on for 60-70 US dollars
  4. Spotta

    Spotta TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for the replies guys,

    512 mb of memory is already on it's way to me, I've managed to get the same PC2700 DDR as before (Samsung)

    Am I right in thinking that a 2100 "B" Tbred is the one to go for, I have been told this even though officially abit only support the thoroughbreds upto 2000 on this mobo.

    many thanks

  5. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,994

    you might want to call abit and ask them about using a 2100 t bred with your board. a freind of mine has two older K7 raid abit boards and they dont support t breds at all acording to abit.
  6. Spotta

    Spotta TS Rookie Topic Starter

    after reading this -
    I'm now thinking about a 1700+ and spending the money saved on some new trainers!
    Is this sort of speed usual for an overclocked 1700+
    seems like a bargin for £44 ;)

  7. Th3M1ghtyD8

    Th3M1ghtyD8 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 664

    Not at all, providing it is the Thoroughbred - B Revision 1700+.

    A quick visit to's CPU database reveals

    T-Bred 1700 Results....

    Total Entries in Database for T-Bred 1700 - 291
    Average overclocked speed - 2003 Mhz

    with the top overclock being 2710Mhz
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