dual Athlon MP system?

By eveneannenevs · 4 replies
Jun 14, 2002
  1. Hey, all. I've finally saved enough to buy myself another computer! I'm currently running...

    Athlon 1.4 GHz /266 fsb
    I-Will KD-266 mobo
    512 PC133 ram
    GeForce 2 Ti 32 MB

    It's been a great computer... but I'm looking for something more -something more powerful. I'm looking into creating my own dual Athlon MP system, with 1800+ MPs. I'm thinking about which motherboard to get and there's either the ASUS or a TYAN. I need some advice on that, or with any other possible brands. But there's one thing im really worried about... POWER!!! Will a 400 watt PS suffice? or will I have to go higher? Would I need 2? Any advice on these matters would be much appreciated!

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  2. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,730   +379

    Remember reading a little while ago that MSI had a dual board out as well.
    Check details of the MSI K7D Master at tomshardware.

    Although I don't think this has been released yet :(
  3. tennesseehillma

    tennesseehillma TS Rookie

    be ready for editing with dual processors

    just for the record i wanna say to those people wanting more power, think about single processors n higher gigs, xp pro and win 2000 pro are the only good systems to put dual cpus on,95, 98 , win me dont support dual cpus. sound is a real problem with dual cpus you will have to tweak like hell to get it right, im not tryin to talk ya out of gettin a dual cpu board just make sure you research everything first or youll be disappointed bad. a 400 watt power supply is good for 2 cpus.
  4. Th3M1ghtyD8

    Th3M1ghtyD8 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 664

    I am running a dual system at the moment (2x PIII 850@1Ghz) and I would recommend that you get at least a 450Watt PSU for a pair of dual athlons. Also make sure your case is WELL cooled. 1 Athlon on its own is hot - 2 will be scorching. You need to be spending at least £80 on cooling a system such as that.
    (2 x £25 CPU fans + 3 Case fans @£10each)

    Use Windows XP Pro as well - great for productivity apps, and pretty good for games too.

    However before you even consider getting your dual system - do you actually need 2 cpus? 2 aren't any faster than 1 (except in Quake 3 based games), but excel at stuff like DVD ripping, 3d rendering etc.
  5. eveneannenevs

    eveneannenevs TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i'm going to be working with several graphics apps at a time including illustrator, flash and 3d studio max. any extra power i can get would be great.
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