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Mother Boards, RAM and CPU

Mother-Board:

CPU Socket ___ ZIF ___ Non-ZIF ___ Surface Mount  _________  Other?!? (Newer style)
CPU Type Compatibilities: ___________________________________________
System BIOS ____ AMI ____ Award ____ Phoenix ____ Other ____________
Amount of Cache: ___________    Type of Cache: ______________
Primary Bus Type ___ ISA ___ EISA ___ VLB ___ PCI     Other __________________
# of Bus Slots ___ ISA ___ EISA ___ VLB ___ PCI
AGP Slot (for the video card) ____ No  _____ Yes     _____ 1x _____ 2x   _____ 4x
BUS Speed?  ____ 66MHz   _____ 100MHz    _____ 133MHz   ______________ Other
NOTE: Which CPU's will work on this motherboard in the future? (Both speed & type)?
This determines the ability to inexpensively upgrade in the future.
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CPU:

WILL IT WORK WITH THE MOTHERBOARD YOU SELECTED?  ____ No  _____ Yes
WILL IT MAX OUT THE MOTHERBOARD YOU SELECTED?      ____ No  _____ Yes
CPU Manufacturer ___ Intel ___ AMD ___ Cyrix __________________________ Other
CPU TYPE (model name): ______________________________________________
CPU Speed (MHz) _______
Amount of internal cache: ____________

RAM:

Total System RAM REQUIRED (MB's) _____________   (32 to 128 is the normal range)
Number of Open RAM Sockets __________
Ram Types: ___ 30 Pin ___ 72 Pin  ___ 168 Pin      Other ______________________
# of RAM Sockets ___   TYPE _____________________________________________
# of SIMMs required per Bank ___ 1 ___ 2 ___ 4 ___ 8 ___ 16
# of DIMMs required per Bank ___ 1 ___ 2 ___ 4 ___ 8 ___ 16
NOTE: DIMMs are faster and better than SIMMs... and are available in larger sizes, usually for less money on a head-to-head comparison.
Speed of RAM (nanoseconds)  ___________ (The smaller the number, the better)
Speed of RAM (megahertz)  ____________  (The larger the number, the better)

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