kenrouholo wrote:All AT power supplies were inefficient and none of them ever ran cool.
AT PSUs actually tended to run their fans at max speed all the time and there are actually Tualatins available that are pin-modded to work in Coppermine boards right away.
Not all Slot 1 boards support Coppermine.
Efficiency isn't really a concern with the very old rigs as these use way less power compared to modern rigs anyway.
meljor wrote:So far:
ti4200 came in agp 4x and 8x flavors. Check your model.
Don't use a card like that in a super socket 7 board, it is a bit risky as it might draw a bit too much from the agp slot for some boards. And it is complete overkill speedwise.
Yes, k6-2, k6-3 etc runs best on super 7 boards (100fsb) but they work also fine on a lot of normal socket 7 boards using the 66 or 75mhz fsb. THAT is what the 2x mult =6x multi is for, so you can use the 66mhz fsb x6 setting and still enjoy 400mhz on an old board. Around twice the speed of a normal pentium.
Not only Intel made great boards, a lot of manufacturers did. I prefer Asus.
When it comes to Bios options, you better stay away from Intel, Compaq, Dell etc.
No brand will give you guaranteed good caps, also not Intel.
Don't make a big deal about the caps. Yes, this stuff becomes old and caps do not live forever. And yes, a lot of times when they LOOK allright they might be, but they can also be non functional.
I have around 40+ retro motherboards and allmost all of them have only original caps and work 100% I Also have a lot of old psu's, AT and ATX and they work fine with original caps still.
Got 100+ graphics cards all working with original caps. So yes, check them, but don't worry too much.
Learn how to recap yourself, so you can fix things cheap and fast in the future.
OEM boards have way fewer options in BIOS, but for people who don't really care about overclocking and care more about stability over a little bit extra speed, OEM boards may actually be a very good deal (especially when it comes to prices).