Reply 40 of 148, by brostenen
My two cents.....
Go for a 440BX chipset, from one of the good brands. Something like Asus P2B, Asus P3B (the models with ISA slot) Intel SE440BX or just read this review/article from TomsHardware: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/review-sl … chipset,67.html
Why not 820 chipset? Well.... You will kind of like give up ISA slots. As I am not aware of any 820 that has them.
I have, however, one such board in my collection. An Intel-VC820 board.
The bad news about this board is that it is slow compared to most of the 440BX based boards.
As it is using RD-Ram and not PC-100 ram. The reason is complicated, so the short answer is memory timings.
(other factors play in, though the short answer are still timings)
The good part about the VC820 board, is that it is really stable and it has PC-Pci/SB-Link header.
That header is used for soundcards, such as an YMF-724 based card, in order to compensate for no ISA slot.
On the dual-CPU subject. Then it is not good for anything Win9x stuff. It is for server stuff.
It can be used for heavy productivity software too, and for that you need to have an OS that supports it.
Once you need dual CPU for gaming, then you need more horsepower than P-II/P-III can deliver.
Shure there are a few games that supports dual stuff on Slot1 platform. They are just not that many games.
(Or so have I been told)