I'm new to the forums, though I've read the Tech Report for almost two years. Now that the irrelevant butt-kissing is out of the way, I'm building a system and have three questions:
1. I've seen AMD XP1800+ processors listed on Pricewatch as OEM with 10-20 *day* warranties. This seems really low to me, and implies that these chips are sub-standard somehow. Are these chips to be avoided? Will AMD support them to *any* degree? How important is a three year warranty on a CPU? (btw, that's the retail box warranty - it's about $20 for the retail package).
2. Is there a significant performance gain to using ECC DDR RAM? Again, it costs more, but does that really matter?
3. Any motherboard recommendations? Right now I like the Abit KR7-RAID, primarily for the 4 DIMM and 6 PCI slots. What's the history on these boards?
Thanks in advance for your help folks!
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