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  • Building An Overclocked Dual Celeron System Part 2
    September 1999

    In Part I, I talked about what is involved when building an overclocked dual Celeron System. In this article, I will take you, step by step, through the process of building the system. I will only go into the relevant details of building the system, and will only touch on certain issues such as installing multiple OSs. That kind of stuff is for another article. :-) Anyway, let me give you some background as to why I chose to build a dual Celeron system.

    A few weeks ago, I had heard about the sudden craze of overclocking Celeron 366s to 550. I looked on the net and found a few articles on the subject. After reading a few articles, I was ready to dive right in and build my very own. At first, I planned on building a whole new machine to replace my old Pentium 400. However, due to monetary concerns I could not afford it. Instead I opted to build a cheap server that I can tinker with. So thus, I embarked on my journey to build a budget dual system. In this guide, I will share my experience in building my system, and how you can build your own.

    System Usage

    In order to properly build your system, you need to decide what the primary use of the system will be. I am using my dual system as a game/file server at the moment. There are many uses for a dual machine such as this. For example, you can use this machine to render graphics, do large calculations, play 3D games, and basically anything else you can think of. The two processors enhances all programs that are run on this machine, provided you use a capable OS.

    The use of your system will determine which components will be important and which will not. Since my machine will be a game/file server, I do not really need any fancy multimedia setup. A cheap, video card, sound card, monitor, and speakers should do. However, I do need a large HD, lots of memory, and perhaps a fast CD-ROM/CD-R. The CD-R is always useful when backing up large amounts of data, but not completely necessary.

    Now, if I were to decide to use the system for playing games, then I would have to install some new components. A fast 3D card and good monitor are what come to mind. Sound is really just a secondary option. An inexpensive sound card can still rock when coupled with some nice speakers. It all depends on your preference. Faster graphics will definitely help you out more than crystal clear sound.

    System Components

    At the moment, I do not have the means to purchase whole new system components. So, I used the parts I already had in a previous system to build this new system. In fact, I will test my previous system against this new dual setup to see what kind of performance increases are achieved. If you want to use this article as a guide in building your own, you can always substitute any components you want in the system. To be fair, I have included a component list of the system I would get if I had the money. Of course, the ideal system is still for the budget minded gamer. I did not quite get my system to run stable at 550. The highest I could get it to run was at 523. More on that later in the article.

    My Single System Specs:
    • Pentium II 400
    • Gateway G6 Full Tower Case
    • 128 MB Generic PC100
    • 32x Mitsumi CD-ROM
    • 10 GB Quantum Fireball
    • Ati 3D Rage Pro 8MB AGP 2X
    • Creative Labs 3D Blaster Voodoo 2 12MB SLI
    • STB TV PCI
    • Creative Labs Audio PCI64
    • 3Com Etherlink III
    My Dual System Specs:
    • Abit BP6 with 2 Celeron 366s @ 523
    • InWin IW-Q500-ATX
    • 128 MB Generic PC100
    • 32x Mitsumi CD-ROM
    • 10 GB Quantum Fireball EL
    • Ati 3D Rage Pro 8MB AGP 2X
    • Creative Labs 3D Blaster Voodoo 2 12MB SLI
    • STB TV PCI
    • 3Com Etherlink III
    Ideal Dual System Specs:
    • Abit BP6 with 2 Celeron 366s @ 550
    • InWin IW-Q500-ATX
    • 128 MB Samsung PC133
    • 48x Mitsumi CD-ROM
    • 18 GB Quantum Fireball Plus KA
    • 3dfx Voodoo3 3500TV
    • Diamond MX300
    • 3Com Etherlink III

    Note that since the sound card is integrated on the PII motherboard, I could not transfer it to the dual system. To compensate, I will disable the sound card in all tests. Eventually, I will have to get a sound card for the dual system, but for now it is not needed.

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    1. Intro/System Usage/System Components
    2. Building System/Celeron's Come/Installing System
    3. Choosing OS/Testing/Cooling/ First Impressions
    4. Bench's/Comparison/ SMP/Running Q3 Server/Conclusion
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    Author: Tom Solinap
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