Hi, a friend of mine gave me an abit KT7 motherboard (no RAID) as a gift and I'm trying to put together a system for the first time but I have no idea what I'm doing here ...
The motherboard chipset is VIA Apollo KT133 (VT8363 and VT82C686A), and the manual says it supports Ultra DMA/66 IDE protocol. I'm wondering if I can use a ATA-100 hard drive if I buy a separate RAID card that supports ATA-100? The reason I'm thinking about buying a RAID card instead of a ATA-100 controller is because I'll buy another harddrive in the future (when I can afford it) and run RAID (if it's even possible with this motherboard?). Or is it not possible to run a single harddrive with a RAID card? Actually come to think of it, is it even possible to run a ATA-100 harddrive at all on this motherboard (eg. either using an ATA-100 controller card or RAID card)?
Also, I'm wondering what the difference is in RAM? I checked pricewatch.com and I see some really cheap 256 MB RAM ($29 or so? don't know the price off hand ...) My question is, are there any drawbacks for using cheap RAM instead of using, for example, Kingston value RAM (or is that bad too?). I heard that using cheap RAM might cause you to crash a lot so I thought I should check with you guys to make sure before I go and buy it.
Thanks for your help!