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How to Build a Computer with an
AMD Socket A Athlon or Duron Processor
Part 1 - Gather the Stuff
Last updated: 5/12/2001

Introduction. This multi-part article describes how to build a computer with an AMD Socket A Athlon or Duron processor.  The steps we used to build the computer are presented as a detailed check list with notes and pictures.  This check list should serve as a good guide for those building an Athlon-based computer with components other than the specific ones used to build the computer used as an example.

AMD Socket A and Slot A Processors.  A Socket A processor and it's 462-pin Socket A are shown to the right. 

The Classic Athlon, shown to the left, is known as a Slot A processor and fits into a slot on the motherboard.  If you want to build a computer with an older Slot A processor and motherboard, detailed instructions are in How to build Your Own Athlon Computer (Slot A CPU).  That article may also be of interest for builders of a Socket A computer as it covers the installation of expansion boards, an operating system, monitor, etc. that were not used in the example computer built for this article.

Gather the Parts.  The example computer was built with the following parts:

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