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How to Install the Abit KX7-333/KX7-333R Motherboard
Last updated: 1/18/2004

INTRODUCTION. This article provides detailed instructions for installing the Abit KX7-333 and KX-333R motherboards in a typical computer. The KX7-333 is high-performance motherboard featuring the VIA KT333 chipset. The KX-333R is the RAID version of the KX-333 and has the Highpoint HPT 372 IDE controller, which can support four additional ATA/133 hard disk drives in various RAID configurations. For those wanting to build a new computer with this motherboard, the steps in this article are designed to dovetail with those in How to Build a Computer with an AMD Socket A Athlon or Duron Processor by replacing the motherboard installation steps in that article with detailed steps specific to the KX7-333 in this article. We used an Athlon XP 1900+ (1.6 GHz) processor, Crucial 256 MByte DDR memory module, Thermaltake Volcano 6Cu heatsink-fan ("cooler"), and an Antec SX840 case with a 400-Watt power supply for the computer we built with the KX7-333R while writing this article. For the sake of brevity we will refer to both motherboards as the KX7-333R and point-out any differences as we proceed.

Inspect and Prepare and the Motherboard.

1. Inspect the motherboard, top and bottom, for any defects or signs that it is other than new... It should not be warped. Any bent or broken corners? Look for components that have been broken or are partially broken off. Does the anti-static bag look like the board has been in out of it several times? Look at the donuts around the holes used to fasten the board to the chassis. Do you see any signs (screw marks) that it has been in a chassis before? Is the box in good condition? Did you get everything? Did you receive the correct User Manual? Is it the latest version of the motherboard? Look for that info on the side of the furthest left PCI socket and on Abit's web site.

Why am I so cautious? Some unscrupulous vendors will take a motherboard that has been returned because there was something wrong with it and ship it right back out again to the next sucker that comes along. I might also add that many so called defective motherboards that are returned have nothing wrong them. And there are boards with defects/problems that are difficult to detect/duplicate. New is better.

2. Most motherboards come in an anti-static bag and/or are packed with an anti-static pads. As a precaution, it is advisable to place the motherboard on whatever anti-static material comes with it as shown above.

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