Hot or Not? Athlon 1.2 ATX Mobo + 400W PSU(AMD recommended) + Case=$85.99


Golden Member
Jun 19, 2001
I was looking for just a new 400w PSU and came across this deal w/ includes an AMD recommended dual fan PSU (Macron) plus you get the other stuffs too..thought others in my situation would appreciate the deal..

check it here--credits to tb@rgains

anyone familiar w/ macron PSUs?


Oct 12, 2001
Here are the specs

Motherboard by ECS Elite Group (New)
Socket A VIA Chipset Motherboard
Supports AMD Athlon 600MHz - 1.2GHz (100MHz FSB - AKA 200 FSB CPUs)
AMD Duron processors up to 850MHz
Chipset: VIA VT8363 (NB) & VT82C686A (SB) - (KT133 Chipset)
Support AGP 2.0 specification (4X)
Super I/O - Integrated in VT82C686A (SB)
System Hardware Monitor: Integrated in VT82C686A (SB)
AC97 Audio Codec: Avance ALC100(RealTek)
Compliant with AC97 2.1 specification
Memory: Two 168-pin DIMM sockets for 3.3V SDRAM (Ready for PC100, PC133)
- (Maximum: 1.0GB)

I/O Interface
Supports Plug and Play function
PS/2 keyboard and PS/2 mouse connectors
Two USB Ports
One - EPP/ECP mode parallel port
Two - 16550 high-speed serial I/O ports
Audio Ports (Line-in, Line-out, Mic-in, CD-in and game port)
Dual PCI IDE interfaces - support four IDE devices (PIO mode 4, DMA Mode 2, -
- Ultra DMA 66)
Supports 360K~2.88M Byte, 3 Mode FDDs or LS120
ATX Power Supply Connector

Ports, Headers and Others:
IrDA header
Green, HDD, Power indicator LED headers
CPU and Case Fan headers
Modem Ring Wake-Up header
VT82C686A included 256 bytes of CMOS SRAM
With CMOS SRAM hardware clear jumper

Expansion Slots
2 PCI slots, 1 AGP slot, 1 AMR slot
Form Factor
microATX (244mm*220mm)
PCTel AMR 56K V.90 Modem is Also Included
Includes: Motherboard, HDD & FDD Cables, Drivers CD, & Manual
Note: Non-LAN Version

ATX Case (New)
(3) Externally accessible 5.25-inch drive bays
(2) Externally accessible 3.5-inch drive bays
(1) Internal 3.5-inch drive bay
Approx Size: 8.25 x 16 x 16.75 inches (LxHxD -may vary with lot)
Power and Reset switches (preinstalled)
Power and Hard Drive access indicator LEDs
Includes: (2) ATX Cover plates (Venus and Baby-AT), screw kit, power cord
Seven (7) Back Expansion Slot Punch Outs; Premounted PC Speaker
Removable interior and exterior side panels for easy installation
Room for ine (1) 3-inch internal fan (NOT Included)
NOTE: Faceplate design may vary from picture shown
NO POWER SUPPLY IN CASE ( It is Packed Separately )

ATX Power Supply by Macron (New)
Standard ATX Power Supply
AMD Recommended!
Great for Intel P4 Systems!
Works with any system calling for a great ATX power supply
400 Watts Output Max
Six Standard Power Leads
Two Floppy Drive Leads
On/Off Switch
Low Noise Design
Short Circuit Protection
Over Voltage Protection
Dual Ball Bearing Cooling Fans
Voltage Specs: 3.3V-22A; 5.0V-35A; 12V-15A; -5V-0.5A; -12V-0.8A; 5Vsb-3.0A
(Specs are as listed on the Power Supply Directly)
Includes an ATX Aux Power Connector (AKA Extended ATX), and ATX 12V Connector
Recommended for Athlon Systems up to 1400MHz
Recommended for Athlon XP 1500+, 1600+, 1700+ Systems
Complies with Intel ATX12V Standards (Pentium 4 ready!)
UL Listed for USA and Canada
Switchable between 115v/230v
DIMS: 165 x 150 x 85 mm (D x W x H)
Includes Power Cord

Sucks only 2 pci slots

Details of ECS K7VZM MOBO
Pic of Mobo


Senior member
May 29, 2001
Sounds like a good deal.

400 watt approved power supplies are usually $40+ on their own. And cases are certainly $20+ so to get a decent mother board included for less than $35 isn't bad at all.


Golden Member
Mar 25, 2000
Hmm, the Realtek LAN chipset is built-in, but there doesn't seem to be a header or port for this.

Basically, if you hook up a NIC and a soundcard (yes, I realize this board has built-in audio), you're done expanding, as all slots are filled. The included AMR modem is a nice bonus.


Oct 12, 2001


Basically, if you hook up a NIC and a soundcard (yes, I realize this board has built-in audio), you're done expanding, as all slots are filled. q]

I think you mean video card?

At least I don't see on board video :confused:


Golden Member
Mar 25, 2000
thejammy, the video card would presumably go in the AGP slot. I was talking about filling the 2 PCI slots. If you need something like USB 2.0, Firewire, SCSI, another ATA controller, a second NIC, a second video card for dual-display, another parallel port, etc., you could run out of slots.

This is a good board for mom'n'pop, who won't be doing any system expanding, and who will find the on-board stereo audio adequate.


Senior member
Nov 30, 2000
Looks like this MB is a 1.0b or 2.0b, to just support 200 fsb Athlons, only the 3.0 ver supports 266, still a good deal, get a 1.2 200Mhz for 95-100 shipped, with GeForce2 cards (and even GeForce 3) dropping in price, and using SDRam, still reasonable price, this would be a good "first build" for some people. Your upgrade potential on the cpu is zero, but, lets see, Barebones $86 + shipping, HD at Staples, $80, $100 for a CPU, HSF, $10, GeForce 3 ti200, $145, 512Meg PC133 cas2 ram, $86, and CD from CompGeeks, $30 shipped? $525 total +/-. Some of the fun is getting it cheaper, you probably can. Use it for a year, then buy a cheap case with 300W ps, move all this into it, sell it, and build a screamer using the orig. case and 400w PS.


Golden Member
Oct 28, 1999
Just a heads up. and not to crap. Its a nice deal... but I have used that case for 3 computers... All older, systems... and its a bear to work with and its not the best quality. The bigest knock I have against it and why I would not use it for and system above 600-800 is the power supply. It sits right above the cpu... So it kills airflow and adds heat. It can also get in the way of the hsf... I had to remove the ps just to get the board in. I built my sister an athlon thunderbird 650 and it was always locking up, so I had to ask her to leave the case off to help with the heat and airflow... So there you go!


Senior member
May 2, 2001
works for me, have a spare 800mHz 200fsb chip and hdd laying around, maybe even a tnt2. good enough for SETI or something


Feb 4, 2002
I have this case, and with a different motherboard layout there's no problem with the PSU interfering with the processor/HSF. From the picture of the mobo included with this deal, it looks like this could be a problem, however. Still a good deal I think.