Not so barebones for Linux

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  1. Gob

    Gob Illusion, Michael. A trick is something a whore do OT Supporter

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    Okay... so I went from wanting a cheap $300 barebones setup for linux, to maybe spending $600 on something decent (http://forums.offtopic.com/showthread.php?t=3124489), now I figure that I can build something fairly decent for $850. (I have a FSP AX-450 PSU already, so I'll be using that at first, don't need keyboard etc...) How does the rest of this look? At first I'm going to try running Ubuntu w/ LinuxMCE, or possible KnoppMyth as a PVR. I know none of the components are incredible, but should be a workable system yes?


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    Again, sorry for the newbie questions you guys answer everyday... but it is helpful for us newbies :)
     
  2. P07r0457

    P07r0457 New Member

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    I don't care for that mobo... Change that.

    The memory is crap. First of all you need TWO sticks to run dual channel. Secondly, Kingston buys from other manufacturers, puts their label on it, and charges more. Get corsair.

    Don't use artic silver. The paste included with a zalman hsf is good.
     
  3. deusexaethera

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    I prefer ATI TV Wonder cards instead of whatever brand that is you're thinking of buying; they're the most stable and they have the best user interface, in my opinion.

    I could argue with Jolly about the Arctic Silver, but I'm not in the mood for a pissing contest. Suffice it to say it's better than all the other kinds of heatsink goop.
     
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    NVIDIA have much better Linux drivers than ATi, although ATi's have been getting there.
     
  5. Gob

    Gob Illusion, Michael. A trick is something a whore do OT Supporter

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    Okay, so how is this motherboard?
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    The only thing that worries me is that the reviews say that it is a little finicky about which memory it will work with. I know it says DDR2 800 is the Memory Standard, but will DDR2 667 work? (Whats the difference?)
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    I wasn't able to find much corsair memory that had the 1.8v spec in DDR2 800. This stuff seems to be about my price range, any way to tell if it'll work?
     
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    it should work.




    ATi AIW cards suck so bad. Get an nVidia NVTV and a REAL gfx card and call it a day.
     
  7. Gob

    Gob Illusion, Michael. A trick is something a whore do OT Supporter

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    Allright, well its ordered and on its way. Any tips for the new guy as far as construction goes? Do you usually assemble the whole thing before you start it up or just the base? (E.G. Mobo, memory, PSU and CPU then check the bios or do you put in the sound card, video card, etc.. before you do anything?) Its been 10 yrs since I put together a machine, and I only did it twice so I don't really have much experience to draw from.
     
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    depends. on my own rig I take forever and get everything in. On other peoples rigs, I slap them together outside the box (dry run on my workbench, and begin the OS install while getting the chassis ready.
     
  9. deusexaethera

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    Ah, yeah, I didn't recommend the All-In-Wonder. The TV Wonder is a standalone TV tuner. The All-In-Wonder is only suitable for someone who doesn't play any games, because I think the best GPU you can get on one is a Radeon 9600.
     
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    even for their TV tuners, I'd rather avoid ATi.
     

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