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brijam
May 4th, 2008, 01:35 AM
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.asp?ID=7541771

Use case: learning *nix at a deeper level. I don't need great video performance, or anything, as I've no plans to game. I work in sales for a software company where I'm spending more and more time in linux. I want to build a box from scratch, and then customize and tweak the OS. The box is going to be a hobby, really.

I'll overclock to 3.2 ghz, and maybe drop a quad core in at some point. Probably mess with offloading the NIC too; I want to experiment with CPU use and heavy messaging loads (also why I went AMD / HT over Intel).

Anyone have any comments on the stuff I've chosen? Will I have trouble getting things up and running immediately? I've built machines and installed OSes many times previously, but it's been a while and I'm very out of the hardware loop.

Thanks for any/all help.

argosreality
May 4th, 2008, 01:53 AM
The list doesn't load for me

brijam
May 4th, 2008, 06:24 AM
No idea what's up with Newegg public lists... maybe people can edit them after you post. In any case, I can get the list to come up, but it's not at all what I saved.

Here's my lineup so far:

APEVIA MX-PLEASURE-NW-BK Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case ATX 500W dual fan w/ automatic fan speed control Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16811144135

BIOSTAR TA770 A2+ AM2+/AM2 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16813138102

AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Brisbane 2.6GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Black Edition Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16819103194

HIPER HFC-20820-C1 80mm EBR ROHS Certified CPU Cooler - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16835224006

Kingston 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail (x2, for 4 gb total)
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16820134046

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16822148262

Sony NEC Optiarc Black 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM IDE DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1615/B2s - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16827101131

ASUS EAH3450/HTP/256M Radeon HD 3450 256MB 64-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16814121230

Again, I appreciate any/all comments.

brijam
May 4th, 2008, 07:54 PM
/bump

cb951303
May 4th, 2008, 08:09 PM
I would change the graphics card to nvidia (it's better supported in linux)
and here is a quick search for Marvell ethernet controller on your board:
The Marvel 88E8056 Gigabit Ethernet Controller is PCI-e but had a history of issues in Linux.

cheers ;)

cb951303
May 4th, 2008, 08:12 PM
I believe nvidia's boards are pretty well supported so this may be a solution to your graphics card + motherboard needs: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131072

EDIT: OK I should have researched a little more, it seems that this motherboard has some networking issues with linux
You can ignore this post

EDIT 2:
The Radeon HD 3200 on Linux with the fglrx driver is fast enough to handle Doom 3 and Quake 4 and even Enemy Territory: Quake Wars with lower quality settings. This integrated graphics processor is enough to satisfy a casual gamer... It seems like I was wrong about ati too *shy* anyway here is a nice motherboard reviewed by phoronix (8/10) http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=ecs_a780gm&num=1
and the newegg link http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813135075

brijam
May 4th, 2008, 09:58 PM
As far as the vid card, what I like about the one I've chosen is that it's cheap and fanless. I know ATI can be a bit of a crapshoot, but as long as I can get VESA to work, I can beat on it from there.

The integrated NIC is more concerning. I've found people that say they've gotten it to work ok, but I can't find an explicit resolution of the bug that was raised.

Thanks for your help.

brijam
May 5th, 2008, 05:15 AM
One more /bump... anyone?

sackbj
May 11th, 2008, 12:28 AM
My two cents worth:

I have used that Apevia fan before (the blue 120mm pictured with the case) and it is very loud. I ended up switching it out for a Scythe - much better.

I have a Sony DRU 720-A that has worked very well for me in Ubuntu, so I would certainly back Sony.