I have been drooling over other people's computer specs for long enough... it is time I had something that was made in this decade... before it is over, since it is 2008 already.
I have gone to NewEgg and selected the best I thought my needs and budget could handle... then came/comes the arduous task of finding out if Linux will make use of the hardware in question.
After hours of pouring over threads (mainly the threads about what is compatible and what is not, but also specific search term threads) I am thinking what I have selected looks pretty good, but thought I'd toss a post into the water and see if it floats. ((**Suddenly hears Pennywise saying, "We all float down here." **Shivers and shakes it off))
Here are the links for everything...
I already bought my new case, should keep things nice and cool, and be fabulously roomy:
Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
These are what I am looking at buying this weekend (8/30/08):
MSI P7N Diamond LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard with SoundBlaster X-Fi Extreme Audio
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
XFX PVT96GYDSU GeForce 9600 GT XXX Alpha Dog Eddition 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
Buying two of these CD Drives:
LITE-ON Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 20X DVD±R DVD Burner
ABS Tagan ITZ Series ITZ800-V2 800W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply
In addition, I already own a Western Digital Caviar 320GB EIDE hard drive that will be moved from my current machine to the new one.
Uh... let's see, aside from that, I will be keeping my 19' LG Flatron monitor (HDMI... I know, I know, it is going the way of the fishes, but I have a converter, okay? lol )
Also an ancient keyboard (that I adore,) it has no bells or whistles to worry about for compatibility (Microsoft Natural Elite II... sorry for saying the "M" word and even sorrier of having padded you-know-who's pockets, but what can I say...?)
Logitech Marble mouse, four button... have yet to finish messing around with btnx to get all four buttons working... been hoping to find 'scroll keys' so I can use them like a scroll wheel, but no luck yet, no SERIOUS searching yet either though. But if that fails, I will make one of them the 'third button' and pick something else for the other button to do.
Anyway, feel free to make any comment(s) you would like, cheers and jeers welcomed too!
Here is my current setup:
HP Pavilion 743n
AMD Athlon Thoroughbred XP2400+ 2.0 GHz
80GB HDD (Win XP Home SP2... and don't want SP3 until they fix it.)
nVidia GeForce 6800 PCI
uh... Realtech on-board audio
320GB HDD (Hardy Heron 8.04, Kubuntu, KDE 3.5.9)
Since the Win XP Home was obviously pre-installed, I will be replacing it with a boxed XP, that I will also have to buy. A shame too. If I could get my Wacom pen tablet to work right in Linux, I think I could see ditching Windows for good. I use the software that came with the Wacom frequently... and for 500 dollars, I am not going to relegate it to being a doorstop or dust collector. lol