View Full Version : Is this a good rig?

April 25th, 2008, 04:30 AM
Ok, this has to do with ubuntu but it is also kinda off-topic. Is this a good rig to run Ubuntu on, with lots of pictures and music, plus Compiz and running windows games in Wine:

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3160815AS 160GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

EVGA 256-P2-N751-TR GeForce 8600GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card
APEVIA ATX-CW500WP4 ATX 500W Power Supply 115/ 230 V UL, CSA, TUV, CE

G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Qty. 2

ECS P35T-A LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

Intel Core 2 Duo E4500 Allendale 2.2GHz 2M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor

I didn't include the performance-related stuff such as keyboard, floppy drive, fan, etc. If you have a suggestion for my rig, please post it. Im getting all my stuff from Newegg!

April 25th, 2008, 04:31 AM
I don't see anything that would cause a problem. Should work fine, I am running on something pretty close to that.

April 25th, 2008, 04:37 AM
I like Intel's video chipset better since they work out of the box, but not sure about their performance, it seems awfully snappy on this laptop (X3100)

nVidia & ATI are proprietary stuff which *can* be buggy at times.


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April 25th, 2008, 04:46 AM
I know your video card will work great as I am using it. as a general rule of thumb, on board audio usually doesn't work well, or at least easily. You could buy an audigy 2 sound card which I've heard good things about. Also, you might as well buy a tv tuner while you're here. Mythtv works great with Hauppauge tv cards which newegg stocks and really nice ones are around $100.

Dark Hornet
April 25th, 2008, 05:17 AM
The only suggestion that I would add would be to put a 500 GB or higher hard drive in there as well to store your movies, music, pictures, etc. The idea being your OS would be on your 160 GB hard drive, and all of your "media" would be on the larger drive. This would give you a certain level of protection in case you have to re-install, etc.