View Full Version : [all variants] how's this for a new box?

May 4th, 2008, 01:35 AM

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.

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

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

BIOSTAR TA770 A2+ AM2+/AM2 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Brisbane 2.6GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Black Edition Processor - Retail

HIPER HFC-20820-C1 80mm EBR ROHS Certified CPU Cooler - Retail

Kingston 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail (x2, for 4 gb total)

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

Sony NEC Optiarc Black 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM IDE DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1615/B2s - OEM

ASUS EAH3450/HTP/256M Radeon HD 3450 256MB 64-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - Retail

Again, I appreciate any/all comments.

May 4th, 2008, 07:54 PM

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 ;)

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

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

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.

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

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.