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    building new computer, need to know if compatible


    hi. i decided to finaly build my own computer. so i want on newegg.com and found all the parts i wanted. decided to go ahead and just get everything from newegg because i helped 2 friends build computers befor and newegg was great. anyway, i have already ordered some stuff. here is what they are.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811166005
    >case, i thought it was the sweetest looking case there and it had 2 120mm fan ports and 3 80's. it came with all but one fan so i just went ahead and bought all new fans.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817167010
    >power supply, this one has PFC and puts out 600watts. i think it has good rails too. i was very confused about getting a power supply since i have no clue about these things. but my knowlagable friend had nothing bad to say about it so ill go with it. cheap but not exactly flashy.

    2X http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835129243
    2X http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835129235
    1X http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835129231
    > i thought these fans look good and stats say they are quiet. dont know how good arocool is but i hope its good.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827131329
    >cd burner, this one im worried about. its an sata cd burner and although i like it im not shure how linux will.


    well now im soon going to buy the rest of the computer. here it goes.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103534
    >proccessor, this thing has gotta be the best bang for the buck. i kinda wanted a 3500 but it was 80$ more so i wnt with this

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145523
    >ram, i like the timings and hope i can squeeze a little overclock out of them

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835128003
    >cpu heatsink, its big and there is a smaller version if any of you think it wont fit in the caes( remember, there is a case fan right above it.) gotta love the way it looks though.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820401701
    >card reader

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128269
    >motherboard, now heres a biggy. i dont know how well the SATA support for linux is, and i dont know how well the sound chip is supported. other than that thoough i love this board.

    2X http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148040
    > hard drives

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814143029
    >video card, very high end expensive and good name. i like it but i dont know if drivers support it yet.

    if you know anything wrong with this setup please let me know. im trying to run linux only on this.

    also ive wondered. if i do the software RAID 0 with the hard drives how will the mobo boot the kernel?. will i have to make a unraided partition and put/boot on it?
    nVidia G-Force 6600GT (bfg) pci-e: amd 64 2000+ (939): 1024 corsair ram: 2X 80gb seagate harddisk SATA: plextor cd/dvd-read/write cdrom SATA

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    I'm in posession of an GA-8KNXP (p4). It works great under Linux. yours is for AMD. I don't know about the soundchip (I only use stereo speakers, not 5ch and IDE harddisks.) the DSP gives 6 phase power to your CPU so even with poor power supplies no glitches.
    A friend of mine has three IDE drives and four SATA disks(no RAID) in his server and no problems No worries about the MoBo I'd say.

    As graphics, I use an Radeon 9200SE. (don't need super fast and mega high quality graphics)

    Maybe an idea to fill your PATA first? The drives are cheaper than SATA and sata disks keep getting bigger so save the for future drives.

    I'd go for the safe option for the CD burner and buy a PATA.

    PSU looks good to me. enough on amps on the 3.3 , 5 and 12V lines

    The case isn't my taste, it has a childish look.
    I look at functionality first, then the looks. If you want lots of harddisks in it, look at good cooling and loads of internal 3,5" bays. I have 'a boring' cream colored case from aopen with 5x5,25"+1x3,5" external and 7x 3,5" internal

    just my 2 cents

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    Seriously, you can get a PS2 running NetBSD. Im sure it'll work fine.

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    looks like a good setup, though i'd recomend against a gigabyte mobo. msi, dfi, abit are all very good.

    pretty much anything is compatible with linux, unless you start using hardware that just came out (my mistake, now i can't get sound working). btw, i have 2 sata drives and they work just fine. just make sure you use a distro with the 2.6 kernel. you picked out a very good gpu, but i don't think it's worth it if you're only running linux. most graphic intensive games (there are exceptions) run in windows only, so you can save money by getting a 6600gt instead of the 6800gt (i have a 6600gt, runs every game perfectly)

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    the thing is though that i kinda like what ive seen from gigabyte so far. im just going around and looking at boards that seem intersting. i do undwerstand though that gigabyte has a high RMA rate but ive also noticed that it was always broken when the person got it. so as long as it works when i get it ill be fight right? right? well, anyway there is know way they cant be considered a first tier company if they made crap. so im at least going to give them a try. as for the video card, i plan on playing ut2004 and when it comes out ut2006. alot. i also plan on giving quake four and doom 3 a try. so im gunna need that big ars card. im just still woried about sound becaus as it is now with my soundblaster card using a ensoniq 5880 i can only play from one sound source at a time and its gets kinda anoing.
    nVidia G-Force 6600GT (bfg) pci-e: amd 64 2000+ (939): 1024 corsair ram: 2X 80gb seagate harddisk SATA: plextor cd/dvd-read/write cdrom SATA

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    I have that exact mainboard and a 3500 proc, I've had no issues with either. I know opinions and experiences vary but the first "good" mainboard I bought was a Gigabyte and I've had excellent results from them so I always go with a Gigabyte. My optical drives are PATA so I can't offer any advice there but my SATA hard drive has been no trouble at all, as some one else already pointed out just make sure you go with the 2.6 kernel. I don't know anything about that power supply but I'd be worried about a 600 watter that cheap. Never ever skimp on the power supply. I'd suggest looking at Antec or Enermax for the power supply, also Cooler Master have been turning out some nice ones that won't burn too big a hole in your wallet. Nvidia graphics and Linux is usually a pretty good fit so I'd think you wouldn't have an issue there. My 6600GT was a little wonky at first but the latest drivers fixed it up fine.

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    a 6800gt most likely won't be able to play those games when they come out as they will be next-generation and will be using completely different and more advanced graphics/physics engines. my advice is to get a good (not great) card that can play todays games, and then later when ut2006 and quake 4 come out, get a new card. right now you can get a 6600gt for anywhere from $150-200.

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    congradulations on building your own system

    just a comparison: i got a Dell leaflet in Tuesdays' paper and compared the highest quality computer (desktop, not server) with my home computer and shopping around online for pc parts from Australia. there was a major difference in price (the own made one was a ton cheaper).

    compared to a Mac and it beats the crap out of it (price wise)

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    so what im hearing is, save myself 150$ and get a 6600gt. alright.... i got a good model in mind. its also bfg and its 250$. still, i cant stress enough about sound compatibility. and if i need to, what card do you recomend that supports 5.1 souround sound. anso i was skeptical too about the power supply. the same company makes another model that has same power but no pfc and costs i think 75$ or something but looks nicer. oh well, i already bought it. il tell you all how well it works. of course power suplies can always all of a sudden not work a month down the road.

    i do know that its a lot cheaper building a computer than buying an expensive coockie cutter model. besides the fact that you are getting products with a real brand name rather than some noname throwaway dell found in a refurbished clearence store. not to mention the lack of proprietary software that i wont use.and of course no preinstalled spyware. and of course the fun. i loved building my friends comuters. as a matter of fact, i seriously thought about building and selling computers. after all, what better way to spread the linux cheer.
    nVidia G-Force 6600GT (bfg) pci-e: amd 64 2000+ (939): 1024 corsair ram: 2X 80gb seagate harddisk SATA: plextor cd/dvd-read/write cdrom SATA

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    The link for the card reader is wrong.

    By the way , why does it say that they only sell two AMDs per customer ?

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