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Im building my first linux box and just wanted your input, suggestions, or if iI forgot anything besides a mouse, keyboard, speakers, and monitor. Processor: AMD Athlon 64 3200+ 1GHz ...
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    Is this a good setup?


    Im building my first linux box and just wanted your input, suggestions, or if iI forgot anything besides a mouse, keyboard, speakers, and monitor.

    Processor: AMD Athlon 64 3200+ 1GHz FSB Socket 939 - $152.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103535

    Case: ASPIRE X-CRUISE -BK Black Computer Case With Side Panel Window - $65.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811144151

    Harddrive: HITACHI Deskstar T7K250 160GB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s - $89.50
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822145088

    Motherboard: ASUS A8N-E ATX AMD Motherboard - OEM - $86.25
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16813131530R

    Video card:CHAINTECH Geforce 6600 SE6600/128-64bit Video Card - $90.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814145123

    Power Supply: Thermaltake W0090RU 470W Power Supply - $67.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817153027

    Memory:GeIL Value 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Dual Channel Kit System Memory - $78.17
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820144310

    DvD Burner: SAMSUNG Black IDE DVD Burner Model SH-W162C/BEBN - OEM - $39.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827151091

    Floppy: NEC Black Internal Floppy Drive Model FD1231H-302 - OEM - $7.75
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16821152005

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    Few suggestions, if you are not planning on getting a SLi system in the near future, don't bother getting a motherboard which supports sli. Save yourself a few $$ and get a board based on the nForce4-Ultra chipset, only difference between this and sli is the extra pci-x 16 line. A motherboard based on this chipset is the ASUS A8N-E series.

    For RAM, try go for something a bit faster, and perhaps get it in 2x512 setup so you can take advantage of dual channel memory.

    Do you really need a floppy drive?? Treat yourself to lunch/dinner instead.
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    thanks ill update my components in a minute...what exactly is SLi...i like floppys, dunno why

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    also tae a look at the products and tell me if i need any extra cables or anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crashandburn0420
    ..what exactly is SLi...
    SLi is a nvidia technology which allows for the use of two similar (read exactly the same) graphics cards in parallel. Think of it as a "dual processor" setup, but only for graphics. To use SLi, one needs two nvidia 6xxx or newer series of cards which support SLi, last time I checked, some models of 6600's, all 6800's and above have SLi. Now, there is no Linux support for SLi at the moment, so such a setup would be wasted on a Linux system.

    Oh and another thing, that motherboard (my brother has one) has a 24-pin power connector. If your PSU has a 20-pin connector, the system will work, just don't overload it with too many peripherials. If you want a bit more stability and stuff, get a PSU which has the 24-pin connector, a PSU which has this will be labelled as e-atx compatible. Note I don't know which power supplies have this feature, my brother decided to stick with a 20-pin supply.

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    Just took a look at your graphics card. You'll need another one as your motherboard doesn't have an agp slot. You'll need one which uses a pci-x 16 slot. e.g. this geForce 6600 or this geforce 5700. I'd recommend you spend the extra $$ to get the 6600.

    For the harddrive, take a look at this hitachi, advantage over the maxtor is that it is a SATA2 drive, so theoreticially you should get 300MB/sec as opposed to 150MB/s. In reality, the SATA2 ones perform closer to around 140 - 200 MB/s. And for $10 more, you might as well get it. I've had some troubles with Maxtor with Linux, so I don't normally recommend them to people.

    Cables and stuff will be included with the motherboard.
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    PSU??? sorry this is my first.how would i know how many pins it is?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexK
    Quote Originally Posted by crashandburn0420
    ..what exactly is SLi...
    SLi is a nvidia technology which allows for the use of two similar (read exactly the same) graphics cards in parallel. Think of it as a "dual processor" setup, but only for graphics. To use SLi, one needs two nvidia 6xxx or newer series of cards which support SLi, last time I checked, some models of 6600's, all 6800's and above have SLi. Now, there is no Linux support for SLi at the moment, so such a setup would be wasted on a Linux system.

    Oh and another thing, that motherboard (my brother has one) has a 24-pin power connector. If your PSU has a 20-pin connector, the system will work, just don't overload it with too many peripherials. If you want a bit more stability and stuff, get a PSU which has the 24-pin connector, a PSU which has this will be labelled as e-atx compatible. Note I don't know which power supplies have this feature, my brother decided to stick with a 20-pin supply.

    edit::
    Just took a look at your graphics card. You'll need another one as your motherboard doesn't have an agp slot. You'll need one which uses a pci-x 16 slot. e.g. this geForce 6600 or this geforce 5700. I'd recommend you spend the extra $$ to get the 6600.

    For the harddrive, take a look at this hitachi, advantage over the maxtor is that it is a SATA2 drive, so theoreticially you should get 300MB/sec as opposed to 150MB/s. In reality, the SATA2 ones perform closer to around 140 - 200 MB/s. And for $10 more, you might as well get it. I've had some troubles with Maxtor with Linux, so I don't normally recommend them to people.

    Cables and stuff will be included with the motherboard.
    ok i changed my video card to the geforce 6600 and my harddrive to the hitachi

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    Quote Originally Posted by crashandburn0420
    PSU??? sorry this is my first.
    PSU = Power SUpply.

    I looked at newegg and here are some ones I found which have the 24 pin setup.Thermaltake W0062RU 420W $ 57.99

    Full search can be found here
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    thanks ... changed the PSU

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    yep, the system looks good now. Good luck building it.
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