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    Bologna, Italy

    Help me to choose a new desktop pc

    I hope to be in-topic here, I neeed a new pc, my old AMD 900 Mhz (running Ubuntu 6.06) it's slow to manage large multimedia files and I want something more powerful and faster. I don't need nothing particular, with my pc I just surf internet, manage and edit audio files and photos and office. I would like to have a good 3D support to use XGL and the new possibilities offered by the next Gnome issue.
    Ubuntu 6.06 will be th O.S, I will buy the pc without os an I install it.
    I have composed an AMD based pc and I would like your opinion about the linux compatibility, the quality and the balance between the components:

    Mother board: Abit KN8 ultra socket 939 nVidia nForce 4 Ultra
    Processor: AMD Athlon 64 3500+ OEM Socket 939
    Memory: 1GB DDR SDRAM Corsair PC3200 CAS 2 Platinum 400 Mhz
    Video card: Asus EN&&==GT HTD 256mb Nvidia GeForce 6600GT PCI express
    Hard Disk Hitachi 250 GB S-ATA2 300 7200 RPM cache 8 mb
    DVD writer by LG

    Thanks for your help.

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    Linux Enthusiast Weedman's Avatar
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    May 2005
    Tasmania, Australia
    Looks good.

    I am unsure if the Nforce 4 chipset has great support in Linux. Hopefully someone will know.

    That's a nice system you've got there. Especially the Video card, as it is a good chipset and PCI-E which allows for upgradability.

    Apart from the chipset of the motherboard (which I am unsure about), it all looks fine to me.

    Happy computing with that machine (if you decide to get it in that form).

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    Linux Guru AlexK's Avatar
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    Feb 2005
    nForce 4 has good linux support, SUSE 9.3 and 10.1 work fine on my brother's computer. Everything detected... (his mobo is ASUS A8N-E nForce 4 Ultra)

    other than that, like weedman said, rest of specs look good and should work without any trouble in linux. Any particular reason why you are going for a S939 single core instead of a low end AM2 Single Core? (just for some minimal future proofing)
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    I don't need nothing particular, with my pc I just surf internet, manage and edit audio files and photos and office.
    Processor: AMD Athlon 64 3500+ OEM Socket 939
    A bit of an overkill for your needs imho. No need to spend lots of bucks on fast processors if you don't really use/need all of their power for e.g. clustering but only surf the web and deal with a few media-files.

    Just my opinion.
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