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  1. #1

    good setup for linux?

    ok i plan on doing an upgrade sometime, this is what i have planned, definately a amd xp 2500+ barton, i want a dfi NFII Lanparty mobo, if not my second choice is the Abit KF7-S, third choice will be the asus A7N8X Deluxe, then we go on to ram, i plan on getting the fastest ram possible, i want some OCZ PC3700, then goes to power supply, preferably a Antec, Sparkle\fortron but i will settle for a enermax one, i know the psu has nothing to do with linux or windows, but has some to do with overclocking, which i plan to do . umm next is vidcard, i want a Nvidia FX 5600 or 5800, but i will settle for the 5200 considering price, that brings to total cost down alot then i can just buy another vid card later lol, its either that or a radeon 9500pro. i wont go non pro because the 5600 beats that out and i know nvidia has linux drivers, but i dont know if ati has produced linux drivers yet, does anyone know if any of this hardware has any problems in linux? i am also pointing towards nvidia because i know where to get some permanent overclocking utils, bios editors and such. and i dont know of any for ati. all my friends are like, bwa your crazy because ati cards perform better, i know it, but i want something all round that works for everything.
    AMD Athlon XP 2500+<br />DFI NFII Ultra Infinity(gigabyte sucks)<br />OCZ 2 x 512 PC3200<br />ATI Radeon AIW 9600 PRO<br />16x DVD-Rom (not in use)<br />LG 8x DVD-Burner<br />LG 40x12x40 CD-RW<br />WD 120GB<br />420W PSU<br />Tweaked out case<br />:)

  2. #2

    Re:good setup for linux?

    I don't know about going with an nForce2 chipset motherboard. I have one, and it only gives me problems when combined with an ATI video card. So if you ever plan to use an ATI video card, then don't buy an nForce2 motherboard.

    I would recommend this board. A7V600. It's a KT600 Chipset, so it should out perform the KT400A boards, and it's got some nice features included with it, all at a relative cheap price. About $88-$100.

    Asus A7V600
    VIA KT600/VT8237
    400FSB
    3xDDR400
    1xAGP 8X
    6xPCI
    2x UltraDMA133/100
    4xUSB 2.0
    Onboard Audio
    Gigabyte LAN
    AMD Athlon 2200+ 1.8Ghz
    1280MB PC-3200 CAS2.5 RAM
    ATI Radeon 9600 Pro 128MB AGP
    Western Digital WDC WD2500JB-00FUA0 250GB 7200 rpm ATA/133
    Seagate ST3200822A 200GB 7200 rpm ATA/133
    Western Digital WDC WD1200BB-00CAA1 120GB 7200 rpm ATA/133
    Western Digital WDC WD800BB-00CAA1 80GB 7200 rpm ATA/133
    Maxtor OneTouch 2HA43R32 1TB 7200 rpm USB 2.0
    D-Link DFE-530TX+ 10/100 NIC
    D-Link DWL-G520 Rev.A
    Debian 5.0r1 Lenny

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    Re:good setup for linux?

    if you didnt see, OVERCLOCKING!!!!!, NFORCE IS NEEDED , by nature the Thourobred(SP?) and bartons are unlocked from factory, as far as i know, via mobo's dont see that fact, nforces do, also, nforces have locked pci bus's, so with the ram i am getting i could go to 233*10.5 or so instead of 190*13, higher FSP yields most overall improvement. therefore i am sticking with a NFORCE II mobo no matter what, but thanks for the advice Skynet.
    AMD Athlon XP 2500+<br />DFI NFII Ultra Infinity(gigabyte sucks)<br />OCZ 2 x 512 PC3200<br />ATI Radeon AIW 9600 PRO<br />16x DVD-Rom (not in use)<br />LG 8x DVD-Burner<br />LG 40x12x40 CD-RW<br />WD 120GB<br />420W PSU<br />Tweaked out case<br />:)

  4. #4

    Re:good setup for linux?

    Okay, just don't get an ATI card, unless you have a way of testing it first.
    AMD Athlon 2200+ 1.8Ghz
    1280MB PC-3200 CAS2.5 RAM
    ATI Radeon 9600 Pro 128MB AGP
    Western Digital WDC WD2500JB-00FUA0 250GB 7200 rpm ATA/133
    Seagate ST3200822A 200GB 7200 rpm ATA/133
    Western Digital WDC WD1200BB-00CAA1 120GB 7200 rpm ATA/133
    Western Digital WDC WD800BB-00CAA1 80GB 7200 rpm ATA/133
    Maxtor OneTouch 2HA43R32 1TB 7200 rpm USB 2.0
    D-Link DFE-530TX+ 10/100 NIC
    D-Link DWL-G520 Rev.A
    Debian 5.0r1 Lenny

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    Re:good setup for linux?

    i honestly dont see why i would have a problem with an ATI card, i read alot on the overclocking forums and alot of people have NFII and ATI. i was more or less looking for anything that would actually have trouble with linux, vs hardware not working together.
    AMD Athlon XP 2500+<br />DFI NFII Ultra Infinity(gigabyte sucks)<br />OCZ 2 x 512 PC3200<br />ATI Radeon AIW 9600 PRO<br />16x DVD-Rom (not in use)<br />LG 8x DVD-Burner<br />LG 40x12x40 CD-RW<br />WD 120GB<br />420W PSU<br />Tweaked out case<br />:)

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    Re:good setup for linux?

    btw skynet, what exact board was it?
    AMD Athlon XP 2500+<br />DFI NFII Ultra Infinity(gigabyte sucks)<br />OCZ 2 x 512 PC3200<br />ATI Radeon AIW 9600 PRO<br />16x DVD-Rom (not in use)<br />LG 8x DVD-Burner<br />LG 40x12x40 CD-RW<br />WD 120GB<br />420W PSU<br />Tweaked out case<br />:)

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    Re:good setup for linux?

    The board I had/still have is an MSI K7N2-L coupled with an ATI Radeon 9600 Pro. It works okay in 4x AGP set from the BIOS, but when set to 8x AGP it doesn't work at all. So the ATI card could not use it's full potential.

    I bought a Gigabyte GA-7VAX-A KT400A chipset to replace the MSI, and now all is well, except that this board doesn't detect the DVD-ROM drive in BIOS. I've sent in a tech support e-mail, and I'm waiting on a reply.
    AMD Athlon 2200+ 1.8Ghz
    1280MB PC-3200 CAS2.5 RAM
    ATI Radeon 9600 Pro 128MB AGP
    Western Digital WDC WD2500JB-00FUA0 250GB 7200 rpm ATA/133
    Seagate ST3200822A 200GB 7200 rpm ATA/133
    Western Digital WDC WD1200BB-00CAA1 120GB 7200 rpm ATA/133
    Western Digital WDC WD800BB-00CAA1 80GB 7200 rpm ATA/133
    Maxtor OneTouch 2HA43R32 1TB 7200 rpm USB 2.0
    D-Link DFE-530TX+ 10/100 NIC
    D-Link DWL-G520 Rev.A
    Debian 5.0r1 Lenny

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    Re:good setup for linux?

    yeah i hear MSI and Gigabyte are not the best boards, more for users that just want a mediocre system, not high proformance overclocking boards or anything.
    AMD Athlon XP 2500+<br />DFI NFII Ultra Infinity(gigabyte sucks)<br />OCZ 2 x 512 PC3200<br />ATI Radeon AIW 9600 PRO<br />16x DVD-Rom (not in use)<br />LG 8x DVD-Burner<br />LG 40x12x40 CD-RW<br />WD 120GB<br />420W PSU<br />Tweaked out case<br />:)

  9. #9

    Re:good setup for linux?

    Well, I don't know about MSI, but the Gigabyte board performs really well. The only problem is it doesn't detect the DVD-ROM drive. I'm getting by with an External DVD-Burner at the moment. However if at all possible, I would like to avoid buying another DVD-ROM drive.

    I think before I do that, I'll switch out with the DVD-ROM drive in this computer, and see if it picks it up. If so, then I'll just make a trade, and save some money.

    More then likely it's probably some user error on my part somewhere. A jumper I forgot to remove or install or something like that.
    AMD Athlon 2200+ 1.8Ghz
    1280MB PC-3200 CAS2.5 RAM
    ATI Radeon 9600 Pro 128MB AGP
    Western Digital WDC WD2500JB-00FUA0 250GB 7200 rpm ATA/133
    Seagate ST3200822A 200GB 7200 rpm ATA/133
    Western Digital WDC WD1200BB-00CAA1 120GB 7200 rpm ATA/133
    Western Digital WDC WD800BB-00CAA1 80GB 7200 rpm ATA/133
    Maxtor OneTouch 2HA43R32 1TB 7200 rpm USB 2.0
    D-Link DFE-530TX+ 10/100 NIC
    D-Link DWL-G520 Rev.A
    Debian 5.0r1 Lenny

  10. #10

    Re:good setup for linux?

    well if you think that you might just want to take a brief check at the jumpers and make sure .
    AMD Athlon XP 2500+<br />DFI NFII Ultra Infinity(gigabyte sucks)<br />OCZ 2 x 512 PC3200<br />ATI Radeon AIW 9600 PRO<br />16x DVD-Rom (not in use)<br />LG 8x DVD-Burner<br />LG 40x12x40 CD-RW<br />WD 120GB<br />420W PSU<br />Tweaked out case<br />:)

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