[conspire] & now ive gone nuts + 64x2

Bill Moseley moseley at hank.org
Sun Apr 8 07:13:47 PDT 2007

On Sun, Apr 08, 2007 at 12:31:28AM -0700, Edmund J. Biow wrote:
> That's a fantastic deal good through Tuesday.  I bought the board with 
> the X2 5000 in February and have been quite happy with it.  The onboard 
> graphics has no trouble with Beryl.  BTW, this weekend Fry's has got 2 
> GB of PC5300 DDR2 for $100 after $100 MIR, a 400 GB Seagate SATAII hard 
> drive with a five year warranty for $100, and a 750 GB ATA/SATA drives 
> for the hairy palm set for only $229, no MIR. 
> http://www.frys-electronics-ads.com/

It's been two years or so since I built up a machine.  Last was built
with very quiet components and is almost silent.  It took some
research to figure out what parts to buy to get it that quiet.

I've been trying to follow discussions here on new hardware -- I'm
not that up on current desktop hardware.  Well, clueless would not be
too far off the mark.  The above is helpful, and gives me some leads.

Any idea if the above drives are considered "quiet" -- that's rather
subjective but a few years back there was a considerable difference in
drive noise.

Did you make any effort at building a quiet box?  What kind of fans
and cooler did you use?  How about power supply?

I've also been interested in a desktop that I could run Beryl on and
assumed I would need an external video card.  So, the above comment
got my attention.  The on-board graphics still share system memory?

Again, it's bee a few years, but it was the graphics I have had most
trouble getting working correctly.  I run multiple monitors so I
suspect I'll always need an external video card.  Is there a best
choice if you intend to run run graphics like Beryl?

Not sure how much I'd use Beryl -- I have a Mac that has many of those
fun desktop features and I find running my Debian machines with Icewm
much more productive.  I got so tired of it that my account on the Mac
just starts up to X11 and Icewm. ;)


Bill Moseley
moseley at hank.org

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