[sf-lug] new computer

Christian Einfeldt einfeldt at gmail.com
Mon Nov 12 20:52:34 PST 2007

Alex, you did the right thing by posting to this list before buying.  Please
don't buy without letting this list get back to you on these things.  Also,
I have a friend who has built literally hundreds of Linux boxes.  He might
be willing to help you, but he will only install openSUSE on it, or *maybe*
PClinuxOS.  He does not like Ubuntu, though, and so he might not help you if
you are going to do Ubuntu, or he might help you build the box, but not
install Ubuntu.  He might just prefer to let you install Ubuntu.  I will ask
him, if you want his help.

Also, one important point:  why do you want to build a powerful box?  You
should know that in advance, because different Linux distros excel at
different things. Farther down in the list below you have asked us whether
we recommend one component over another, but most people here on this list
will probably need to know what you want to do with the box before they will
be able to make recommendations.

For example, if you are going to want to have 3d graphics acceleration
(spinning cubes, wiggly windows, etc) then you are going to need to choose
your video card very carefully, or Compiz won't work too well with it.  (I
would not recommend 3d graphics, because it is a waste of money, IMHO,
unless you really LOVE fancy things like windows that are stackable and burn
up in a fire dramatically when you close them).

Also, if you are going to build a powerful box, one of the most important
things is to find one guru with whom you get along well, and that guru might
have a preference for one distro over another, for example, my friend who
prefers openSUSE and PClinuxOS.

On Nov 12, 2007 8:39 PM, Alex Kleider <a_kleider at yahoo.com> wrote:

> I'm seriously considering building myself a "hefty" linux box.
> I'd appreciate any comments anyone might have as to possibility of
> incompatibilities with Linux (i.e. any unsupported hardware) or
> regarding anything else.
> Here's what I'm looking at:
>        SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B - OEM
>        LIAN LI PC-A05B Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
>        Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA
> 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (I probably don't need anything this big: would
> going smaller make it less likely to break?)
>        SeaSonic S12 Energy Plus SS-550HT ATX12V / EPS12V 550W Power
> Supply (some have advised 650W: necessary?)
>        Koutech IO-RCM620 USB 2.0 3.5"/5.25" Card Reader
>        mushkin 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
> Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 996527
>        EVGA 122-CK-NF63-TR LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel
> Motherboard
>        Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 Processor Model
> BX80557E6850
>        (The E6750 2.66GHz is an alternative: would it be better to
> stay conservative?)
>        TRENDnet TV-IP400 640 x 480 MAX Resolution RJ45 Advanced Pan &
> Tilt Internet Camera Server
> Any and all comments would be appreciated.
> alex
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