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This summer I will be upgrading most my computer (all the computing parts), and I am trying to make certaing that I don't buy the cheapo versions of anything (especially graphics) or buy something that will take tears and blood to get working under Linux. Here's what I plan on getting:
Nice choice in video card It's not top of the range so you save a lot of dollars but it'll still blow you away with performance.
I would up the CPU though, not 100% sure when the Conroe core Intels are due out (if they aren't already) but I'd love one of those! The dual-core AMDs are nice, I'm very happy with mine but then there is the AM2 processors that have the instruction set for Xen so in theory you can run Windows and linux side by side, at the same time, both at full speed. I'm assuming the new Intel series would be able to do the same thing but I'm not sure about that.
I have a Nforce4 motherboard and everything works great in linux. The ethernet isn't supported under BSD yet but if you're sticking with linux that's not a problem.
You didn't mention you had a budget. In that case I recently built a system with a Pentium D 820 and I think it's great. The whole thing came in at around AU$430 so in US$ it would be cheaper. I used it in a box running Windows Media Center with a Hauppauge PVR-500 (dual-tuner) and a FusionHDTV (single tuner) and I don't think I ever saw the video skip, fantastic CPU. Plus if you buy a suitable motherboard and shell out for a top cooler you can try and replicate this
Don't want to go with Intel
Got a valid reason for that? I have 2 AMD machines and 2 Intel machines here and I don't see a difference between brands. I just took a massive case fan out of my dual-core AMD machine and the average CPU temp jumped like 10C so the stock coolers obviously aren't that great whereas the heatsink that came with the Pentium D was pretty impressive and it idles at 30-35C where my AMD (minus the case fan) is at 39C.
if you try, you can find stuff a lot more high-end then that! Yet somehow, it's all just cheap junk that blows up no matter how much you pay! I upgraded way back in 2004...
Supermicro dual 64bit xeon board, dead in under 2 weeks!
3ware escalade 8500 raid card, dead in months!
Intel xeon cpu fans, dead in under a year!
Asus PCI-Express video card, died last january!
Western Digital stata drive, died a couple of months ago!
Luckily I've been getting good warranty replacements but sometimes it takes longer then they say. System was down a month waiting for a new video card but when I finnaly got it, I was thrilled! The Asus card was an ATI x600 and they back an nvidia GT7800 with double the memory and when I looked up the preformance charts on tomshardware site, they could not even be compared! It's so much faster!
I do believe that you will be better off going with the 939 board and it looks like a good board. I usually build with MSI but that is my preference. AMD will start pushing out more Sempron chips for the 939 boards which will allow for cheap upgrades. The Sempron chips are not bad considering cheap upgrades in the future. Plus, since AMd has supported the 939 board for an extended period of time. The will be a decent supply of chips in the future like the socket "A" boards. (Hell, I'm still using a socket "A" board and have been quite happy with it.)
The price of video card these days is a joke and really always has been. Hell that card is worht more than your processor and will lose half of its value in about probably six months but that is the video card world.
Last edited by brianthegreat; 06-18-2006 at 04:29 PM.
I'm not overclocking anything on my system. Call me a wuss, but I'd rather spend more to save burning out my system. I'll try overclocking when I have a career and disposeable income
I'm with you there considering the issue of over clocking. The procs are desinged to run at a certain speed and its best to not fool with your clock speed. Burning out a proc and what ever else is not worth the cash.
You should consider waiting on purchasing any of your components for at least a month. Intel is promising 60% price cuts on some of their processors on June 26th area in combination with their new Conroe's. AMD is also planning on staying competitive with Intel's price cuts through also reducing the prices on their chips as well. By waiting a month or two you should be able to have a much better system for about the same price.