component advice required: setting up a new linux machine (Fedora 10)
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It looks OK to me except for the integrated Intel graphics. You might consider picking up a standalone graphics card with an AMD or NVIDIA GPU. You can get quiet fanless versions at both ends of the performance spectrum.
Some may be out of your price range, but they are all fanless and have had good reviews. They are all ATI cards, because in that price range, NVIDIA's GPUs (G84, G86, G92, and G94) have potential problems. Of course, with a fanless design, make sure your case has good air flow.
I did have a look at your suggestions. Still, the question if I need this graphics power at all, remains undecided for me. I was told that the onboard graphics will be enough for my needs. So, why bother spending 60 bucks? Or will it be a lot faster? Then I might consider spending the money.
Another question which I was thinking about:
The overclocking of a slower CPU (cheaper!) in combination with an efficient cooling: is this as fast as buying a fast CPU (with a normal cooler) directly?
There is no point in spending extra on a separate graphics card for your requirements. An onboard graphics chip is fine.
I am just in the process of considering the rest of your post and I will reply shortly.
If you are looking for quiet and cool, then do make sure you start with a decent quality power supply. Try Seasonic or Antec etc. Do not go overboard on big numbers for PSU wattage. 380w or 430w should be more than enough for your purposes. Check here: http://www.thermaltake.outervision.com/
Following on from the above do make sure that you buy a decent case. Look at the Antec NSK4480 (may be too small) or NSK 6580 for starters. PSUs are included, by the way. Check the case is big enough for add-ons like coolers, especially Scythe (and sometimes graphics cards).
Standard OEM case fans are normally cheap and not so quiet. I suggest Akasa Ultra Quiet Amber or Noctua case fans as replacements.
If you are looking to overclock at a cheap price then this AMD CPU is the beast! It is designed to be overclocked but you can just leave it as standard for now. Just look at the customer feedback and price, but it will be going soon!
AMD Athlon 64 X2 5400 Brisbane 2.8GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Black Edition Processor at $60.99 (soon to be discontinued) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103289
I cannot wade through any more of Newegg's catalogue for product references, links and prices.
The Scythe coolers are very efficient but very large! Do not forget to use ArcticSilver5 paste between heatsink and cpu. Hitachi are okay for HDDs. Also consider Samsung for HDDs (Spinpoint) and DVD/RW. Don't forget to use a cheap anti-static wrist strap when building your pc.
Good luck with whatever you decide to purchase and do come back and let us know how your new machine performs when you have built it.
Although better RAM and all of that is nice, the reality is that you want to see things displayed. Which performance are you most likely to notice--that one motherboard is 2% faster than another or that your screen redraws at half the speed? Today's LCDs are getting bigger and bigger, and even desktop applications are being displayed more and more slowly due to the increasingly high resolutions. Maybe you have a small monitor now, but that will change. If you ever plan to use graphics programs, video, or games the graphics card will affect you. Additionally, don't forget the drivers. Probably ten times, if not a hundred times, more work has been put into the drivers for ATI and NVIDIA-based video cards than any of the others--including within the open source community. If everything works OK for you with an Intel graphics card, fine. If not, where will you go if the driver has a performance problem or bug? Finally, consider system load. If some percentage of your system memory and processor speed is siphoned off for running graphics, you will have that much less for computing power. Incidentally, the same is true of a sound card. Onboard sound is fine today as well, and it naturally less demanding than video, but onboard sound also extracts a few percent performance penalty compared to a system sporting a separate sound card.
With regard to overclocking, remember that the components are designed to run at a certain speed, draw a certain amount of power, and so forth. You can push them past their limits, but you are then making compromises with the longevity of your system. After all, wouldn't the manufacturer like an advantage over the competition by running faster at no extra cost to them? Or just add a bigger cooler? There is a reason they do not do it.
I agree, an add in Video card is overkill for your requirements.
The initial motherboard you had chosen, has a decent integrated Intel graphics chip on it, that supports 3D, and Open GL (neither of which your requirements indicate you have need of). and uses Open Source drivers that come with Linux.
IntelŪ Graphics Media Accelerator 3100
3D enhancements enable greater flexibility and scalability and improved realism with support for Microsoft DirectX* 9.0c Shader Model 2.0, OpenGL* 1.4. IntelŪ Graphics also support the highest levels of the Windows Vista* Aero experience.
To close this thread, first of all: thanks for the helpful input.
I am happy with the hardware I bought. Nevertheless, I had to do two upgrades: I inserted my old 3Com network card, because the onboard one had several freezes with Suse 11.1. The old one works (and worked in the old machine) perfectly.
The other thing I had to update was the graphics card: I could not get Google Earth running with the onboard chip. It showed many black squares instead of the map (I guess, the chip was simply too slow). So I bought a NVidia GE 8400 GS (30 bucks) - and now everything goes smooth.