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kvasarnomad 05-15-2005 05:14 PM

new computer advices
 
I'm considering buying a new computer because my current computer have all those old standards and I don't think it's worth to upgrade it.

So now I want a computer that is as future proof as possible so I'm thinking a motherboard with socket 939 so I could upgrade to a FX in the future.

So I would be glad if you could comment on my setup in terms of compatibility and quality.

Motherboard: ASUS A8N-*
Processor: AMD Athlon64 3000+ 1.8GHz 512KB Socket939
GFX-Card: ASUS Extreme GeForce PCX6200GE 128Mb PCI Express
Ram: Standard 256 MB DDR-DIMM PC2700 333MHz
Case: Chieftec LCX-01*

I'm going to use my current computer hard-drives and monitor so I can save some money.

I have not made up my mind if I should buy the A8N that have SLI.
Is SLI supported in Linux?

Is the setup strong enough to play battlefield in cedega (I would be surprised if not)?

So what do you think?
I want it as future-proof and compatible with Linux as possible.

pilotgi 05-15-2005 06:19 PM

The socket 939 supports dual channel ddr ram. I think you're being a little too conservative with the ram, as two 256MB modules are only about $45.00.

Edit: Newegg sells it for $40.

Electro 05-15-2005 07:05 PM

Computers are not future proof. I would not invest in SLI because you can always get a card with dual GPU processors. Also the problem with two video cards they take up either a PCI or PCIe slot. I suggest getting the ASUS A8N-E. Until companies start pushing PCIe cards like IDE/SATA controllers, you have a 4X PCIe slot that can take high throughput devices.

The memory that you pick is way to slow for AMD Athlon64 processors. I suggest DDR433 because it can easily handle 400 Mhz and it will last longer. For games, I suggest putting at least 1 GB of memory.

You can try to wait until AMD Athlon64 X2 processor comes out in July or August. An AMD Athlon64 X2 3800+ is a good deal on performance and cost. Games have not yet to utilize multiple processor systems, but Linux schedules services on multiple processor systems better than Windows XP. You can make a CD/DVD, encode video, encode audio, or anything while you are playing a game. However you need an SMP kernel.

BTW, Next year AMD will be introducing another socket that makes this processor obsolete. It is known as the M2 socket.

kvasarnomad 05-16-2005 03:52 AM

I forgot to mention that I want it to be as cheap as possible.
thats why I chosed only standard 256 MB RAM and the cheapest Geforce.
I don't really intend to play games as I mostly just program apps and games, but as long as I can play battlefield in cedega I'm fine with that.

I know I could just buy a much cheaper computer if I used another socket configuration, but as my current computer is a no go at uppgrading I really want something that I could upgrade if I need it, therefore I chose the 939 Socket but I'm going to buy the cheapest CPU I can get my hands on.

As for the memory I guess I could buy a little more than 256 MB.
Is it better if I buy two 256 MB RAMs than one 512 MB because of this Dual Channnel tech pilotgi mentioned?
Do the RAM need to be of a certain type to be Dual Channel?


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