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Old 03-25-2004, 12:38 PM   #1
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Building a PC to dual boot Linux and XP. What do you think of the hardware?


Graphics card- nVIDIA GeForce FX5200 128Mb link
Hard Drive- WD 80 giglink
Optical drive-NEC DVD/CD burner link
Motherboard- ASUS A7N8X link
Power Supply- 400w Antec
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Processor- AMD Athlon XP 2500+ (possibly OC'd)
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RAM- 1 gig
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Case- Aspire X-Dreamer II
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Let me know what you think of the hardware I chose!
 
Old 03-25-2004, 01:01 PM   #2
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All the hardware looks solid. I would partition the HDD with you Linux distro first, as MS likes to infect the entire HD. Remember that Windows has to be on the first block of the HD. There are hacks to install it on later segments of the HD, but as far as I know, they're unreliable at best.

Be careful with the overclocking of that chip on that board. I've been able to push 2500s to about 2800 on that board, but anymore causes some serious bus problems. Make sure your cooling solution is good (which really goes for any PC).

Best of luck
 
Old 03-25-2004, 01:32 PM   #3
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Dude - I am using the exact same CPU, RAM, HDD, and PSU in one of my boxes. Good choices all the way around, and if you're getting them from Newegg, once again, great call. I have been very satisfied with all my purchases from them.

The Barton chip appears to be very well suited to OC'ing. I experimented with it, and got it up to 3200 from 2500, but I don't know enough about OC'ing to keep those settings permanent so I just left it using its original factory specs. Great chip, and very stable. Similarly, the RAM is top notch, and the 8Mg cache on the HD really improves performance. I don't know if you've already used drives with that size cache, but if not, you'll be in for a treat. Have fun with the new system -- J.W.
 
Old 03-25-2004, 03:42 PM   #4
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Make sure your cooling solution is good (which really goes for any PC).

Best of luck
Im planning on a fan or 2 up front, the one in the top of the case, one on the back, and the one in the window. I think that will be plenty. Also planning on using some Arctic Silver. I have a friend that swears by it.
 
Old 03-25-2004, 04:07 PM   #5
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overclocking those AMD's can make them unstable, ive heard they run hot anyways.
I would get an Intel processor, if your board will support it.
 
Old 03-25-2004, 06:16 PM   #6
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overclocking those AMD's can make them unstable, ive heard they run hot anyways.
I would get an Intel processor, if your board will support it.
I would get an Intel, but Im trying to be a little cost conscious with this one, seeing as how Im a poor college student
 
Old 03-25-2004, 07:04 PM   #7
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Intel is a horrible brand to continue supporting. The fact that they are practically owned by M$ now make me say that the less money I feed them, the less likely the next generation of PC's will be "Window's Only" machines. AMD chips are powerful, stable, cheap and more overclockable than ANY intel chip on the market.

And I'll swear by something too: the Hammer family of chips. Most outstanding CPU's I've ever seen.

And that's my peace.
 
Old 03-25-2004, 07:43 PM   #8
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I have to agree...go with AMD,their better by far.Yes they do run warmer than intel BUT their built to handle it.The only thing else to add...I've had bad luck with WD drives..Maxtor would be a better choice (my opinion)
 
Old 03-26-2004, 02:57 AM   #9
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may I suggest water cooling for your CPU? that is if you dont go with something that sends the CPU temp down to -30c

and also I agree with liljim, go with a maxtor, for some reason WD HD's burn out pretty quickly (at least from what Ive seen)

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