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Old 12-02-2005, 08:25 PM   #1
Lazy Foo'
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Putting together my first Linux box, suggestions wanted

I'm putting together (with the help of a friend that actually knows what he's doing) my first computer. I plan on having a dual boot with SuSE and Windows XP. I just want some suggestions on what to get.

SuSE 9.3 pro


I just know I want it to have a PCI express slot for my graphic card and a decent amount of PCI expansion slots.

What is a good motherboard to get? Is there anything I should look for or avoid when getting a motherboard?

AMD 3700+

Kingston 1GB (512 x 2)

GeForce 6800 connecting via PCI-E

I have no idea what to get here

I have no idea what to get here

Yes, I still use dial up. I just want something cheap and compatible with Linux to hold me off until I get some sort of broadband.

I have no idea what to get here.

I would like to watch TV on my computer. Linux compatibility isn't a must here but its prefered. What I really want is high video quality.

Thanks in advance.
Old 12-03-2005, 01:41 AM   #2
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I always pick up sound blaster live cards for linux boxes because I never have a problem getting them working.

For the modem... Just make sure that it is not a win modem. This may be tricky because lots of modems that are winmodems will not say that they are. So a modem that is not software based.

Ethernet is pretty safe.. I am usually confortable buying whatever card and it will work. To be safer stick to d-link or 3com. Wireless networking is a different story.

There is a good chance that ethernet and sound will come on the board you get so you may want to just try sticking with whats on it and see if it will work. I have had a lot of trouble getting onboard audio working.

I only buy nvidia cards for linux as I never have installation or configuration problems and they have perks, like a nice settings program.

I would recomend the hauppauge wintv pvr-250 card for tv and check out mythTV in linux.


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