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Seeking new CPU/MB advice

Filed in: Linux, tech, Mon, Jun 28 2004 07:54 PT

I’m looking at upgrading my Athlon 950 to something a little bit more shiny, and here’s where I enlist your help.

This is what I’m looking at buying:

  • AMD Athlon XP 3000+
  • ASUS “A7V600-X” KT600 Motherboard
  • Kingston 184 Pin 512MB DDR PC-3200
  • Maxtor Ultra ATA/133 250GB hard drive

I’m going to reuse my ATI All-In-Wonder Radeon card, and the WinTV PVR-250 I so enjoy. I also have a nice sound card, but I’m not sure whether or not to use the onboard audio on the motherboard. Either way, it should work.

This is probably going to be my first Linux-only primary desktop. So my question is, am I going to have any trouble? Does anyone see a looming conflict with what I’m buying?

And another thing: what the hell is up with fans? I went to pick one out, figuring, how many choices could there be? Well, Newegg has over a hundred of the damn things. I mean, fan is fan, right? I’m not planning to overclock or anything. This should be a slam dunk. What kind of fan do I need to buy?

5 responses to “Seeking new CPU/MB advice”

  1. Aleks says:

    If you are looking for quite box, good CPU fan makes a lot of difference. I’ve been using Zalman fans for last few years and they rock. Here is their latest — CNPS7000A-Cu (specs).

  2. Vivien says:

    I was a huge fan of AMD desktops a few years ago, but I changed my mind, especially since I’m an admin and I’m using more an more Linux.

    I also switched to Mini-PC for my home computers, I have 2 Shuttle a AthlonXP 2500+ used as a Dual Boot Desktop and a P4 2.8GHz used a web, multimedia and file server..

    Not sure this will fit your need as there’s only one PCI slot available.

    In all case I will avoid VIA chipset, which are not very stable and not very fast too (that’s my experience).
    For AMD I’d recommend an NVidia Chipset, and for Intel an Intel Chipset (i865 is a good choice).

    I think the Kingston memory is a very good choice.

    You might want to look at SATA drives as they are now well supported under Linux.

    For the fan, it depends on your needs. A big fan will need less rpm to cool you CPU and will be quieter.
    If you buy the CPU Box version a fan will be provided.

  3. Isaack says:

    There has gone inflation in fans, nevermind them all at the same time :p

    Anyway, have you considered the AMD64? They are now the coolest processors as well as fastest.
    And you can get it in a Shuttle case too, if you are interested in that.

  4. Matt May says:

    Wow. Isaack read my mind. 🙂

    I ended up buying an Athlon 64 2800+ CPU and a Chaintech motherboard. I’m pretty happy so far, knowing that my Linux kernel will be able to take advantage of the new architecture, but I’m a little nervous about what’s going to build for me without complaints and what’s going to explode into a million little pieces. Or, like MythTV, what’ll build, but then have its utilities fail…

  5. rui says:

    I was wondering. I just set up a debian system with the same mother board, and cannot get sound to work. Did yours work ok? What linux distro did you use? Please email me with any help.


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