[linux-elitists] Shopping list
Thu May 4 00:02:37 PDT 2000
> I'm putting together a medium-deluxe Linux box for my home office, have
> decided to take a toy-warrior overkill approach this time, and would
> like to bounce some hardware ideas off the local elitists.
> First of all, the easy decision, the case. Deluxe Chrome Tower:
> That's 47 pounds of component-cooling, many-drive-bay-having,
> capacious black and chrome badassitude.
> Also PC Power and Cooling for the power supply -- Silencer 275 ATX.
> Now for the controversial stuff.
> CPU: AMD Athlon, whatever speed has the price break this
The newer kernels, either 2.2.15pre (19-20) or 2.3.99-preFoo can be compiled
directly for Athlon support. Rock on.
> Motherboard: Abit KA7
> RAM: 128 or 256 MB PC133 CAS-2 SDRAM
> (Rick Moen told me some important facts related to the "CAS-2"
> designation for RAM, and I haven't done my follow-up reading. Minus
> elitist points for me.)
Designation looks like it runs 133 Mhz on the motherboard bus. Check the
docs for your momboard that it can use such, as some will -only- speak to
100 MHz bus-speed memory chips.
> SCSI card: Adaptec 2940UW
> SCSI drives: IBM of course -- one 18.2GB, heinously fast and hot,
> or two 9.1GB 7200rpm drives? I wonder.
With SCSI's bus detach abilities, the more spindles the merrier. On the
other tentacle, why so small? Disc Drive Depot still has those 47 MB monsters
last time I was over there -- they may not be IBM but... :D
> Video cards: 2 3dfx Voodoo3 3000 (1 AGP, 1 PCI)
> (I have two monitors and a friend at 3dfx tells me that
> you can do Xinerama across 2 Voodoo3s.)
Once upon a time you had to think we were pretty scorched on these but now
they are one of the few well supported hot-stuff video cards at this point.
ATI can't even decide which BIOS to have for breakfast. Rock on.
> Sound card: Creative Labs Soundblaster Live Platinum
-*- <-- not paying enough attention to Creative Labs to tell what forms of
coolness are supported or not. Minus elite points for me. That's
okay. I plan to be making them up in spades soon.
> Ethernet: Intel EtherExpress Pro 10/100
Not that I really believe you would, but if you're thinking of it for a dual
boot Linux + redmond-beastie you'd be much better off with something whose
MSwin drivers have only one flavor -and- work... When I was at Ricoh, we
had these as "the standard" and had to stop using 'em in MSwin boxen for
this reason! 6 drivers, of which ONLY ONE works! Argh, welcome to windoze :P
Whereas FreeBSD and Linux have supported this for ages. But really, the SMC
family are sturdier cards ("older" ones used the still well-regarded Tulip
chipset, and the new ones are well supported) - some Kingston cards are also
using Tulip - and of course, there's Netgear :) Is there some reason you
wanted a hot-stuff machine but boring ethernet?
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