OT: Want to Build PC for Fedora Use - Hardware Questions

From: Clint Harshaw (clint_at_penguinsolutions.org)
Date: 07/01/04

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    Hi all:

    I'm wanting to try to build my own computer for home/office use with
    Fedora. I would like some help picking out some of the components to
    ensure that I'll have a good experience with the build and that all the
    things I typically use the computer for will work with a minimum of
    fuss. Here's a list of the things I use the computer for on a day-to-day

    mozilla browswer/mail and mail, gaim, xmms, kaffeine, emacs, latex,
    xdvi, xpdf, grip, ogg files, gimp, basic perl scripts,
    mysql/php/phpmyadmin, apache

    I tend to like the fancier screensavers, like Ant Spotlight, just
    because they look cool to me ;-) and enjoy an occasional game of Tux
    Racer and Neverball. I'd like to be able to play DVD movies on this new

    So I've been poking around newegg looking for what would make a good
    project for me to build and here's what I have come up with:

    ANTEC Life Style Series Black Case With 380W Power Supply, Model "SONATA"
    ASUS "P4P800-E Deluxe" i865PE Chipset Motherboard for Intel Socket 478 CPU
    ASUS nVIDIA GeForce FX5200 Video Card, 128MB DDR, 128-bit, DVI/TV-Out,
    8X AGP, Model "V9520/TD"
    Intel Pentium 4/ 2.8E GHz 800MHz FSB, 1MB L2 Cache, Hyper Threading
    Corsair Value Select (Dual Pack) 184 Pin 1G(512MBx2) DDR PC-3200
    Mitsumi Black 1.44MB 3.5inch Floppy Disk Drive, Model D359M3D/D359M3B

    Western Digital 80GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive, Model WD800JD

    Logitech Black Internet Keyboard PS/2 104keys

    Logitech SBF69 Optical Wheel Mouse PS/2

    TEAC 52X32X52 Internal EIDE CD-RW Combo Drive Black Bezel, Model DW-552G BLK

    I'd like some ideas about if this looks like a decent system, and if
    there are some changes that I ought to make to save some headaches
    and/or money. I have a couple of pre-built boxes that have nvidia cards
    in them, so I have gotten accustomed to the driver issues, but would
    really prefer something that was more in line with open source, so I
    could simply upgrade a kernel without the additional nvidia driver work.

    Do I even need a sound card, since the board comes with onboard audio?

    I sure would appreciate your opinions or suggestions. I'm horribly
    out-of-place when it comes to hardware and really need some help getting
    over this hurdle. Over the years, I have done individual component
    changes on machines that go down, but I've not ever picked out pieces
    from scratch.


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