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  1. #1
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    What hardware to buy, if building a new machine?

    I am considering building a new PC, and was wondering what hardware to buy with a view to what works well, and easily with fc3. (I will be dual booting it with XP if that matters) Has anyone written any guides?

    Another way of putting it -What are the troublesome items that I should avoid?


    The machine will consist of the usual. I'll put an example list here.

    m/board - which chipsets etc
    CPU - intel/AMD
    memory - 512MB enough?
    video card - is nvidia an issue (I have read about some problems) - are any more suited to linux than others?
    hard drive - SATA ok?
    sound card - soundblaster type - any issues with any models?
    DVD burner - multi +/-R/R/W
    network card - anything to avoid?
    USB ports
    SD card reader
    wifi - pci card, or USB connected

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    A couple people have asked this question before in the Hardware forum.

    That said, 512 MB of RAM should be enough. nVidia requires special drivers but should not be a problem.

    I get the impression that USB wifi or SATA drives may cause you issues, but I'm not sure of that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jman
    A couple people have asked this question before in the Hardware forum.

    That said, 512 MB of RAM should be enough. nVidia requires special drivers but should not be a problem.

    I get the impression that USB wifi or SATA drives may cause you issues, but I'm not sure of that.

    Thanks for your input.

    It's one of those difficult things, I know, as when buying new hardware, the temptation is to buy the latest and greatest, but then you run the risk of finding new problems, and sometimes the hardware isn't even listed on the 'compatible hardware' lists.

    I have USB working on my old machine, but the new one might have different USB hardware in it which might cause problems I suppose.

    As for wifi, well yes, it can cause problems, as I found out on a laptop. Ended up using Windows drivers within ndiswrapper :-(

    I had been hoping SATA was well supported by now. Guess I have to do some reading in that area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zxc
    m/board - which chipsets etc
    CPU - intel/AMD
    memory - 512MB enough?
    video card - is nvidia an issue (I have read about some problems) - are any more suited to linux than others?
    hard drive - SATA ok?
    sound card - soundblaster type - any issues with any models?
    DVD burner - multi +/-R/R/W
    network card - anything to avoid?
    USB ports
    SD card reader
    wifi - pci card, or USB connected
    CPU - I'd stay away from 64 bit and HT.
    Memory - 512 is ok
    Video - ATI and nvidia require work
    HD - I'd stay away from SATA
    Sound - don't know
    DVD - I'd stay away from dual-layer
    Network - I'd stay away from gigeth
    USB - should be ok, may have to disable acpi
    SD - don't know, but firewire works good

    basically, if you buy the newest stuff you may have issues. i buy one generation old stuff and it's always worked well.

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    I just assembled a Shuttle XPC that went together withought a problem; everything was detected, no messy configging required. AMD. You can get a barebones kit from Newegg for like, $175 and you just add hard drive, CD/DVD, floppy, ram, etc...
    "Money is the hydraulic fluid of coercion" me.

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    I love my Turtle Beach Santa Cruz sound card. Recognized and configured by Fedoras past and present without a hitch. Ditto my Plextor PX712A DVD+RW-RW. Never made a coaster.

    I also recommend Newegg.

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