System Spec (OT?)
shellycat.gw at ntlworld.com
Sat Feb 2 09:10:24 UTC 2008
David C. Uhrig wrote:
> On Jan 31, 2008 11:46 PM, Graham Watkins <shellycat.gw at ntlworld.com
> <mailto:shellycat.gw at ntlworld.com>> wrote:
> It's hardware upgrade time again. I have in mind the following custom
> built system.
> Hi Graham,
> A couple of thoughts for you to consider:
> 1) Consider getting 4GB (2x2GB) of RAM instead of just 2GB. With that
> motherboard, since there are only two slots for RAM, if you ever
> wanted to upgrade it to max out at 4GB you'd have to ditch the 2
> sticks you already have. Newegg has some 667MHz sets for as low as
> $78.99 and 800MHz for $83.99 (to use for another upgrade possibly
> later on). 
> 2) Pick up a normal DVD Drive so you have the option to copy CDs/DVDs
> on the fly or load multiple at a time.
> 3) You might have some troubles getting the drivers to work right for
> the 8400GS. I have an 8800GT and haven't been 100% successful yet.
> 4) What kind of a RAID are you going to be doing with the hard drive?
> 0? 80GB+160GB seems like a weird drive combo for anything else, and I
> don't know what kind of benefits you'd get from a single 240GB 'drive'
> as opposed to two separate drives.
> 5) Along the lines of #1, you might want to consider a slightly
> upgraded motherboard for the extra FSB speed boost, such as the
> GIGABYTE GA-73VM-S2, which is $62.99. 
> Just some thoughts. I hope you find them helpful!
> -David C. Uhrig
>  http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128079
Thanks for your reply David
1) I'd thought I was pushing the envelope with 2Gb RAM. Aren't there
difficulties getting the OS to recognise RAM over a certain amount?
Please correct me if I'm wrong about this.
2) I'll consider this although I don't as a rule copy on the fly - was
put off it due to high production of coasters when I first started burning.
3) I checked the NVDIA site and the driver is *supposed* to work with
the 8400GS. Can you think of another card that I might do better to
4) 2 hard drives on my computer is sort of a tradition or an old charter
or something due to usually running more than one operating system and
backing up crucial files to both in case one fails. (And it *has*
happened.) Didn't know much about RAID though I looked it up after
reading what you wrote and it looked a bit more technically
sophisticated than anything I'd needed up to now.
5) I shall look at your motherboard recommendation although as I am
based in the UK, newegg does not seem the most convenient site to order
my stuff from.
More information about the ubuntu-users