[ubuntu-za] New PC

Andre Hugo cortexhugo at mac.com
Wed Sep 16 11:13:16 BST 2009


Thanks for the advice.  Will give it a go.

Regards
Andre Hugo

On 16 Sep 2009, at 11:06 AM, Craig A. Adams wrote:

> Hi Andre,
>
> 2009/9/16 Andre Hugo <cortexhugo at mac.com>:
>> Could you guys give me guidance on what motherboards and video card
>> (Available in RSA) to use that will support Compiz.
>
> Well, your choice depends on the overall performance you want out of
> the system, there are also considerations wrt 32 vs 64 bit.
>
> I would build a relatively inexpensive reasonable 32 bit performer  
> as follows...
>
> Processor:
>
> Unless you have specific needs, going Quad Core will largely be a  
> waste.
>
>     Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 2.80Ghz (3Mb Cache) - Good Performance
>     Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0Ghz (6Mb Cache) - Better Performance
>
>
>
> Mainboard:
>
> As you are looking for a dedicated video adapter to push Compiz, you
> would look at a board without integrated graphics. I have always
> preferred the Px5 Intel chipsets for this, but on a budget you could
> go for an Px3 chipset. I have listed Intel boards, but you can get
> equivalent Asus, Gigabyte, MSI etc. depending upon the feature set you
> are looking for.
>
>     Intel BLKDP43TF "Top Field" - Intel P43 Chipset
>     Intel BLKDP45SG "Skyberg" - Intel P45 Chipset
>
> Memory:
>
> Memory is cheap, put in a minimum of 4Gb. Going overboard on "high
> performance" memory is really a waste of money. What is important is
> to buy memory in pairs.
>
>     Transcend 2Gb DDR2 800Mhz x 2
>
> Video Adapter:
>
> Unless you are into gaming, you should not need anything really better
> than an nVidia GeForce 9500GT or an AMD ATI Radeon HD4650. Check
> compatibility for the specific chipset and model you would like. The
> Ubuntu Forums are an excellent resource for this.
>
> Chassis:
>
> Personal preference and mainboard size rules here. Just ensure that
> you get a quality 450W+ power supply with enough SATA power
> connectors. Be careful of some on the expensive chassis (eg Gigabtye
> iSolo), some look good but are actually terrible to work with.
>
> Optical Drive:
>
> Depending on your needs, virtually any SATA DVD-RW will do. I
> personally like two drives in my desktop.
>
> Removable Storage:
>
> The floppy is dead. Get a good internal 3.5" multi-card bay. Mecer
> actually stock a pretty good one. This is useful for SD, MMC and a
> bunch of other card types. The external ones just get in the way and
> clutter up the desk.
>
> Hard Drive:
>
> Choose your capacity and quantity as you like. Just ensure that the
> drive is SATA-II and has at least 32Mb cache. If you feel rich, you
> can also buy yourself an SSD. Everybody has a brand preference, but
> you are likely to end up with a Western Digital or Seagate drive.
>
> Keyboard / Mouse:
>
> Choose what you like. Just check to see if the mainboard has PS/2 if
> you want PS/2 devices.
>
> Monitor:
>
> An LCD 19" or better works the best. If I was choosing, either a BenQ
> HD2200 or a Samsung P2250.
>
> UPS:
>
> This is a must. Get yourself a 1KVa Line Interactive or better.
>
> Printer:
>
> Choose your printer using the Open Printing website as your guide.
> www.openprinting.org
>
> Speakers:
>
> Get a set of powered speakers as per your needs. Just ensure that they
> are not USB powered.
>
> Other Accessories:
>
> Go wild, most accessories are supported, but a quick Google search is
> recommended to check.
>
> Sound Card:
>
> You have to be careful here. Most on board sound chipsets work fine,
> but if you want to buy a separate card you must check current
> compatibility.
>
> Kindest Regards
>
> Craig A. Adams
>
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