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1337ification of phobos - Alex Belits
1337ification of phobos
phobos, my home desktop box, is going through a long-overdue upgrade. I have replaced the MSI K7T Turbo motherboard with also MSI K7N2 Delta2, and Nvidia GeForce2, 64M video card with also Nvidia FX 5600 128M, so accidentally I have kept the same vendors for CPU, motherboard and the video card. Except that K7T has VIA KT133A chipset, and K7N2 uses nForce2 400. The CPU is Athlon XP 1800+ for now, and I am waiting for Athlon XP 3200+ to arrive. How will the 400MHz FSB improve things, remains to be seen.

All devices except for the onboard sound, seem to work perfectly under Linux, and I use the SBLive card that I have kept from the previous setup, with its alsa driver.

I haven't made any changes to the software configuration, except for switching to 2.6 kernel -- it's running Gentoo with Gnome desktop, so I guess, now I will be dissed as Gentoo ricer, AMD loyalist (for Athlon XP), Nvidia fanboi (for using Nvidia board and its binary driver), Open Source zealot (for not using Nvidia nForce binary drivers) *and* a cheapass (for choosing 5600 with 128M instead of something beefier). And that on top of Linux zealot, of course.

My answer to that dissing will be:
Shut up and don't forget to install your SP2, on your dual Xeon desktop, with Radeon 9800-whatever, so you won't get pwn3d while running your benchmarks to prove how your setup is 25% faster for things that I don't care for doing on my desktop in the first place.
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From: (Anonymous) Date: August 31st, 2004 11:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

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From: jigenm4c Date: September 1st, 2004 01:24 am (UTC) (Link)

Nice Choice

Nice choice on motherboards. Very similar to the ones we sell with 333FSB support, the K7N2 Delta. The Delta2 boards support nForce 400MHz FSB. I am saving up to buy something a little more decent for myself, but until then, I will stay with my Athlon 1700+ with 256MB SDRAM. (sob)

Of course, if you really wanted to, you'd get the K8N Neo2 board with Athlon 64 3600/3800+ CPU with 3GB PC3200 RAM, nVidia FX6800 board with 256MB RAM, 4 200GB SATA drives in a HW RAID 5 config, with extra nipple clamps. But that's just the higher end of the board.

I suppose a 3200+ XP is fine.
abelits From: abelits Date: September 1st, 2004 04:10 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Nice Choice

This is what I've meant by "cheapass" -- I don't want the 133735+ 80x 3v4r, I want something decent, reliable (for a desktop), that will be close to overkill for things that I do most of the time (compiling, 3D CAD, sound / movies capture, re-encoding and playing) and be usable for everything else (occasional games). In the configuration with Athlon XP 3200+ I will get the 400MHz FSB (RAM will have the same), and it will do pretty much everything that I need now. 64-bit stuff is nice, but I have a suspicion that I will have more than enough of it on servers :-)
mindslide From: mindslide Date: September 1st, 2004 04:38 am (UTC) (Link)
From: nickhalfasleep Date: September 1st, 2004 10:13 am (UTC) (Link)


Considering the minimal debian install is smaller than
Service Pack 2.

What, no dual SATA drives running linux virtual raid?

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