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    New system

    This is a new system I'll be building for myself for college and beyond. I'd like some constructive criticism.

    My goals with this computer are to be able to last for quite a while. I listen to a lot of music and have quite a few DVDs, and I something that can keep up. I also play the occasional computer game, so I chose these parts with that in mind.

    I'm not sure if I should actually include a Floppy drive anymore, but I went ahead and did so for worst-case scenario boots. Is this wise, or are floppy drives completely obsolete now?

    Case - Antec Solution SLK3000
    http://www.antec.com/us/productDetails.php?ProdID=93000
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129152

    Power Supply - Antec SmartPower 2.0 SP-400
    http://www.antec.com/us/productDetails.php?ProdID=26400
    http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16817103935

    Cooling - Antec TriCool Fan (x2)
    http://www.antec.com/us/productDetails.php?ProdID=75120

    Processor - AMD Athlon 64 3500+
    http://www.amdcompare.com/us-en/desk...=ADA3500DEP4AS
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103514

    Motherboard - Asus A8N-SLI
    http://www.asus.com/products4.aspx?l...82&modelmenu=1
    http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16813131524

    System Memory - Corsair XMS 1GB
    http://www.corsair.com/corsair/produ...024-3200c2.pdf
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145450

    Hard Drive - Maxtor DiamondMax 10 250 GB
    http://www.maxtor.com/_files/maxtor/...data_sheet.pdf
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822144013

    Video Card - eVGA Geforce 6800XT
    http://www.evga.com/products/moreinf...1-TX&family=17
    http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16814130261

    Sound Card - Creative Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS
    http://www.creative.com/products/pro...4&product=4915
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829102178

    Ethernet Card - Koutech PEN120
    http://www.koutech.com/proddetail.asp?linenumber=270
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833143003

    Floppy Drive - Sony MPF920
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16821103116

    Optical Drive - Lite-On SHM-165P6S RTL DVD +/- RW
    http://www.liteon.com/prod/getProduc...1_7_13&pid=160
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827106256

    Monitor - AG Neovo F-415
    http://www.neovo-usa.com/products/F-415.htm
    http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16824163114

    Speakers - Philips MMS460
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16836138106

    Keyboard & Mouse - Logitech 967496-0403
    http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16823126171

    All-in-one Media Output - HP PSC 1510
    http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/us/en...&lang=en&cc=us
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16828104376
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    Well, looks pretty good to me..although I would've gone for a PCI-E video card & mobo since vista is comming and it looks like the video requirements are gonna be pretty intense, also for future compatability..

    My brother has that sound card, and it's pretty nice on his 510W (1000W peak) speakers..

    Personally, I never thought about getting a floppy drive but some of the hardware still come with floppy drives (i find it disappointing when I see a floppy disk when i install hardware for someone).. I'm not sure if the more modern hardware still come with floppies but I think most come with CDs now..

    If you plan on setting up a RAID, idk if most mobos are like this but my brothers came with a floppy to install a RAID and I think that's what WinXP setup asks for, a floppy..
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    The motherboard and video card are PCI Express. I had a bad link for the video card, so I fixed that.

    I'm not really worried about Windows, because that will only be on there for when I need to use it. I plan on using Linux mainly, although I haven't chosen my distro yet.

    RAID is an option I've considered, by my money situation won't allow for it as of yet.
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    hmm, question, I'm not sure of the quality of onboard ethernet cards but why are you buying a seperate one if the mobo has one already, if your tight on cash you should consider leaving that out on the other hand its up to you..

    and I was actually gonna buy that DVD-RW myself, but it's black and my case is beige so I didn't get it..
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    Huh, I didn't catch that the motherboard had Ethernet on it. Guess I should've read just a bit closer. Thanks.
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    Originally posted here by mofokuban
    ...I plan on using Linux mainly, although I haven't chosen my distro yet...
    Better check all that stuff against the Hardware Compatibility Lists for Linux...

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    Originally posted here by Relyt
    Better check all that stuff against the Hardware Compatibility Lists for Linux...
    That'd be a good idea.
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