I am building a new pc and want to make sure I am selecting the right hardware. I want the system mainly for gaming and want to install dual SLI GPU's. I also would like RAID1.
Would you all be so kind as to review my "proposed" hardware list and let me know if I am making good choices or please point me in the right direction if not.
Oh ya, one more thing ... I will ask this in another forum if this Q is not appropriate here but, I'm also looking for advice on a good Linux distribution that has an easy (non-admin type) setup and operation, as well as all of the graphics and audio programs for advanced gaming.
Seeing as this is a new build, why aren't you going with AM2 instead of Socket 939? It will also require a different motherboard and RAM (DDR2), but shouldn't be much more expensive
Instead of SLI, if you're on a budget for this build, you may see the best performance going with say a single 7600 or so. The Linux SLI performance at this time is also lacking when it comes to performance advantages.
What are the hard drive brands that you are looking at?
Well, im hooked on Second Life so that's where I'll be hang'n out most of the time. Their "recommended" Video/Graphics Card**:
* nVidia GeForce 2, GeForce 4mx, or better
* OR ATI Radeon 8500, 9250, or better
I guess I don't want to go rock bottom on the video just somewhere mid-range. A single video card is just fine for now - as long as linux likes it!
I'm planning on taking your advice and getting the AM2 motherbd (most likely the Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe). Probably 1G ram, a 500Watt power supply (to handle future dual SLI GPU's) and matching (Seagate sounds great!) hard drives with Raid1.
My main concern is getting the "right" hardware so I don't run into problems when installing linux.