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23 January 2007 @ 09:56 pm
Need advice from techily knowledgeable peoples  
Okay, so I'm going to build myself a PC again. Three hard drives (going to run software RAID-5 on Linux). I'm not planning to run any high-powered games, but I do occasionally fire up the GIMP for some image editing, and may fool around with audio (sound editing, composing, sequencing). The main purpose, as with my current computer, will be web browsing (and a little P2P, don't tell anyone!). I'd like it to be fast and to have plenty of memory, but it doesn't have to be bleeding edge or anything. Multiple processors could be nifty but are hardly essential. I probably won't bother with a separate video card and will just use whatever onboard video I get.

So, my question is, can anyone recommend any motherboards they think are good?
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Thalass T'Kynnthalass on January 24th, 2007 05:24 am (UTC)
I have no recommendations, but will be taking notes myself. I'll also have to bug you for info when I eventually build my NES-PC (which will be some kind of retro-gaming device and/or one of those open-source PVR devices. Something like that. :P
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gwalla: lon chaneygwalla on January 25th, 2007 04:17 am (UTC)
Thanks for the advice! This is going to be a big help. PCI Express has replaced AGP, huh?

Definitely going to look for a good power supply. I think that's what happened to the last PC I built: both the motherboard and hard drive became unusable, which leads me to believe a surge from the power supply fried everything at once.

I think I'll go with the middle-of-the-road option. I don't trust myself not to accidentally turn a water cooling system into an internal sprinkler system. By fan controller, do you mean built into the mobo firmware?

I was thinking dual-core or dual-processor mainly because I'd be running software RAID, so every disc access would use more processor than usual (especially writing, which in RAID-5 involves XORing two thirds of each stripe being written together for the remaining "backup" chunk), but that probably won't be that significant.
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gwallagwalla on January 25th, 2007 03:04 pm (UTC)
Would that work if I leave my PC unattended for long periods of time? I usually keep it on while I'm at work. I don't want to burn anything out because nobody was there to twiddle the knobs...
gwallagwalla on January 25th, 2007 07:47 pm (UTC)
BTW, by "3 total" are you including the processor fan?