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CPU's and motherboards?

I just build a smokin Linux system a few months back, for under a grand:

Asus V7V-something mobo (266-"A" chipset not the crappy 266 orig. chipset)
Athlon 1900XP CPU
single stick 512MB 2100 (?) RAM
Cheapie case with the bundle (350W PS)
Pioneer DVR-104 2x DVD-R burner ($340 from works with my 2 year old DVD Video player can you believe it?! :-)

Granted I "cheated" and recycled my old Voodoo3 3000 AGP card and some hard drives, saving me about $100. This video card now becomes a serious bottleneck for hi-res gameplay (800x600 tops in Return to Castle Wolfenstein for Linux). I'm not ready for a GeForce 4 just yet.

This is a dual-boot system. I have not tried the DVD-R under Linux yet.

I have no idea about Matrox cards in Linux, but I would be sure that the card not only "works" in Linux, but also has hardware-accelerated OpenGL support. 3D setup in Linux can still be quirky. For that reason I would suggest NVidia cards over ATI any day.


-----Original Message-----
From: Numberwhun ***** [mailto:numberwhun at]
Sent: Monday, May 13, 2002 2:13 PM
To: david at; discuss at
Subject: Re: CPU's and motherboards?

I have a friend that built himself a new AMD machine ( MP 1800 I believe), 
and he installed Gentoo linux with no problems.  I guess that the only 
issues you may have would be depending on what other hardware you have 
installed in the machine.


>From: David Kramer <david at>
>To: BLU Boston Linux Unix group <discuss at>
>Subject: CPU's and motherboards?
>Date: Sat, 11 May 2002 23:17:55 -0400 (EDT)
>As I said in a separate email, I'm looking to build a new, fairly high-end
>x86 box.  Has anyone heard of any problems with Linux and recent
>motherboards or CPUs?
>Likewise, it's been a while since I've researched these things.  Any
>recommendations on chip and motherboard review sites, or anecdotal info?
>DDDD   David Kramer         david at       
>DKK D           Do you want polite or do you want sincere?
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