I have to tell you that after playing with the new SUSE 10.0 Linux system for about 15 days, I am very impressed. The only thing that isn’t impressing me is the performance I am getting running it on my old Dell Dimension XPS D233 PC. While it has provided an environment to evaluate the product, is painfully slow. The good thing about having a slow PC is that it is giving me an excuse to upgrade to a faster box.
Since this is a PC, that I do not consider my primary PC, I do not want to put a lot of money in it. I am limiting myself to $500. Luckily I am going to use the hard drive that I have in the Dell so that cuts out about a $50 expense. My main PC is in a large tower made by Cooler Master and I do not want, nor do I have space for, another large tower. I have been looking at the new SFF (Small Form Factor) PCs, but they want too much money and I am a little concerned with the cooling capability. I think the case I want to go with is built by Aspire and is the X-Qpack model. I haven’t decided on the color so you can help me choose. I am leaning toward the black.
For the motherboard, I think I will go with a new board from Gigabyte. It is built for the new AMD 64 processor and that should provide all the horsepower I want for Linux.
The CPU I will probably go with is the AMD Athlon 64 3000+ Venice 1GHz FSB 512KB L2 Cache Socket 939 Processor. It will make my primary PC look as slow as molasses, but that might be justification to upgrade it also.
I think I will put in 1 gig of memory and DVD writers have gotten so cheap, I will use a DVD writer in place of a regular CD drive.
Since the motherboard provides both audio and video, the system is complete. Current prices, using NEWEGG as a source, brings this upgrade in at $449. I will check with Alex at INFOX, but since I am specifying exact components, it is unlikely that he can get them in Panama. Having to pay duty and shipping from the US will bump the price up a fair amount, maybe as much as 30%. However, if I am right this has the possibility of using this as a media PC in the future, so I will look at it as an investment.