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  • doogy_64
Posted: Thu, 12/04/2008 - 22:27
Hi there I’m a fairly new to 64 Studio (and Linux for that matter) and having used it for a few months have decided I need more! Hardware that is! Embarrassed to say, currently using a Duron 733 with minimal RAM but it’s allowed me to get a feel for the distro and app’s – great stuff, loving it!! I was hoping I could get some feedback on the spec’s for a new PC I’m looking at - budget is a bit tight. I have a few of questions – #1 Any problems with integrated graphics on the Gigabyte GA-M61PME-S2 Motherboard - Nvidia geforce 6100 nForce 430 chipset? #2 For HDD – are there any huge advantages of SATA drives with NCQ over non-NCQ drives? Thanks for any help!

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  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07
  • Fri, 12/05/2008 - 20:45
The open source driver for nvidia cards "nv" will be installed by default, and it works well. You have the option to install the non-free drivers from the install CD, using synaptic. There is some info in the FAQ on this site, and also in the installation guide of the 64 Studio online manual. Happy reading!

Hi, thanks for the

  • doogy_64
  • 12/04/08
  • Fri, 12/05/2008 - 10:53
Hi, thanks for the reply! Just wondering - will any GeForce in the 6xxx range GPU be detected when I install 64 studio or will I need to manually install drivers (I haven't done that yet in Linux). Thanks very much

Hardware

  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07
  • Fri, 12/05/2008 - 07:03
Check out the "Greylist" in this forum for some proven hardware. You might get stuff in that section for ridiculous prices, and it works well. There is not major problems with integrated graphics, except that your graphics performance will be very low. My advice is to go for a cheap GPU in the GeForce 6xxx range, as they are truly dirt cheap at the moment, and you will not have any ill effects such as unexplained x-runs when using them with either the "nv" or "nvidia" drivers. I am using a 6200 LE in my production system. NCQ drives will give you an edge on performance, because AHCI and NCQ is supported natively by the 64studio kernel