I had been running an AMD-based machine (I refuse to refer to this as a PC as this has too many negative connotations!) that I assembled myself. Although I had intended to run FreeBSD on this machine when I built it, I ran into problems with one of the pre-release updates to version 5.3 where the filesystem became corrupted. After unsuccessfully trying everything that I could think of to recover the disk, I gave up, and reformatted the drive to install Fedora Core Linux. I’m still following the progress of FreeBSD, but decided to take the opportunity to check out the current state of the Linux world… Here are the specifications:
- Case: ThermalTake Xaser III V2000+ All aluminum, completely tool-less, locking, seven variable-speed fans with filters, speed controls, and temperature monitor, 12 drive bays, 420W Power Supply.
- Motherboard: Asus A7V8X VIA KT400 chip set, 8x AGP, DDR400 memory support, On-board Promise FastTrack 376 Serial-ATA RAID, Broadcom 4401 Fast Ethernet (10/100), USB 2.0, FireWire, and Audio.
- Processor: AMD Athlon XP 2600 Barton core, 333MHz FSB
- Heatsink/Fan: ThermalTake Extreme Volcano 12 66-fin Copper Heat sink, 80mm Triple-Blade Fan, 72.92 CFM
- Graphics Card: ATI Radeon 9550, 256Mb AGP8X
- Memory: CORSAIR ValueSelect 1GB (Model #: VS1GBKIT400) 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit System Memory 333MHz DDR
- Disk: Maxtor 120Gb Serial ATA Disk Drive Serial ATA (150mb/s), 8Mb Cache
- Optical Drive: Sony DVD/CD-RW Drive
I have passed this machine on to Eric so that he would have a faster machine for his Flight Simulator. We put in a faster video card, and moved his 300Gb drive from his Vaio with Windows XP.