On Tue, 2006-06-27 at 08:30 -0400, Dave Phillips wrote:
I"ve been eyeing an Antec case, with power supply. Never used it but I
heard good reports. www.antec.com
> 3) The MSI box says it includes an nVidia nForce3 chipset, which I
I vaguely remember there being issues with the onboard ethernet for
these chipsets - as in you have to install a driver that doesn't come as
part of the standard kernel source. But I could be completely wrong.
> 5) The CPU includes a fan, but should I get something more powerful ?
Something quieter, probably. Zalman make some interesting fans for CPUs.
> 6) How can I best reduce the noise from this system ?
Fans and hard drives are the noisiest components. So if you have quiet
PSU and CPU fans (and GPU if it's a powerful nvidia), the next step is
to get a hard drive enclosure. Or maybe go for a 2.5 inch laptop drive,
bearing in mind that the throughput is lower. Although I read recently
that laptop drives aren't as slow as they used to be and can be used
acceptably in a desktop system.