My wife decided she wants a new desktop PC , and so earlier today she ordered one over the internet.
Her OLD desktop PC that she is replacing is a 32-bit AMD Sempon-2600 w/1GB (Epox EP-8K7A motherboard) w/AGP ATI RV280 (Radeon-9200Pro) graphics [age-4+ years]. It works well, but my wife wants something faster. We will likely remove the atheros wireless card (a DLink) from that old PC and also remove the extra 300GB hard drive from this old PC, and then give the PC away as a gift to our maid. The wireless card and hard drive may go in my wife's new PC (TBC).
The new PC she ordered looks pretty neat:
- Motherboard: Asus P7H55-M, H55
- CPU: Core i7-860, 4 x 2.8GHz
- 6 GB RAM (DDR3-1333)
- Graphic card: GeForce G 210, 512MB RAM
- 500 GB SATA II 7200rpm (16MB cache) hard drive
- DVD burner
- Powersupply - 550 watts
She wanted a cheaper PC (with some obscure motherboard) but the Asus was only a few Euro's more, and I found users noting this Asus motherboard worked for them in Ubuntu, so I had her upgrade to the Asus P7H55-M, H55. The same for the graphics, she had originally looked at a Core i5 and was considering an Intel GMA500, which is a nice chipset but its Linux support is poor compared to what MS-Windoze users get, ... and then she considered an ATI Radeon 5450 (also a nice card under MS-Windows but no HD support under Linux), so I manged to talk her into going for a Core i7 with the nVidia GeForce G210 (and not pay much more). My research suggests the G210 should work with the "nv", "nouveau" and proprietary "nvidia" graphic drivers. The G210 may not be as capable as the Intel GMA500 nor the ATI Radeon 5450, but it is more compatible with Linux.
The PC has no operating system and I anticipate it will come with a blank unformatted hard drive.
My wife noted the PC should arrive in a week or two.
My wife is now thinking she will carve up the hard drive like this:
She noted she is also thinking of installing 32-bit winXP in Virtual Box under 64-bit openSUSE-11.3 in the 170 GB /home. She is planning on allocating the Virtual Box client/virtual winXP about 2.5 GB of the PC's 6GB RAM, and probably give it the capability to expand to about 1/2 of the 170GB partition.
- sda1 - 150 GB NTFS data partition (eventually she may installWin7 or WinXP here)
- sda2 - 150 GB NTFS data partition (this will always be for data)
- sda3 - 200 GB extended
- sda4 - 2 GB swap
- sda5 - 25 GB " / " (for openSUSE-11.3)
- sda6 - 170 GB (approx) /home (for openSUSE-11.3)
But the fact she is even considering putting openSUSE-11.3 on first, is interesting (and encouraging) to me.
Since she plans to put MS windows on later , I need to brush up on my openSUSE MBR restoration techniques, as this (Linux installed first) is not the nominal way to setup a new PC.
It should be interesting.