[K12OSN] Motherboard Manufacturer Recommendations?

James P. Kinney III jkinney at localnetsolutions.com
Wed Jul 9 16:01:06 UTC 2008

On Wed, 2008-07-09 at 11:41 -0400, Henry Hartley wrote:

> Thanks for all this information.  The first computer I built from parts was on a Tyan Tomcat motherboard (2.4MHz Pentium) and it worked beautifully, although I did have to "modify" my old Gateway 386 case in order to get the memory to fit under the drive cage.
> Rather than order the parts from New Egg, which I've done fairly often, I decided that this time I'd buy them at a local store (The Computer Place - http://www.tcponline.com/) although it might have cost a few dollars more (in the end didn't).  I also decided that the difference in price of the Athlon and the Phenom was enough that I'd go with the cheaper Athlon for this machine.  When we build the machine this one is the test/demo for, I'll recommend the higher end chip and motherboard.
> I ended up with an Asus board, since that's mostly what this store carries.  If they had a bunch of Tyans to choose from, I would have done that but this should work.  So, for $229 I got:
> 	ASUS M2A-VM AM2 AMD 690G Micro ATX motherboard
> 	AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200 processor
> 	2 GB DDR2-667 RAM
> I have monitor, keyboard, mouse, and CD-ROM drive already.  I got a case/power supply for $49 and a 250GB SATA drive for $69 and I'm pretty much ready to go.  My wife was impressed that I spent as little as I did.  It should be pretty decent as a small server and will allow us me to show the school what LTSP can do.
> I've burned CDs with 64-bit versions of both Fedora 9 and K12LTSP 5EL.  I'll try F9 first but I understand that's not "done" yet with LTSP 5.  I have CentOS 5 running (without the LTSP stuff) on a couple other machines and I'm pretty happy with it but it's always nice to show off the bleeding edge stuff.  Anyway, it's worth a try.
Save yourself some headache and just go with the 32-bit versions. Since
you only have 2G RAM, there is really nothing to be gained with the
64-bit. The 64-bit only is needed above 3.5GB RAM (or use the PAE kernel
in 32-bit but it's a performance hit).

> So, thanks again for your time.
> -- 
> Henry
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James P. Kinney III          
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