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Re: [vox-tech] Building a computer
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Re: [vox-tech] Building a computer

First, set a price, then pick a CPU brand (AMD comes to mind), then pick
your motherboard, then your peripherals.  Lastly, pick your CPU speed.
CPU speed is such a non-factor nowadays.  Us computer architects have done
our jobs so well......  (make your own conclusions on this one) (at least
on the desktop machine)

Anyway, building your own PC is very instructive and really gives a
hands-on perspective into how everything works.


On Wed, 31 Oct 2001, Alexandra Thorn wrote:

> Attempted to send this before, but hadn't properly added myself to
> the list, so it didn't go through.  Pete has been offering me some
> suggestions, but I'd like other angles on this as well.
> Thanks in advance,
> Alex
> Original post:
> Hi.  I'm a relative newbie to the universe of geekdom, but want to
> jump into things.  I know I met some of you at the LUGOD meeting with
> the lecture on Mac OSX.  I'm a longtime Mac user myself, but want to
> make the switch to Linux.  First, though, I'm interested in building
> myself a PC on which to install Linux.  Never having done anything like
> this before, I really don't know where to look for hardware, what exactly
> I'll need, or how to decide among whatever options exist.  So, if any
> of you can offer guidance, etc., it would be much appreciated.  If
> someone would be willing to guide me through this step-by-step, that
> would be even better.
> As a sidenote (I don't know how much it really matters), I don't have
> a car.
> Thanks in advance!
> --Alex(andra) Thorn
> "This is exactly the kind of high-tech
> nonsense that never, ever worked when
> we tried it in Vietnam"
>          - Uncle Enzo, a character from
>            Neal Stephenson's _Snow Crash_

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