Weblog entry #2 for PaulePanter

My new computer (soon with coreboot support)
Posted by PaulePanter on Tue 8 Apr 2008 at 13:26
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Hi everybody,

having not decided on a blogging service yet, I remembered that debian-administration.org provides a weblog. Sorry, that some of the references are in German.

Finally I started to look for the parts for my new desktop machine. You can take a look at the evolution for my choice of the mainboard here [1]. The most important requirement is the probably soon implemented coreboot [2] support from Rudolf Marek.

So my choice is the Asus M2V-MX SE [3], which I ordered today at freeXpress [6] for 39,00 EUR plus 7,90 EUR shipping.

The only downsides so far are

- no firewire port,
- just 10/100 Mbps LAN Supports,
- just a VGA-port (no DVI) (wrong, edit: it has a VGA- and DVI-port --> so screw this item).

The machine will be sometimes used for video editing, so I decided to go with 4 GB of RAM. Because of the vast amount of RAM there are, I could not find a favorite. But reading the positive comments of buyers at K&M Elektronik [5], I went with the

4096MB A-DATA PC2-800 CL5 KIT (2 * 2 GB)

for 51,98 EUR.

For the processor my choice was originally the AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core 3800 + with 35 Watt TDP [10], [11], but according to [7] and [8] AMD stopped producing them, so they are not available.

Then I found in one shop the AMD Athlon64 X2 4050e [9], but the ASUS page does not list it as a supported processor. Therefore I went with the predecessor

AMD Athlon64 X2 BE-2350 EE Brisbane (ADH2350DDBOX)

for 61.76 EUR also at K&M Elektronik [12]. Strangely this one costs more then the AMD Athlon64 X2 4050e.

I had to pay 5,99 EUR for shipping.

Now I will wait for the parts to arrive and I hope, that everything will work out nicely.



[1] http://www.coreboot.org/pipermail/coreboot/2008-March/032676.html
[2] http://www.coreboot.org/
[3] http://www.asus.de/products.aspx?l1=3&l2=101&l3=324&l4=0&model=1807&modelmenu=1
[4] http://www.freexpress.de/shopping/shop/index.asp?a=1&b=7&refer=preistrend&search=&lg=&page=productinfo&item=24501056&kat=
[5] http://www.kmelektronik.de/main_site/?SiteType=Shop&type=shop&ArtNr=265302&Ref=107&gp=4224&fd=340816
[6] http://www.freexpress.de/
[7] http://www.pcwelt.de/forum/meinung-news-tests-tipps-downloads/239158-test-woche-10-besten-prozessoren-3.html#post1321299
[8] http://forum.geizhals.at/t442300.html
[9] http://www.planet3dnow.de/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=334730
[10] http://www.amdcompare.com/de-de/desktop/details.aspx?opn=ADD3800IAA5CU
[11] http://www.au-ja.de/review-amdx2-3800-35w-print.phtml
[12] http://www.kmelektronik.de/