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- To: misc_(_at_)_openbsd_(_dot_)_org
- Subject: First Box
- From: Vonleigh Simmons <nospam_(_at_)_illusionart_(_dot_)_com>
- Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2003 03:21:06 -0700
This is going to be a large email so please bare with me. I'm going to
be building my first OpenBSD box and I want to do it well, I have no
experience building these boxes before and unfortunately I have a small
budget. I'm willing to do my homework and know my way around Unix
The first thing I thought of checking was sharky extreme, since they
have a "value gaming PC", even though I'm not going to play games on
it, I thought I could get a decently powerful PC for a good price:
I'm going to break down the parts, but feel free to suggest any
combination of parts. I don't have a budget for trial and error so I
want to do this well the first time. All info is greatly appreciated.
1. The case:
The case they like in the article is an Antec SX630II which is only
$65. I've looked at a lot of cases and they all seem to be $200 and up,
is there any case (that's decently priced) that any of you swear by?
(the most beautiful cases I saw was at alienware, but they're so
For processor I thought of AMD, only because I'm not too fond of
Intel, although I wouldn't mind using Intel if there was an advantage.
In the article they recommend the Athlon XP 2400+ (2.0 GHz) OEM.
However, looking through the compatibility page in the faq on the
openbsd.org site it only mentions the AMD 5x86, K5/6/etc. and
Athlon/Duron. Is this Athlon XP one of these under a different name or
is it unsupported?
The one in the article is the Athlon XP Motherboard: MSI K7N2-L
(nForce2). The FAQ mentions the nForce2 so I guess it shouldn't be a
4. The rest:
For the video card, sound card, input devices and hard drive I thought
I could use just anything cheap. Is there any prefered video card and
sound card on this list by any chance?
Anyway, thanks for reading the email. If I'm forgetting anything
important or am making any mistakes please let me know.