Written by James McDonald

November 24, 2009

I am in the market for a new home-business desktop system. I currently have a P4 3.0GHz with 2GB RAM and embedded Video. My brother bought me a second monitor and we haven’t been able to get a compatible video card to drive two monitors. So I think it’s new computer time!

I have identified my new spec:

  • Dual Head DVI – NVidia graphics (I know that NVidia have a good team of Linux people)
  • Virtualization – Most new processors have VT support but I need this so I can have several OS’s running at once on multiple virtualization solutions (VMware, VirtualBox, Xen, KVM)
  • 64 bits… 1990 called and want’s my old x32 CPU back
  • Intel CPU – I hear that AMD runs hot and gobbles power so Intel it is (of course this could just be Intel FUD so please enlighten me if I’m wrong)
  • Lot’s of RAM. MooHahHah

Running Linux means you want to purchase hardware components that are well supported by the manufacturer and/or have a good community supported driver. Reportedly both Intel and NVidia put a lot into Linux development.

In the past I have purchased systems from EYO. Checking the EYO web pages recently, it seems that they have fallen behind in what they are offering. The PC Systems listed on their website are several generations behind, listing Intel Core 2 Processors when Intel have the i5 and i7 ranges now available. So it seems they aren’t updating their website to reflect current realities.

I found an article on Aus Gamers that recommended AusPC Market and their systems seem to be spec’d right up to the present. I also like their website, you can put a configured system into your shopping cart then split it apart and modify it to your hearts content. Even if you like to tinker, using pre-configured systems gives you an integrated system without having to spend many hours checking product websites to make sure that the motherboard, Video, CPU and peripherals are compatible.


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