[HARDWARE] Cheap hardware

Phillip Chambers pj.technology at virgin.net
Sun Sep 27 01:51:05 EDT 1998


Yep - PCI cards work in AGP boards.

Phil

-----Original Message-----
From: Greg Hewgill <greg at hewgill.com>
To: hardware at lists.distributed.net <hardware at lists.distributed.net>
Date: 25 September 1998 16:07
Subject: Re: [HARDWARE] Cheap hardware


>Wow, thanks for all the great responses! I knew I should have asked here
>before I spent money. Oh well. :)
>
>* The overwhelming opinion is to use the ABIT BH6 motherboard. That's $101
>instead of $95 and was my second choice anyway.
>
>* Sounds like I should go for the Celeron 266 instead of the 300, as the
300
>has a hardwired 4.5 multiplier. We'll see if this one can do 4.5 x 100.
>
>* I was going to pick up a CPU fan somewhere, but the 266 with fan and 3yr
>warranty is $86 vs $80 without the fan or warranty (looks like the price
>dropped at mwave.com today). The 266 is sounding like a better deal. I am
>willing to forego any performance improvement with the 300a/333 on the
basis
>of price (300a is twice the price of a 266).
>
>* I may have screwed up the network card choice. I had read the specs on
the
>Kingston card and it didn't seem to imply that it needed a boot-time
program
>to kick it into NE2000 mode. Oh well, I can use a spare one until I get a
>permanent one. The Netgear FA310TX card is $29.
>
>* I'm going to pick up a case locally, at $59 it's cheaper than
$50+shipping
>(cases cost $20 to ship UPS ground). The local computer shop sells just
>power supplies for $59 too, so it's worth it to get a case instead.
>
>* Somehow I missed the floppy drive. I was sure I clicked on it. Oh well,
>I'll get one locally.
>
>* Although intriguing, I don't really want to go the floppy-only or Netware
>route because I may want to use these machines for more than RC5. Mersenne
>primes need two 1MB+ save files which rules out floppies, and future
>projects may not all have DOS clients which rules out Netware.
>
>* I'm pretty sure I won't need video cards for each machine. Under Linux,
as
>long as you have the network working there's no difference between telnet
>and the local console. :)
>
>Okay, here's version 2 (I haven't bought this yet <g>) - without the video
>card because I will already have one.
>
>ABIT BH6 ... $101
>Celeron 266 w/fan ... $86
>32MB PC100 ... $37.50 (price went down!)
>Netgear FA310TX ... $29
>TEAC 1.44 ... $19
>Case ... $59
>Misc cables ... $10
>
>Total ... $341.50
>
>One question - I can use a PCI video card in an AGP motherboard, right? Of
>course, the Trident 9750 AGP is just $25 anyway, so it's not like that is a
>problem.
>
>Greg Hewgill
>
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