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new PC build

By trick>of>light ยท 8 replies
Sep 20, 2002
  1. Feeling pretty good as I've just finished my first build.

    AMD Athlon 2000XP
    Abit KX7 333
    Zalman Flower Heat Sink
    60Gb Maxtor
    512 Kingmax
    Radeon 9000

    CPU is running at 42c.

    Is that OK?
  2. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,704

    That's great man, nice upgrade. CPU temp is pretty good too. Is it load or idle? :eek:
  3. trick>of>light

    trick>of>light TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thats load

    Well I'm just surfing the web

    Case is open as I haven't got any case fans yet
  4. Nick

    Nick TS Rookie Posts: 185

    yeah that definately is a great temperature for an amd xp cpu, personally i run at 34*c but i have some great cooling in a 50*f room
  5. trick>of>light

    trick>of>light TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I see your running Linux.

    How do you find it?

    I'm tempted to install redhat on my second hard drive just for the education. i've always liked the lure of open source.

    I'm a graphic/web designer by trade do you think it would benefit me at all to run Linux as a second OS?

    Could you tell me the benifits of Linux - I haven't a clue.:)
  6. Elcarion

    Elcarion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 169

    What brand of jacket, gloves, etc. do you recommend for continued use? :D
  7. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,704

    Take a browse around the "The Alternative OS" section.

    Linux really is great.
  8. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    Some pretty basic distro's of linux are

    Redhat and Mandrake

    There are more complicated ones but I suggest these for starting.
  9. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    Its a nice feeling to complete the build on your first machine. Its hard work the first time but it gets a lot easier after several more attempts (other than when the odd phantom problem sporadically pops up....)

    Linux is good fun and I suggest giving it a go. Why not read our post here:

    Which includes a guide by yours truly and also some good posts from others about problems that they encountered and how these were solved.
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