I'm thinking of buying two things, & I would like some feedback before I go out & buy them.
1--Seagate Barracuda SATAII 500GB 7200.11 w/32MB NCQ ST3500320AS. This has perpendicular recording, if that makes any difference to Linux. There is also a model, the part number starts the same but ends in "NS" instead of "AS " and googling around I can't find any explanation for the $30 price difference.
2--MSI 256Mb NX8500GT PCI-E DDR2 Hdtv/Dvi/Tv video card. My mobo is also MSI. This is a cheap card, price-wise. The mobo has built in 256Mb graphics but I'm assuming a dedicated card would be better, plus the built-in is 6100 series vs this one 8500 series.
Anybody ever used ether of these?
Mobo: MSI K9N6G-M
Ram: 2 Gb
HD: WD 160 Gb
On-board sound, lan,