amd 64 pcix system recommendations? opinions?

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I am interested in buying this system for home/office/media use. It will
be my first computer using the linux operating system. After searching
and studying all options, I find this system to be ideal and the best
value. My only concern is it may be too cutting edge for my first
computer. I never have used linux but want to learn how. Will I be able
to use this system as a beginner? Do you have any suggestions to make
using the system right out of the box and learning linux as easy as
possible? Any help will be appreciated. I have been searching for the
best system a long time and now that I have found it I am eager to buy
and start learning. I am only concerned about ease of use and
hardware/software support.

thank you,

ASL - Marquis K814

ASL - Marquis K814 Specifications

------------------------------------- Total: $994

Marquis K814 Specifications.

ASUS A8N-E ATX motherboard

AMD® Athlon® 64 or Athlon 64 FX processor, .13 or .09 micron, 512K
or 1M L2 cache, 800mhz or 1Ghz HyperTransport Link, Socket 939
64-bit integer registers, 128-bit SSE/SSE2 registeres
48-bit virtual addresses, 40-bit physical addresses
AMD 64-bit x86 instruction set extensions

Nvidia® nForce 4 Ultra

Memory Subsystem:
Four DIMM banks supporting up to 4GB1 PC-3200 ECC unbuffered SDRAM
memory, single or dual channel (128-bit) memory access
Note: 128-bit memory access requires even number of memory modules.

Graphic Subsystem:
ASUS Extreme N6200TC256/TD, Nvidia® GeForce PCX6200TC, PCI-Express
x16, 64MB DDR, 350MHZ core, 350mhz DDR memory, 1x400Mhz RAMDAC, 1 DVI
port, 1 Analog port (DB-15), TV-Out2 (SVHS), Single Head display

Hard Disk Subsystem:
(Marquis K814-T) Hitachi Desktar 7K80 80GB Serial ATA II drive, 7200rpm,
8MB cache

SCSI Subsystem:
Onboard nForce4 Serial ATA II controller, four SATA300 ports

ATA Subsystem:
Dual channel Ultra ATA/133 bus mastering IDE controllers

CD-ROM Subsystem:
Combo DVD-ROM (16X) and CDROM (52X)/CDR (52X)/RW(24X) drive

Sound Subsystem:
Onboard Realtek ACL850 8-channel3 audio

Network Subsystem:
Onboard nForce4 Gigabit Ethernet adapter

System Slots:
One (1) PCI Express x16 slot
Two (2) PCI Express x1 slots
One (1) PCI Express x4 slot
Three (3) 32-bit/33MHz bus mastering PCI slots

System I/O:
One (1) ECP/EPP Bi-directional parallel port
Four (4) USB 2.0 ports (rear)
Two (2) USB 2.0 ports (front)
One (1) PS/2 Mini DIN keyboard port
One (1) PS/2 Mini DIN mouse port
One (1) RJ-45 Ethernet port
Line-In, Line-Out, Microphone, 2xRear Speakers2, 1xCenter/Subwoofer2
Optical S/PDIF Out port2
Coaxial S/PDIF Out port2

Floppy Drive:
1.44M 3.5-inch drive4

Logitech Optical Wheel Mouse, PS/2

Keytronic KT-2000 104-key PS/2 keyboard

ATX Mid Tower case, FCC Class B, black bezel (standard) / beige

Two (2) front accessible USB 2.0 ports

Security locks for the front panel and side panel

350W ATX12V power supply with PFC, low noise

Three (3) accessible 5.25" drive bays
Four (4) internal 3.5" fixed drive bays (optional hotswap SATA/SCSI

One (1) 12cm outtake fan, ball bearing

One (1) 9cm HD cooling fan, ball bearing

Dimensions: 465mm (D) x 198mm (W) x 425mm (H)

Preinstalled Software:
Red Hat Linux with ASL optimized kernel

thanks again,


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