It's not necessary to have 3 hard drives. 2 is a good idea; 1 for linux/XP, and the second being a large drive for data. Maybe going with a 74 gig raptor for the linux/windows drive would be a great way to go, and then get a 200 or 250 gig data drive? If the 74 gig raptor is too much $$$, then the 36 GB will do fine too :smile:
Basically any motherboard, cpu, and gpu will work in linux just fine. ATI's 3d drivers aren't as good as nvidia's right now (you get 3d working fine, it's just quite a bit slower than windows).
I just did a system up at newegg for $900 that has the following:
1 GB kingston value ram
GF 5700 ultra
200 gig WD SATA drive
36 gig raptor SATA drive
8x NEC dual layer DVD burner
MSI K8MM-ILSR mobo
You can use this as a base and then take whittle it down to get to $700 if you like. I figured the A64 would be the way to go because you can always recompile your kernel in linux so you have a 64 bit system (which will make the rendering and photo stuff much nicer).
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