PSU: Antec model SL3505 350 watts 21 amps on 12v rail
HDD: 2 Western Digitals 80GB PATA/IDE (same exact drives)
RAM:512MB DDR2 (going to upgrade to 1.5GB or 2GB)
Now I installed Ubuntu 11.10 on it with the drives in RAID 0 with decent performance, but I'm debating whether to install Vista Business x86 instead because this build will possibly be for my 12 yr old little cousin who likes to play older PC games like UT 2004, Halo CE, Star Wars Republic Commando, and other older stuff but most aren't for Linux or didn't go so well for Ubuntu 11.10 (not a linux pro but 10.10 was better and I don't feel like messing with the terminal all day). But the thing is I'm not sure if this Mobo has IDE RAID drivers for Vista and if it does I don't know if I should give up Ubuntu for Vista. Which one would be a better OS to use?
Yes I have considered XP but the RAID drivers I tried to load at boot up (F6) didn't work XP said that the driver file was corrupt even when using the bundled utility to write to floppy, could try again though and I think XP would be better this machine.
i hear windows 8.0 is hardware friendly. and you can run win 7 on a 512 mb (ram) pc with some tweaking. rest of the build looks fine.
vista...well, between ubuntu and vista ubuntu might be the better os, you can tweak it to do anything you want. imo xp might be better than vista. vista's(dunno about the business edition) uac is annoying.
will wine or something similar be able to run the games on linux?
But what I'm I going to do with the other HDD though? and not using RAID 0 but having the potential goes against everything in my enthusist bones lol. and why not Vista my experiance is pretty good with it and it is a newer OS with a longer life.
though one question still remains, what the hell I'm I going to do with that other drive? Maybe for extra storage for the PC or maybe keep it in case the first one goes bad I can plop that extra one in I don't know what do you guys think?