PC Building Guide FAQ: Part 2

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Nastyman

Instead of using CPUZ, hit the pause button during post to check and see if you are running in Dual Memory Mode, to continue post just hit esc.

Nasty

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Bin3ry

My Nvidia 680i doesnt tell at boot, have to download a program such as CPU-Z to find out. But still good advise for most people.

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dave23d

Cool artical. But if you want to install Linux, how much hard drive space do you need?

I have two good solutions.

1. The Basic set up (For people who just wants to play around with a cool OS):-

10GB / (root) XFS
256MB /swap (Virtual Memory) swap
10GB /home (user space only) ReiserFS

2. Optional:-
If you are a hardcore Linux “End User”. Then here is (one of many) good solutions.

Desktop Linux only needs:-

100MB /boot (Kernel image + boot loader)
1GB / (Root)
2GB-4GB /home (user space only)
10GB-12GB /tmp (For DVD ripping etc)
256-512MB /swap (Virtual Memory)
10GB /usr (Common place for programs)
500MB-10GB /var (5GB-10GB for Ubuntu, or other distributions recommended)

And if you play a lot of Games :)
20GB-?????GB /usr/local/games

Because you only have a limited amount of user space, it would be a good idea to have a file storage partition.

1GB-?????GB /mnt/store

The Windows partition should be located at /mnt/C-Drive (or /mnt/Windows). Linux can read and write to NTFS, FAT32, FAT16 and FAT12.
Linux can also run multiple file systems.

Here is a example:-

XFS /
ext3 /boot
ReiserFS /home
XFS /tmp
swap /swap
XFS /usr
XFS /var
XFS /usr/local/games
XFS /mnt/store
NTFS /mnt/Windows

More information about the File Systems can be found here:-

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XFS
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ReiserFS
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ext3
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swap
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NTFS
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File_Allocation_Table

Man, what was I thinking ?

Have fun :)

Love Linux and 3D Linux Games :)

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robster353

I've always wondered how to be sure my dual channel memory kit was running in dual channel mode. Thanks for the tip. I hope you continue this article. It really helps those who are new to PC building and even provides tips that long-time builders may never have learned. Looking forward to part 3.

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