The stuff arrived last Wednesday, but I had obligations that kept me from working on it. Thursday it all came together and booted up on the first try!
I booted to a Linux pen drive before I installed the hard drive. Worked fine, so I finished the build.
The next day I bought the monitor -- a ViewSonic 22" LCD flat screen. How did I live without it for so long?
I also bought some Altec Lansing surround sound speakers. You don't just hear them. You feel them! I've only connected the subwoofer and the front speakers, since the PC is in a temporary location for now.
I'm using a wireless keyboard and mouse, to keep wire clutter down.
I installed Win XP first, because I wanted a native install, just in case I ever need it. I put it on a 25 GB partition, so it is pretty limited. I booted to it only once. Then came Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon. It works very well indeed! Then I installed VirtualBox and a new Win XP install in a virtual machine. I use it quite a bit. Sometimes you just need Windows (sorry Linus T.)
My original plan was for 4 GB of RAM, but I started out with only two because of a rebate I wanted to take advantage of. So far the PC runs so fast that I can't imagine more memory making a difference.
I can run two operating systems at once, watch a video, while ripping a DVD, all at impressive speeds. Ripping DVDs took hours on my old 1.2 GHz machine. It takes minutes now!
With the great sound, great graphics, and awesome speed, I'm totally set!
- TV tuner card
- Internal card reader
- Maybe a second DVD burner to speed up the burn/rip process
- Maybe headphones
I haven't installed MythTV yet, because (obviously) I don't have the TV tuner. MythTV with a remote will make it a true media PC.