"Tchicaya" (in line with my naming scheme) was my desktop computer from 2008 to about 2011. It was the first desktop machine I'd built for a long time.
In more recent times the remains of this machine have been re-purposed as a temporary home for my NAS whilst I wait for an RMA replacement for the NAS system's mainboard.
I ended up buying a new motherboard and processor, and borrowing 2G of RAM from my brother. I have a micro ATX case, PSU and the other relevant bits already.
I opted for the Intel DG35EC motherboard, with the following features:
- G35 chipset
- GMA X3500 video
- supported by the F/OSS driver
Apparently it idles at around 58W.
I opted for a quad core 2.4Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo processor to complement it.
Debian installed "fine", although the machine hasn't booted into the HDD. I have the BIOS set to AHCI instead of ATA compatibility and I'm wondering if grub is complaining about that.
- http://www.intel.com/support/motherboards/desktop/dg35ec/sb/CS-029170.htm There's an issue with mixing PATA and SATA devices, I think PATA optical drives simply didn't work.