Red hat Linux box specification

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Dave Geiger
Occasional Advisor

Red hat Linux box specification

Hi Guys,

I am planning to buy a computer and Install Red Hat LINUX on it.So I was going through few websites and came up with the following 4 models of system. I would appreciate if you guys could let me know your feedback which Specification model would be a good fit with in the listed 4 or else it would be great if you guys, could share if you have someother specification that would fit better

1.Dell Precision 470n: $1,146


Intel® XeonTM processors up to 3.60GHz with 1MB L2 cache (Dual Capable) 800MHz front side bus and Intel® Extended Memory 64 Technology

Operating System

Red Hat® Enterprise Linux WS

2.Dell Precision 380n: $908


Intel® PentiumTM Processor Extreme Edition and Intel Pentium 4 Processor up to 3.80GHz with Intel® EM64T


Up to 16GB dual-channel DDR2 400MHz SDRAM memory


Up to 800GB3 of Serial ATA storage. Up to 438GB (3x146) Ultra 320 internal SCSI storage with optional Ultra 320 SCSI card with high-performance RAID 0 and 1

Operating System

Red Hat® Enterprise Linux WS


Up to 4GB dual-channel DDR2 533 non-ECC SDRAM memory


Up to 1.0 TB of internal storage, Integrated SATA RAID 0, 1 (up to 4 drives) Specifications - Storage

3.eMachines T5010 Desktop PC $499

eMachines Desktop PC (T5010)
EMA T5010 • Pentium® 4 processor 516
• 512MB of DDR memory
• Dual-layer DVD-R/RW • 200GB 7200RPM hard drive
• Amplified stereo speakers
• PCI-Express x16

Processor brand Intel®
Processor type Pentium® 4
Frontside bus speed 533
Level 2 cache 512KB
RAM expandable to: 2GB
Total expansion slots 3 PCI, 1 PCI-Express
Available expansion slots 2 PCI, 1 PCI-Express
FireWire 1
Parallel port 1
Network Interface Card (NIC) Yes
Modem 56K ITU V.92 ready fax/modem

4.COMPAQ SR1020T series PC : Price $459.99

Operating System Microsoft(R) Windows(R) XP Home Edition with SP2

Processor Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 516 (2.93GHz, 533 FSB)

Memory 256MB DDR2-533MHz dual channel SDRAM (1x256)

Hard Drive 40GB 7200 rpm SATA Hard Drive

Primary CD/DVD Drive 48x max HP CD-Writer Drive (48x32x48x)

Front Productivity Ports 2 USB 2.0, 1 Firewire, + Front Audio Ports

Graphics Card Integrated Intel(R) Graphics Media Accelerator 900

Sound Card Integrated Intel(R) High

Trusted Contributor

Re: Red hat Linux box specification


I have two RHEL3 server running at home, just for my home network (not a very small one, 10 computers all together)

First one has Dual P3 866, 1G PC133 SDRAM and a single 120G ATA133 harddisk.

Second one got Dual Xeon 2.2G, 2.5G DDR RAM and 3 36G Ultra160 15K disk in a RAID 5 configuration.

Most of the time, I do not feel the difference between these two, maybe because there are no much processes running.

Depends on what you want to do with this box but I think it is better to have a powerful system doing nothing than have a slow box doing too much.

I think RHEL 3 does not support PCI Express yet but not 100% sure.
Honored Contributor

Re: Red hat Linux box specification

Hi Dave,

I would rather go with .Dell Precision 470n: $1,146. It has got all good configuration available today.

"A ship in the harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for"
Steven E. Protter
Exalted Contributor

Re: Red hat Linux box specification

Unless this is going to be doing very heavy duty serving, you have probably spend too much money.

If its going to be a server, make sure you pick a model that includes a remote management interface(extra NIC). This will allow you to gain console access from your internal network.

To determine your actual processing needs one question needs to be answered.

What are you going to do with this server once Red Hat is installed and running?

Steven E Protter
Owner of ISN Corporation
Dave Geiger
Occasional Advisor

Re: Red hat Linux box specification

Hi Steven and Everyone

I would like to what is the difference between Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS and Red Hat 9.0

I am looking to configure a linux box for learning to simulate a server and also installing java and configure some webstuff for learning purposes.

I would like to know which specification configuartion box would work best for my needs.

I was just browsing through HP website and came up with the following configuarion box

HP Workstation xw4200 Linux SATA :$1,209.00

Red Hat Linux WS 3, 32-bit
Intel® Pentium® 4 2.80GHz/1MB 800FSB
NVIDIA Quadro NVS 280 64 PCI-E
512MB (2x256) DDR2-533 ECC unb
40GB SATA 1.5Gb/s 7200 (1st)

So guys please let me which configuration box would be good for my above mentioned needs from the models(System) that I have listed or if you know something else please share that to me.

Appreciate your help

Vitaly Karasik_1
Honored Contributor

Re: Red hat Linux box specification

As for difference between RH Linux/Fedora and RHEL - see this table .

BTW, RHL9 is very outdated, Fedora Core (FC4 for today) is RHL successor.
I'll suggest you to start with RHEL4 or with RHEL free alternative - CentOS

As for hardware - if we speak about system for testing/learning - I'll suggest you to buy cheap entry-level desktop box.
Honored Contributor

Re: Red hat Linux box specification

I am looking to configure a linux box for learning to simulate a server and also installing java and configure some webstuff for learning purposes.

For learning purpose all above machine will suit. Operating system which you are going to use is the side factor to side. Use Fedora core 4 or RHEL 4.0 in your machine.

Learning will be changed everyday so that just get recent configuration. It is enough to have work-station setup not as organization effect of servers.

I think "COMPAQ SR1020T series PC : Price $459.99 or eMachines T5010 Desktop PC $499" is enough. Install Linux there and breeth opensource air.

Easy to suggest when don't know about the problem!