RootPrompt.org has a ton of advice on building a good, cheap Linux machine. "You need to decide on the chipset/processor combination and then pick a motherboard with the
layout you need. I would like to be impartial, but it is always a good idea to stay away from Intel:
From Fall 1997 to Spring 2000, people witnessed recalls of pentiums due to 'F0 0F' pentium
bug, dropped L2 cache on original Celerons..."
October 19, 2000