Error log for Tue, 29 Oct 2002 05:09:15 +0000, segfault in module
"Nucleon": dump details are as follows...
Quote:> My dad and I are in the market for a new system, and I've realized that
> in getting used to the software end of things, I've neglected hardware.
> I've got about $1000 to spend, a little more for shipping.
Well, if you can somehow come up with about $46,697.00 more, you could
pick up one of these beauties...
Quote:> Anyway, you all seem to know your stuff, so what's your opinion on
> issues like: Intel vs AMD (can I trust AMD's 2400+ ratings), RAM types,
> FSB speeds, graphics cards, Linmodems, etc.?
I know people who would swear by AMD, but if I had my choice between the
two, I would pick Intel. No reason, just personal preference.
Of course, now that we use a REAL OS, we are not limited by PC only, so in
reality you could expand your horizons to other architectures as well.
Quote:> I was under the impression that AMD actually was a little faster, and
> closer to it's "+" ratings than to the real speed. Is this true?
From what I have read, depending on the task, AMD can outperform an
equivelant intel chip, plus they have the additional benefit of being a
bit less expensive, so you can get more bang for your buck.
That said, I would still stick with Intel if given the choice.
Quote:> How much better is PC333 than PC400 RAM? And what's the deal with FSB
> speeds? AMD seems to have 200/233, while Intel claims 533, but are they
> similar in practice? Does anyone have horror stories about some new
No reference there.
Quote:> I've had good luck with nVidia cards and Linux support, will I do as
> well with ATI? An old Radeon of mine works, but Tux is all white, and
> Cannon Smash crashes.
I am using an ATI Radeon 7000, and it is working just great with the stock
XF86 drivers. Full 3D, hardware acceleration, xVideo etc. Then again, I
am not much of a gamer. About the most intensive thing I do on a regular
basis is watch a movie or two.
I can play fullscreen Tuxracer without the slightest bit of jerkiness
Quote:> Also, has anyone had any good or bad experiences with iBuyPower? It
> seems to be amoung the cheapest systems I've configured, but I haven't
> heard of the company before.
No idea. You may want to look at tigerdirect, they usually have some
pretty good deals. Also egghead, though they tend to be a tad expensive,
they do have good stuff.
Both have excellent shipping options and prices.
Quote:> Sorry, I promise never to ask another "Which is the best?" question
> instead of doing my homework, but real experiences are often better than
> marketing hype.
IMHO, concentrate on MOBO, CPU, RAM, HDD's, PS and Chassis, in that order
. Everything else is ancillary and you can always swap out what you have
currently. Allocating more funds to the items higher on the list will
ensure that you have a decent system to run a decent OS on.
rapskat - 12:30am up 31 days, 2:20, 3 users, load average: 0.43, 0.25, 0.14
122 processes: 118 sleeping, 3 running, 1 zombie, 0 stopped
CPU states: 0.0% user, 0.0% system, 0.1% nice, 0.0% idle
Many hands make light work.
-- John Heywood