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  1. #1 Purcahsing a new PC... 
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    Any recommendations?

    I was considering doing AMD64 with Gentoo Linux, but I'm not sure I want to waste my time trying to get it to work. I just want it to work when I put the CD in.

    I will probably stick to AMD, however.

    I have no clue about which motherboard to get.


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      Quote Originally Posted by chovy
      Any recommendations?

      I was considering doing AMD64 with Gentoo Linux, but I'm not sure I want to waste my time trying to get it to work. I just want it to work when I put the CD in.

      I will probably stick to AMD, however.

      I have no clue about which motherboard to get.
      AMD 64's are the cream of the crop, will be my next box for sure.

      Do you build your own or want to buy one prebuilt?

      Best HD you can get is the Western Digital Raptors 10k RPM SATA drives, I have one now and love it. Faster then anything except high end SCSI.


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      Getnoo takes about 20 minutes (not including actual install time) to setup. But I would recommend FreeBSD. However, if you want a real quick and easy setup go with Mandrake or SuSE. Both are rocking house right now.

      Ebay has great deals on mobo's and processors.
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      The Science Forum is actually running off Debian 3 with the 2.6 kernel. Appears to do pretty good. I compiled pretty much all the major portions. Not sure how this makes anyone feel

      FreeBSD is nice, just a little too user unfriendly at times. The Linux 2.6 Kernel I think is also faster then the BSD Kernels.
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      I like buying from the Dell Factory Outlet. Great parts that are all pretty much off the shelf and guarunteed to work together along with a warranty. I just can't take the hassle of building my own anymore...

      Because of the commodity nature of Dell, it's been very easy to install alternate OS's like linux and Dell has a decent track record of supporting linux.

      I like Mandrake a lot but have been considering Gentoo for my next computer since it seems like they're so focused on simplicity. Installing software on linux is such an ordeal sometimes ... :?
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      Any recommendations on how long to wait? I heard they were working on some pretty advanced technology, creating a terraflop. Is it worth waiting for?

      Linux? Bah. I'm happy with my Windows ME :P.

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      Quote Originally Posted by HomoUniversalis
      Linux? Bah. I'm happy with my Windows ME :P.
      Heretic! Burn Him!!

      Any recommendations on how long to wait? I heard they were working on some pretty advanced technology, creating a terraflop. Is it worth waiting for?
      I always buy a generation or two back when I purchase rather than cutting edge. You get a much bigger bang for your buck that way. If you start playing the game of waiting for the next generation to come out, you end up in an infinite loop. Unless you're running some really heavy computing loads, the current 2-3 GHz stuff is more than adequate.
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      When it comes to servers I like lower power, low heat with lots of redundancy. I try to stay away from the latest and greatest as the trend appears to be toward far more heat and far more power consumption.

      What's the point of having a server that's 99.9% idle even under load with little or no noticeable benefit. The exception I make is for pure database servers, faster the better.

      As for Desktop (gaming) machines I have to have the latest and greatest. I'll put up with the heat (and fan noise).

      I could run this site off a Pentium 133 with 64 MB of RAM and nobody would notice
      That of course would have to be with a Linux OS.
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      When it comes to PC's, building is the only way to go. Not only are they cheaper, you get more bang for your buck.
      Progress isn't made by early risers. It's made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something. -Robert Heinlein
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      I would steer away from amd64 for now (as long as you don't mind using a 32bit distro.) Driver support is still kind of shoddy.

      Your choice of gentoo is a good one, but you say you 'just want it to work'? Try SuSE then.
      where oh where is sciforums?
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