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Re: Seeking CPU Recomendations

Thomas H. George wrote:
On Mon, Jan 01, 2007 at 11:05:57AM -0600, Hugo Vanwoerkom wrote:
Thomas H. George wrote:
>Until now my Athlon XP 1800+ has been adequate for everything I do. Now >I want to capture digital video from my video camera and burn it on CD's >or DVD's.

I am using the 1800+ for a variety of video applications, and find it to be minimally adequate to all such tasks.

>I tried reading the debian-user archives by subject but they are so >extensive it is slow going. Perhaps there is a better way to search them?
>My object is not to be absolutely cutting edge but rather to make a >sound upgrade for a Debian Etch system.

Better CPU but for what motherboard?
You are referring to hardware?


My current motherboard is an Albatron KX400-8XV.  Of course I would
replace it as well if need be.

I also have this board, and you could extend its life a little (as I did) using a Slot-A Sempron, but these are getting harder to find, and the boost in speed might not justify the expense. It may be easier to justify if you also upgrade the RAM as I recomend below, since it will allow better utilization of faster DDR SDRAM.

For the record, the rest of the system is
	Memory:		256 M

256M seems inadequate to me. I agree with Roberto that 1G would be better. I would be afraid of swapping limiting the number of apps you could run while processing the video. I recommend at least 1G of DDR SDRAM, which KX400 fully supports, but may not fully utilized by the 1800+. I don't know if it supports DDR2, but I would try it to help ensure that the RAM could be used in a future motherboard upgrade.

	Harddrive:	70 G
	Video Card:	Radeon 9200 SE
	DVD:		Sony DVD RW DRU-510A
	Sound:		Creative Labs SB Live!
	Wacom Tablet with Mouse
	Generic Keyboard

I might look for a bargin package deal - bare bones or complete desktop
- but there's more space than I need on the hard drive, the DVD and the
  sound card are fine, and I love the Wacom Tablet.  Memory is cheap
  these days. Perhaps an upscale video card might be worth
  considering but perhaps not.  After all my objective is just to
  capture the digital video stream and burn it to a CD or DVD.

New motherboards are cheap and come with (for your needs adequate) onboard graphics and sound. The 64 bit CPUs are still pricey, though.

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