Re: Seeking CPU Recomendations
On Mon, Jan 01, 2007 at 01:29:55PM -0600, Hugo Vanwoerkom wrote:
> 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 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
> >>>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.
> >For the record, the rest of the system is
> > Memory: 256 M
> > 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.
> If that is all you are after I would do what Roberto suggested: buy more
> memory. You have only 256MB but the board supports 3GB, so buy a 1GB
> card and put that in and see if it makes a difference.
In addition, I would suggest trying to do as much in _hardware_ as
possible, e.g. video capture card that does the conversion itself rather
than relying on your CPU. For watching the DVD, ditto the graphics
In effect, CPU power is that last thing to consider changing, after
ensuring enough memory that you don't need to swap (although you should
have a swap partition), and watching IO bandwidth, and doing everything
you can in hardware.