Advice on system purchase
I'm really getting annoyed by my random system lockups, so I have been
looking at new motherboards, new systems, etc.
A whole new system would be simplest since my current box has an old 32
bit single core Athlon 2800+ and anything that I buy is going to be 64
bit. Simpler to install from scratch than try to replace the
motherboard with a new one and then upgrade from 32 bit to 64 bit kernel
I saw a Fry's add for a motherboard, an AMD 8 Core CPU and memory for
$250 which was pretty tempting. I did a search on the Processor and
found that Tiger Direct has a bundle with the same CPU, a similar
motherboard, 8 GB of RAM, a DVD burner and a 1 TB Seagate HD (
). Has anyone used this system, or any of these components? Comments?
My main worry is the hard drive. I currently have what I think is its
older cousin, a 1 TB SATA II drive. It works perfectly and I have
always liked Seagate drives. I know that there are people out there who
have had trouble with Seagate, but there are also many who have not.
Any individual drive can be a lemon. That's not my problem. The
question that I have is that this drive seams to have Advanced Format 4K
sectors. The ad says that there are no utilities to run and no extra
integration steps. I have read enough posts here about problems with
Advanced Format to be wary of their claim, though. Does anyone have
experience with this drive, or with other Seagate drives with 4K sectors
and Seagate SmartAlign?