Re: Advice on system purchase
On 10/28/12 19:07, Marc Shapiro wrote:
I have run memtest86+ for over a day with no
errors, or lockups. I have asked questions here. I have done web
searches on various possibilities. The closest I could find to my
situation is the graphics driver problem referred to by Johan in the
thread "Debian Wheezy Hangs" about 2 weeks ago.
Trouble-shooting can be maddening. If you suspect the problem is
software, you might want to try another Debian distribution (Squeeze vs.
Wheezy), another GNU/ Linux distribution, or a *BSD distribution to
prove or disprove that hypothesis.
... how does putting one keyboard, mouse and monitor in front of
two or more boxes with a KVM switch do anything better for me than being
able to press Ctl-Alt_Fx to switch between individual sessions?
You've mentioned using the old machine as a server. You've also said
that you only have enough room for one keyboard, monitor, and mouse. A
KVM switch would allow you to accomplish both goals. But, be warned
that compatibility issues are common...
Having a complete, working back-up system is very useful.
The Linux kernel should spread the workload across as many cores as
your processor has.
That is what I thought and is why I was looking at an 8 core processor.
It is not, however, what other people have said, earlier in this thread.
If you look at Stan Hoeppner's reply to my initial post you will see
what I am talking about.
I haven't read (or saved) every post on this thread, and they aren't in
the archive yet...
> If you looked at the system that I asked about originally, you would
see that it costs $389, less $40 in rebates.
I am trying to keep costs down ...
Cost is the issue. I can not afford to spend more than is
necessary to get a stable system that will do what I need it to do.
I've had the best compatibility results with Microsoft, GNU/Linux, and
*BSD operating systems over the past 20+ years when I've used Intel
motherboards with integrated graphics, sound, networking, etc., and
Intel CPU's. I've donated/ recycled several non-Intel motherboards
along the way. I prefer Antec cases and power supplies. I believe
modern machines require a Blu-ray RW optical drive, a SSD system drive,
and a HDD data drive.
If you plan to re-use existing hardware, be very careful about monitor,
mouse, keyboard, printer, modem, I/O card, SSD/HDD/optical drive,
serial/ USB/ Firewire, front panel, etc., interfaces on the new
motherboard and power supply requirements for the system.
It sounds like you might have a suitable HDD data drive. It would be a
challenge for me to fit the rest into a $350 budget. I'd probably have
to settle for replacing the motherboard, CPU, memory, and possibly the
power supply on the old machine.
> I am also looking for more memory slots than I currently need so that
I can upgrade memory later ...
My current MB is maxed out at 2GB and I see very little, if any swapping, ...
Okay. So, those are two constraints on the solution:
1. 2+ GB of RAM.
2. Extra memory module slots.
How much did that system cost you.
> ... your i7-2600S system.
I previously stated $820, but had forgotten the SSD. Here's a corrected
parts list with prices:
quan unit make model description amazon extension
1 ea Antec Sonata III 500 Mid Tower ATX case with 500 W power supply
1 ea Intel BOXDQ67SWB3 Boxed Intel Desktop Board Executive Series
Micro-ATX form factor for 2nd Gen Intel Core Family Processors 124.99 124.99
1 ea Intel BX80623I72600S Core I7-2600S Processor 309.49 309.49
1 ea Pioneer BDR-2206B5PK Blu Ray 12x writer Optical Drive - Retail
1 ea Intel SSDSC2CW060A310 Intel 520 Series Solid-State Drive 60 GB SATA
6 Gb/s 2.5-Inch 91.93 91.93
1 ea Seagate ST3000DM001 Seagate Barracuda 3 TB 7200 RPM 64 MB SATA
3 119.99 119.99
1 kit Corsair CMV8GX3M2A1333C9 Corsair 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1333 MHz (PC3
10666) Desktop Memory 33.99 33.99
Substituting an i3 processor for the i7 and using your existing 1 TB HDD
instead of buying a new 3 TB HDD would get the price down to around $600.
Beware that prices will be going up shortly for the Christmas season.