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[SLUG] [Fwd: Help with final choice on new machine]


Anyone care to comment,  an open source developer in Canada is getting a
new PC...  I work on the very low end so someone might have some useful
comments.  I wish it was my budget :-)

What is support like for 64 bit stuff?

Ta
Ken


> 
> First I wanted to thank you all for taking the time to respond 
> to my call for help.  I have taken what you have sent to me and 
> talked with one of the few custom Linux box Vars in Canada and 
> he has put together 3 systems for me to choose from. 
>  
> They are based on 3 different processors and motherboards and ...
> They all come in at about the same price tag (once I add extras, sales tax, 
> shipping they all eat me $4K Canadian budget up).
> 
> If you have a moment I would love to hear which of these 
> systems you feel is best for me to choose.  I am literally out of my depth.
> 
> Specifically does a dual x86-64 Opteron system at 1.4 GHz but 64 bits 
> really perform as well as a dual Xeon 2.4 GHZ? 
> 
> Would it be a mistake to go with 32bit processors when the 64 bit processors
> seem to be the wave of the future (PPC 970, Itanium, x86-64, etc).
> Or do the much faster 32 bit processors outperform the 64 bit ones.
> 
> Any advice welcomed!!!!
> 
> System A: Dual 64bit AMD Opteron system
> ---------------------------------------------------------------
> (2) AMD OPT 240 (1.4GHz) w/ AMD Cooler
> (1) Tyan S2880GNR Opeteron (2x), vide, PCI-X, 2xGigE, Promise ATA RAID
> (1) 21-01WD 21" ATX+ Server, 3 BB fan, 9 bay
> (1) 450W ATX2.03 Power Supply, TripleI BB fan, AMD/P4
> (4) 512MB PC2700 Kentronn DDR EEC REG DIMM "x4"
> (1) ATI Radeon 7000 64MB DDR TVout PCI Video
> (1) 3Ware Escalade 7500-2 IDE Raid, 2 disk Raid 0,1,JBOD
> (2) W.Digital Caviar Ultra120-8 7200rpm 120GB UDMA100 Hard Drives
> (1) Pioneer DR105 DVDR-RW Drive
> (1) Onboard Dual GigE ethernet on motherboard
> (1) 3 Port Firewire PCI (VIA)
> 
> 
> 
> System B: Dual Xeon 2.4 GHZ system (32 bit processor)
> -----------------------------------------------------------
> (2) Intel Xeon Processor 533fsb 2.4GHz
> (1) Tyan S2668ANR 2x Xeon533, i1705 chipset, AGP8X, 100T&GbE, Promise S-ATARAID
> (1) 21-01WD 21" ATX+ Server, 3 BB fan, 9 bay
> (1) 450W ATX2.03 Power Supply, TripleI BB fan, AMD/P4
> (4) 512MB PC2700 Kentronn DDR EEC REG DIMM "x4"
> (1) ATI Radeon 9100 64MB DDR TVout AGP4x Video
> (1) 3Ware Escalade 7500-2 IDE Raid, 2 disk Raid 0,1,JBOD
> (2) W.Digital Caviar Ultra120-8 7200rpm 120GB UDMA100 Hard Drives
> (1) Pioneer DR105 DVDR-RW Drive
> (1) Onboard Gig (1000T) ethernet plus 10/100T ethernet on motherboard
> (1) 3 Port Firewire PCI (VIA)
> 
> 
> 
> System C: Dual Athlon 2.2GHz system (32 bit processor)
> ---------------------------------------------------------
> (2) AMD MP2800+ 2.2GHz c/w AMD Cooler
> (1) Tyan Tiger S2466N-4M motherboard, Dual AthlonMP, ether
> (1) 21-01WD 21" ATX+ Server, 3 BB fan, 9 bay
> (1) 450W ATX2.03 Power Supply, TripleI BB fan, AMD/P4
> (4) 512MB PC2700 Kentronn DDR EEC REG DIMM "x4"
> (1) ATI Radeon 9100 64MB DDR TVout AGP4x Video
> (1) 3Ware Escalade 7500-2 IDE Raid, 2 disk Raid 0,1,JBOD
> (2) W.Digital Caviar Ultra120-8 7200rpm 120GB UDMA100 Hard Drives
> (1) Pioneer DR105 DVDR-RW Drive
> (1) Onboard Gig (1000T) ethernet plus 10/100T ethernet on motherboard
> (1) 3 Port Firewire PCI (VIA)

-- 
Thanks
KenF
OpenOffice.org developer