Personally, I would forego the use of Windows and go for a system that actually has a good 64bit support. Look into FreeBSD, NetBSD, Linux distros of Debian & Fedora & SuSE.
If you are going to use multicore, go for a system that has SMP support. If this includes virtualization, then try NetBSD or Fedora.
Transistor size determines the amount on a single die, not the performance.
memory limitation of 4G is for 32bit systems.
You may want to try an OpenBIOS, LinuxBIOS compatible board.
If you wanted better performance and response time, then you would try for a different architecture such as: ARM (Acorn), MIPS (SGI) , PPC (Macintosh Gseries) , or SPARC (Solaris workstations).
Windows also has the disadvantage of not being able to configure services or modify hardware compatibility.
If the system is efficient, you won't need to overclock. Games can be played on a virtual layer. It is here that you can install a version of Windows without adversely affecting the hardware.
Hello guys at CNet! Even though I?ve been browsing the site and the forums for a very long time, I?ve only now made a new account, as the last one seems to have vanished. I?m aware you often get this kind of questions, and although I?ve looked around a lot for information, read reviews, tests & comparisons, and I?m still not entirely certain about certain things.
I?m looking to replace my current rig which is getting awfully outdated (Athlon 2400+, 1Gb, Radeon 9700, WD Raptor). I?m quite into hardware and stuff, but as mentioned above I want to get it right this time. My budget is around 1000-1250 euros (800-925 pounds), that?s without monitor. (will keep dual-screen setup, have 2x 17? LCD) Besides the usual performance, ?upgrade-ability?, and most bang-for-bucks I also want to keep the noise level down as much as possible, and some overclocking will be in order. Pc will be used for Gaming, Internet, Music, Video, Work etc, no plans of using it for ?specialised? programs/tools/calculations. So here I am, asking some advice to techguru?s and people who know more about this than I do! Can you help me get rid of my doubts? ;o)
Several issues I?m toying around with:
- Is Vista worth buying knowing that the good SP 1 is out soon? (Heard great things about it, RC was tested thoroughly) What?s the difference (compatibility? Performance?) between 32-bits and 64-bits, and is it worth getting Vista 64? I heard a Quad Core is needed to get ?more? out of the 64-bits version?
- Antec P-182 Case
- Mobo - X38 or P35 chipset? Going for DDR2, is X38 compatible? Always liked Asus, but any recommendations are welcome. Heard good things about P5K, P5N32-E SLI ?
- Core 2 Duo or Quad Core (ie Core 2 Duo E6750 or Quad Q6600) ? Any difference with the new 45nm Core 2 Duo E8400 etc?
- 8800 GT 512mb
- 2Gb or likely 4Gb of ?high-end? Ram; Corsair/Ocz/G.Skill. PC6400 (800 MHz) or PC8500 (1066 MHz)? Heard 4Gb only ?works well? with Vista 64?
- Two HDDs on a Raid 0, with an extra ?storage? HDD. 2x Hitachi Deskstar P7K500 or 2x Samsung Spinpoint T166 or WD Caviar SE16, all S-ATA at 320Gb & 16 Cache. Is it worth going for a 32 cache, I heard the more the better on a raid? (Raid 0 setting @ 64kb seems best?)
- Seasonic M12-500 PSU or any other recommendations? Has to be Silent & modular. 500W enough to make this rig run stable, with some average overclocking in mind?
- Noctua NH-U12P CPU heatsink & fan
- Dvd burner/mouse/keyboard/Vista should be included in the budget.
Thanks for your time, I?d appreciate any comments or advice, be it good or bad!