Linked by David Adams on Wed 10th Sep 2008 21:33 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems It this post offers a walkthrough of the building of a powerful, yet affordable workstation. Each of the parts was carefully chosen and the build was extensively detailed. There were some problems, but those were worked around and the end result was an impressive 64-bit workhorse.
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yes, not everything can be parallelized... so what. 1-2 core for the OS (Vista anyone?!). 1 for my HD encryption 1 for the virus scanner in the back ground 1-2 for open apps, although idle WHILE I AM GAMING, which takes at least another 2 cores. Doing the math, that makes it exactly 8 cores already in that totally normal, every day application scenario. Why am I typing this? Because I am having this scenario sitting right here on my table, except I am limited to 2 cores right now, so bring on the other 6.

More like 4. You can dump most of that (OS, encryption, virus scanner, non-cpu-intensive apps) on two cores and have two left over for gaming. Although I'm not aware of tools on windows which make it easy to assign a process to a given core.

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