Linked by David Adams on Wed 10th Sep 2008 21:33 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems It this post Geek.com 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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wanker90210
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2007-10-26

I was a happy owner of an Abit bp6 mobos with the 2 x Celeron hack. Needless to say, in '99 multithreading was Star Trek. I remember ripping mp3:s on it and was annoyed that the encoder completely ignored the extra CPU.

So i made a script that started more than one encoder in parallel.

Edited 2008-09-10 22:59 UTC

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helf Member since:
2005-07-06

yeah, I used to run a dual ppro-s 200 tower. I was in heaven ;) Right now my main computer is a dual PIII-600 Katmai with 1gb of PC100. Still plenty fast for my purposes. I'm planning on upgrading to at least quadcores in a few months.

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Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

I was a happy owner of an Abit bp6 mobos with the 2 x Celeron hack. Needless to say, in '99 multithreading was Star Trek....


I had that mobo (and still use it from time to time even now).

One of the best computers I've owned.

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bnolsen Member since:
2006-01-06

I used to have this board too.
The capacitors were crap and leaked all over the place after a couple of years. I did a capacitor replacement job but the board never was stable again.

Anyways... As a developer 8 cores are AWESOME. Building applications can very efficiently use all 8 cores, building one object file per core.

Also as a developer you start to notice when your own applications aren't using all 8 cores and it's kind of annoying.

Basically all developers should have SLOW machines with 8 cores (I use an 8 core 1.6GHz setup).

Last machine I bought from dell in march this year with 8GB ram for just under $1250 shipped. That's without MS tax.

Edited 2008-09-12 20:25 UTC

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