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I'm thinking about stepping up to an Athlon 64 X2 (again a dually), but I'm not sure if it's worth the speed. I threw some parts together and I think I can build a new PC (X2, Gig of RAM, 10,000 RPM HD, blah, blah...) for around $800.
Do I need a new box? What is everyone else running at home?
Plus, we're all geeks here, right?
When I'm not writing content, I like to play around in photoshop. That's how it got started...
I also noticed that virus scan and software firewalls are resource hogs. That's why I'm still looking at duals.
I also got the impression from the articles I read that the Pivo / Tivo was in its infancy. I just read an article about building one for $1,000. That's just plain silly since Tivo costs in the area of $500 - $800 (including the $299 lifetime membership).
Currently, I'm running single CPU and dual graphics cards, with either 2 or 3 monitors. Not really hitting any performance issues for any single app, but sometimes I'll have up to 3 different GFX suites open (Photoshop, Illustrator, and one of several "niche" editors like Apophysis or PovRay) - and man, that can grind pretty much any processor to a halt.
Supposedly, Intel and AMD are going to move from dual to quad core processors sometime in the not too distant future, but is that really gonna solve the graphics grind?
Anyone got any ideas?
Anything I'm doing with the Ray tracer or Fractal generators falls into the category of "Just mucking about" - but when I'm playing, that's when I'm least patient with the grind.
Of course one can always run more than one machine...
Don't even go there. The "friendly discussions" I've had with my wife over the fact that my computing area takes up the second largest room in the house (behind the master bedroom)...
I'm desperately trying to cut back on the real estate occuppied by the hardware. Good use of a KVM switch has gone a long way. Cutting back on the number of monitors and keyboards lyeng around, meaning I only have to find space for the CPUs (much easier to hide in the closet for the ones I don't need to get at the removable medium drives).
Can't go below three independant "workhorse" machines. 1 Win, 1*Nix, 1 Mac. And while it would be technically possible to KVM these machines, I've done it in the past and it's turned out to be.... Impractical.
3 Monitors hooked up to 1 "box" and keyboard/mouse that was capable of running all three OS's simultaneously. If anyone knows how to do this without a NASA level budget...