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Another fortnight, another bunch of computer problems.

Thanks to all who have helped with previous ones, which I posted on:

Here's a wee bit of an update:

  • 1. Memory card readers: I tried a CF card in the PSC 1350, and nothing happened. I'm not even sure how to print from it.

  • 2. CUPS setup: I haven't had time to delve into this.

  • 3. Stacking Ethernet hubs: After talking with tmehlinger and thekuffs yesterday, I'm almost convinced to go with a 16-port switch. I'd like recommendations, though, especially before I shell out $90 for a wired switch or $150 or more for a wireless/wired combo.



And now, the new problems:

Build me a system worthy of Mordor: a state-of-the-art SMP multimedia rig

So, I went and bought Will Smith's Maximum PC Guide to Building a Dream PC. The multimedia developer system looked like a good template, so I went with it. Then I heard all about the SLI systems, Intel and Athlon dual core, quad-processor systems with hyperthreading, and lo, I began to drool.

My question: how good and how stable a system will I be able to build next February for $6000 USD? I need to have video editing capabilities, a decent amount of RAM (2-4Gb), a fast (10000 rpm) and stable drive such as a Western Digital Raptor (72Gb or larger), and a large IDE data drive (say, 400Gb). Standard DVD and CD burning drives, a good 10/100 NIC, and a "near-top-of-the-line" video card are a must: this is a next-generation desktop visualization workstation, and I think of it as a massforge head node.

Banazir versus the Ecthroi II - A Wind in the Core: X on Debian

So, Dr. Evazan doesn't like me. Debian doesn't like me, either. It has the death penalty in twelve systems. I was careful, and tried all kinds of hocus-pocus to get X-Windows working, but I was not a Jedi yet. Or something. Help?


Vidding on a Shoestring Budget: bargain basement video editor cards and editing software

Speaking of video editing, what's a good card to have?
I'm told that Hauppage cards eat ATI All-in-Wonder cards for breakfast, and that I want PCI and not AGP anyway.
Advice, s'il vous plait?


Thanks very much en avance!

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Banazir

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auriam
Jun. 29th, 2005 08:04 am (UTC)
You want PCI Express, not PCI, though...
banazir
Jun. 30th, 2005 01:06 am (UTC)
PCI Express
So noted!

Thanks,
Banazir
burkhardt
Jun. 29th, 2005 07:38 pm (UTC)
My question: how good and how stable a system will I be able to build next February for $6000 USD? I need to have video editing capabilities, a decent amount of RAM (2-4Gb), a fast (10000 rpm) and stable drive such as a Western Digital Raptor (72Gb or larger), and a large IDE data drive (say, 400Gb). Standard DVD and CD burning drives, a good 10/100 NIC, and a "near-top-of-the-line" video card are a must: this is a next-generation desktop visualization workstation, and I think of it as a massforge head node.

You are looking at a crushing system with $6k.

Also the good news for you is that Nvidia just released their 7800 ultra card. This of course means (assuming historical precedent follows) the price on the 6 series cards will be coming down. Not sure exactly what your needs are but the main difference between the 7800 ultra and the 6800 ultra is the internal clock speed (only different by about 30MHz bringing the 7800 ultra up to 430MHz), they added 2 vertex shaders (bringing the total to 8), and they added 8 pixel pipelines (up to 24 now on the 7800 ultra).

The biggest change of course is the extra pixel pipelines, but I'm not sure how much video editing software would use those pipelines, if it's not much then go with the 6800s.

Also I will caution you that despite my own opinion that AMD upgrade path will be smoother and is better prepared for the future. AMD processors are designed for gaming first it seems and Intel cpus almost always perform better with video editing and encoding. So this is something you may want to keep in mind.

I would recommend before you purchase to hit some of the more major pc hardware review sites as some of them do test out the hardware with video encoding and such.

http://www.tomshardware.com/
http://www.anandtech.com/
de_profundiis
Jun. 30th, 2005 01:31 am (UTC)
Debian doesn't like me, either

from someone who does not know your experience with linux, have you considered trying ubuntu? it's debian based and quite good, specially on install :)
banazir
Jul. 10th, 2005 07:01 pm (UTC)
Ubuntu
Yep! scottharmon recommended it six months ago, and I have just been procrastinating as usual. No more! Ubuntu or bust!

(Please see my latest plea for help, though.)

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Banazir
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