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Wednesday August 22, 2007
04:17 AM

New computer

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How dificult is this!

I need a new PC, mainly for coding Perl. Well, "need" may not exactly be the correct term, but when the laptop reacts with a rubber like response and is getting warm enough to keep the coffee warm, at least I have a wish for something better, more productive.

I'm that kind of person who doesn't really care about hardware. Only checking the price / performance and features whenever I need a new thing of some kind.

So to see that I can get an Athlon 64 Dual Core 5000, 2 GB RAM and a harddisk that could have acted as a data center 10 years ago for a few thousaned DKK makes the heart beat faster and eyes glimpse extra.

Wasn't it only for Perl coding, you say? Well, my experience tells me that it's better to overshoot the current target if I want to be happy with the computer for a couple of years. And that is my plan.

But of course we have the old fashioned snake in this Paradise. Of course I will be running Linux, and out of habit I'm checking compatibility, believing that no problems remain.

Perhaps I'm getting too close to the problems, perhaps I just took chances in the past. But I'm surprised to hear about motherboards not supporting Linux, sound and wireless devices not being recognized and more.

Graphic adapters are the classic problem, but AFAICS most cards from the leading vendors work right out of the box. At least GeForce seems to be well covered.

And then I need to decide if I will build it myself (either a kit or assemble all parts from different shops) or buy a ready-to-use computer.

What do you think?

Investigating the different combinations already cost me a lot of time. But at least it's great fun :-)

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