[SATLUG] Looking for new system
bruce.dubbs at gmail.com
Thu Aug 7 15:33:44 CDT 2008
Note: I'm starting a new thread.
> I'm looking at buying a new (or refurb'd) machine in the very near
> future to replace my crashed Windoze media (music and video) server (I'm
> all Linux at home now...). I've seen some good-to-great price offerings
> on both Intel Xeon and AMD Phenom systems, but I'm curious and a little
> bit concerned over the problems I'm hearing about Ubuntu and 64bit
> architecture. Several questions come to mind as I get ready for my
> purchase(s). Can y'all help?
> 1. An AMD feind since the brand came out, I'm wondering: which CPU setup
> would y'all actually recommend as best suited to Ubuntu versions 7.04 -
> 8.04 in a 64bit environment?
> 2. What are the issues with 64bit systems and the apparent need for 4+GB
> of RAM? Can It load as a 32bit OS on a muti-core machine? If so, what
> would I lose if I did it that way? How much RAM would I need then?
> 3. For this machine, I'm not overly concerned about wireless networking,
> as it'll be directly wire-connected to my router. However, I'd like to
> know if the system, under Ubuntu, might be multi-homed, and run more
> than one NIC with more than one usable IP address (true server fashion)?
> 4. Which video card(s) would you recommend, with how much RAM on board,
> to handle this monster and permit the full use of Emerald and/or
I'm a bit confused by your requirements. You say that you want a media server
and then talk about video cards. Is it a server or a workstation?
If you just want to work as a media server, I wouldn't do a PC at all. I'd just
get a small enclosure to host drives via samba/nfs. You don't need a keyboard,
mouse, or screen. Typically these systems are managed through a web interface.
might work for you. Just google for network storage.
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