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Saturday, 26th of January 2008 (26-01-2008)

Linux Comp

Computer Shopping Confusion

While trying to pickout the pieces for a new linux developers comp I got really confused. I just wanted a cheap computer. I wanted to build a computer myself once too, just to say I know how. So what the heck is the difference in the pins on the processor and motherboard, and why would I want l1, l2 cache along with sli, pci-e, and a bunch of other fancy acronyms. I couldnt find a good newby guide so I did a bit of research.

Difference between 754 and 939 Processors?

939 Pins
uses SLI64 Bit ModeMore l2 CacheUsually 90nm
754 Pins
@130nm speed

Uhh so what does that mean?

The main differences is: the SLI; which can run two video cards at once and increase performance, the 64 Bit mode; which makes things more efficient but most operating systems do not support it t o begin with(need XP Professional 64 bit edition), the cache; it makes things faster if your run memory intensive applications like databasing and datamining, and the speed 90nm from 130 isnt a killer difference, but it's noticable.


There are serveral things that affect your speed. The motherboard, the harddrive, the ram, the cooling, and the processor. If you're going to be playing the newest gaming releases on your computer you're going to want a 939 processor, but you have to buy a compatible motherboard/videocard/a good hardrive to get the best speed.

If you're just messing around with word processors and making small applications, then buy a sempron. They're cheaper, for the milliseconds difference it makes between the two doing standard operations.

Hard drive Speed!?

I learned that a lot of gamers are paying 4times as much per gigabyte to buy a 150gig hard drive that runs at 10,000 rpm instead of 7200. I'm not sure how fast the front side bus bus has to be to not slow down the processor, or how fast the hard drive has to be combined with the processor to load something fast. Who knows. Buying the most expensive stuff is the best bet, as a lot of people seem to be doing. From 1.6 to 2 ghz isnt a massive difference unless your an obsessed gamer that's using computers for all the wrong reasons.

My Comp

I ended up with a nice linux system at $300. 1.8ghz 512 ram, case, harddrive, fan, built in video/audio on the processor, built in power supply on the case. Super fast, and very cheap.

APEX PC-115 Beige Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 350W Power Supply - Retail
BIOSTAR K8M800-M7A Socket 754 VIA K8M800 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
AMD Sempron 3100+ Palermo 800MHz HT Socket 754 Processor Model SDA3100BABOX - Retail
CORSAIR ValueSelect 512MB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Unbuffered System Memory Model VS512MB400 - Retail
Western Digital Caviar SE WD400JB 40GB 7200 RPM IDE Ultra ATA100 Hard Drive - OEM
TR2TT TR2 M6 (K8) 80mm Ball Cooling Fan/Heatsink - Retail



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Table of Contents

  1. Linux Comp
  2. Computer Shopping Confusion
  3. Difference between 754 and 939 Processors?
  4. Uhh so what does that mean?
  5. What?
  6. Hard drive Speed!?
  7. My Comp
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