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Old 08-23-2009, 12:07 PM   #1
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motherboard for desktop


Hi:
My old K7S5A (SiS735 chipset) Athlon i386 Debian lenny desktop has died and I
am wondering how to set up a new one for the same service (running
32bit graphic scientific programs, besides office use, and
establishing scp connection with my amd64 computing machines).
Absolutely no need of multicore, rather, a single fast processor would
be of use for scientific purposes, as parallelized codes are rare
stuff and I have where to run them efficiently. I thought to buy a second hand single-processor motherboard but it might result as a bad jump into the past. Also, I have a couple of unused 150GB Raptor WD HDs that could only be used if the motherboard has SATA connections (better two, so as to set up a RAID1).

Any suggestion on which motherboard (or motherboard type, if you prefer
to be uncommitted about brand) would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

francesco pietra
 
Old 08-23-2009, 02:15 PM   #2
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I would stick with SiS if you're thinking of using the athlon. Many are via, and I have not had happy experiences there.
Otherwise, I have just run a thread on this myself, and you are stuck with 64 bit, so it's stupid not to go multicore, especially when packages (e.g. googleearth) want it.
 
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I would stick with SiS if you're thinking of using the athlon. Many are via, and I have not had happy experiences there.
Otherwise, I have just run a thread on this myself, and you are stuck with 64 bit, so it's stupid not to go multicore, especially when packages (e.g. googleearth) want it.
Thanks for the VIA warning.

Just to clarify the multicore issue, for parallelized codes, both for ab initio and molecular dynamics procedures, I have multisocket, multicore machines driven by OpenMPI. Certain procedures are not amenable to parallelization, or have not been parallelized yet, so that running multicore would expensive for nothing. As for googleearth I can't find time and interest.

cheers
francesco
 
  


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