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Old 09-08-2003, 11:14 PM   #1
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I'm having a chicken (motherboard) and egg (video card) problem.

I'm having a chicken (motherboard) and egg (video card) problem. I'm building a new dual-head monitor system to run Red Hat Linux 9.0, but I can't decide which to buy second-the motherboard or video card. (The OS came first because Slam, the IC Layout tool from Stabie-Soft, only runs on linux.) Also, can't decide on Intel or AMD CPUs. I'll be running a 19" LCD
(ViewSonic VX900-2 or Princeton SENergy Series 981) and a 21" CRT monitor (NEC MultiSync FE2111SB) to do IC layout design. Since I have to run Linux, that seems to deselect some cards and motherboards. Can you help me make an informed decision? I'd like to use either the Matrox Parhelia P650 or Millenium G550. Maybe the Parhelia is too much card for my needs? There will
be no games and no TV. I just need reliable, high resolution. Thanks.
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1) It will be very hard to wrong with an intel board coupled with an intel processor. There are almost no over-clock features, but that results in some of the most rock solid systems available.

2) As long as you stay away from VIA chip sets, it will be very hard to go wrong with an AMD processor and motherboard set (ASUS makes a very good mobo to support the AMD cpu). An ASUS mobo and amd cpu is a great combination, IMHO.

3) Linux supports borth cpu types.

4) Currently (and I sress currently) intel cpu's perform insignificantly better where video pre-processing is concerned (cad, etc.). Intel is better at this than amd, but not so's you'd notice. AMD cpu's, on the other hand, have insignificantly greater throughput; they can be slightly faster than intel, but again not so's you'd notice.

5) Of greater concern is the over-all health of the companies. Unless AMD's new 64-bit processor is a hit, and remains so against a 64-bit intel cpu, AMD is likely to be relegated to a niche market, if that.

6) I own and use both processors, and I have no particular preference.

7) I own oodles of intel stock.

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Thank you for your CPU thoughts. Now about video card with the monitors I've mentioned. Will the Matrox P650 do the job with IC layout CAD and a dual head configuration?
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the parhelia card is very badly supported on linux. use something else if you can.


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