LinuxQuestions.org
Help answer threads with 0 replies.
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Hardware
User Name
Password
Linux - Hardware This forum is for Hardware issues.
Having trouble installing a piece of hardware? Want to know if that peripheral is compatible with Linux?

Notices


Reply
 
Search this Thread
Old 05-11-2013, 03:42 PM   #1
XenaneX
Member
 
Registered: Jan 2009
Location: SE USA
Distribution: Mageia 4 formerly PCLOS
Posts: 140
Blog Entries: 4

Rep: Reputation: 19
System update, request advice.


My desktop is probably 6+ years old now and I want to upgrade it.
I'll be watching videos online and doing some drawing in Kolourpaint and FreeCAD.
The mobo will be ASUS, but I'd like some assistance on which to choose and which not to choose.
Is FM2 preferred over AM3+? Here's what I'm looking at:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...24%24%24%24%24

Then there's the processor question. Low wattage is desirable and the A10-5700 uses 65 watts.

I do not understand what AMD Radeon Cores are and if they are compatible with my Nvidia G86 graphics card.

Is there any point in getting 8 gig of ram?

Current system:

AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 3800+
Now using: NVIDIA Corporation G86 [GeForce 8500 GT]
MSI mobo

Thanks kindly for any advice.
 
Old 05-11-2013, 04:00 PM   #2
TobiSGD
Moderator
 
Registered: Dec 2009
Location: Hanover, Germany
Distribution: Whatever fits the task best
Posts: 16,113
Blog Entries: 2

Rep: Reputation: 4371Reputation: 4371Reputation: 4371Reputation: 4371Reputation: 4371Reputation: 4371Reputation: 4371Reputation: 4371Reputation: 4371Reputation: 4371Reputation: 4371
Which socket type you choose is somewhat dependent on what you plan to do with the machine. If you need the last bit of performance you would choose AM3+ and an AMD FX CPU (actually you would go for Intel if you want the best performance), if you are more of a casual user (it sounds you are, from your description) the FM2/A10 combination will be fine. Those APUs from AMD (A10/A8/A6) have an inbuilt videocard, the videocard in the A10 should be at least as fast as your Geforce card, so that card will not be necessary anymore with such a system. Of course you can disable the inbuilt video-device and still use the Nvidia card, if you feel more comfortable with Nvidia.
Regarding the amount of RAM, it also depends on your usage, but nowadays RAM is so cheap that you won't do anything wrong with getting 8GB.

Last edited by TobiSGD; 05-11-2013 at 07:52 PM. Reason: fixed typo
 
Old 05-11-2013, 06:57 PM   #3
XenaneX
Member
 
Registered: Jan 2009
Location: SE USA
Distribution: Mageia 4 formerly PCLOS
Posts: 140
Blog Entries: 4

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 19
Great, that really helps with the decision making process. Thanks.
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Advice request for a distro hopper Pauly BC Linux - Desktop 12 02-02-2010 10:30 PM
Request for advice: building a fileserver darclaird Linux - Networking 2 12-29-2006 06:45 PM
Yet another request for advice on which distro to get nroose Linux - Distributions 17 03-11-2006 08:01 AM
Not so much of a problem more of a request for advice Draylath Linux - Newbie 6 06-16-2004 11:31 PM
Request for advice its4 Linux - Newbie 4 06-18-2002 11:13 AM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:29 PM.

Main Menu
Advertisement
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration