> --- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, "Alex Stanley"
> <j_alexander_stanley@> wrote:
> > --- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, "anonyff" <anonyff@> wrote:
> > >
> > > Alex (et al)
> > >
> > > I disagree with this based on my personal experience.
> > > Four years ago I bought a Dell Dimension, I have it going
> > > probably 12 hours per day for business. It, too, has performed
> > > flawlessly for 4 straight years with zero problems. Finally,
> > > at 4 years it is starting to have some problems-slowing down,
> > > stalling a lot more. I'm good at tweaking it, keeping it clean,
> > > tracking down problems with it, and with all that it's still
> > > finally in need of replacement. I am so impressed with Dell
> > > that I am ordering a new one.
> > And, based on my personal experience, I still think a brand name
> > motherboard is crucial: My webserver, http://alex.natel.net/ , is an
> > old Micron system that I bought in 1998. It's a 733MHz Pentium III
> > running on a Tyan Trinity 400 motherboard.
> I agree with Alex about a quality motherboard. Although I have found
> that the corporate lines of the major makers are much more stable than
> the home user lines. In the past year I have done some large desktop
> migrations: 1250 IBM's for a health insurance co, 700 HP/Compaq's for
> BOA, and 60 Dells for retail distribution center. All theses were
> corporate line machines, very stable and better constructed than I
> thought they would be.
> For myself each generation of motherboards generall produces a low
> cost board or two that is fast, stable and flexible. The trick is
> picking them out of the crowd. In the Athlon era the Shuttle An35n was
> one, and I'm currently running an Asrock939DualSataII with a Dual core
> 4400+ (chip recommended by Akasha108). Both have been excellent
> running both gentoo linux and all versions of Windows including Server
> 2k3. The fun part is trying to pick the good ones before they get
> popular. Good quality powersupplys and memory are important as speed
> goes up. They all can be had at pretty resonable prices. If you elect
> to build your own check out a few enthusiast sites and you'll see a
> group of folks just below the hardcore folks that pick the best
> price/performance ratio stuff. That's the stuff to look at....
I find ExtremeTech is a good information source. And past articles of
reviews is helpful.
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