Am Sonntag,  7. Januar 2001 19:08 schrieben Sie:
> Hi folks,
> I'm building a new system and would like to get some opinions on hardware.

This is actually OT, but since you mentioned the GIMP... :-)

> This is primarily a web programmer development system.  It's main tasks
> will be to emulate the production environment closely, running SQL and web
> servers.  Part of the development task will include using Gimp and
> potentially Blender on a Linux O/S.  It will be dual-boot with Win for
> compatibility testing purposes.  It's secondary and ternary tasks will be
> producing a radio show and designing CD covers.

Go for a second small Windows machine for testing purposes. Your server 
doesn't have to be that big. Just needs a fair amount of ram, _at least_ 256 

> I have chosen to go with the an AMD Athlon 900MHz CPU and initially 133MHz
> RAM (due to the high cost of DDR).  I am unfamiliar with the FPU on an AMD
> and how well it holds up to intensive floating point calculations such as
> those in audio and graphics.  If anyone has any thoughts please share them.

I'm using a 700MHz Athlon with an Epox mainboard, 384MB ram and a Geforce256. 
It's really nice. :-) I run the whole LAMP setup and more. Seti runs in the 

> My main concern is with the graphics card and monitor combo.  I am finding
> with a 17" monitor at 1024x768 that I haven't enough screen real estate
> even with multiple desktops.  Any higher resolution than that and the
> refresh rate is not tolerable.
> For the new system I would like a 19" monitor capable of 1600x1200 with a
> fairly high refresh.  I noticed KDS has a model that can handle this at

Which means at least using a 22" monitor IMO. I have a 19" monitor capable of 
displaying 1600x1200 in 85Hz, but IMO the monitor is far too small for such a 
resolution. 1280x1024 is quite nice on a 19" though. A good 19" is still 
quite expensive...

> My final request is with the graphics card.  I will most likely be
> choosing a 32Mb AGP 4x card, which is light years beyond the 4Mb PCI I am
> using now.  I'm not too concerned about this, as a card is more readily
> replaceable than a monitor.  What does confuse me is that most cards are
> listed with their Windows requirements or Windows compatibility.  I run
> Linux and X windows as my main system and want to make sure that the card
> I get is fully compatible with Linux.  

My Geforce256 runs great!!! OpenGL works fine. Ssystem does an average of 145 
fps in full screen mode at 1280x1024. Quake3 has an average of 80fps at 
1024x768 with _everything_ on! A friend of mine has a Geforce GTS, AFAIK that 
is... Works fine too. Both 3d and 2d performance are noticably better than on 
my machine, 170 fps with Ssytem and 100fps with Quake 3.

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