I tend to agree with most of what you said except for AMD. I have a
Athlon900 sytem here and it seems to "blow away the doors" of a PIII-700
that is also here for general purpose use. Yes I know it's faster, but it
seems WAY faster.




> -----Original Message-----
> From: Drew [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
> Sent: Sunday, July 21, 2002 11:25 AM
> To: Protel EDA Forum
> Subject: Re: [PEDA] Fastest possible Protel system, price is not a
> concern.
>
>
>
> Brian,
>
> This is a great topic, especially when money is not a concern.  I
> have great
> trust with the opinions of this group, but make sure that you spend a good
> amount of time researching the stats of what you are looking at and the
> advice you receive.
>
> Tom's Hardware Guide www.tomshardware.com is an excellent
> starting resource
> for everything, other than entering key words in a search engine.
> The chipset and motherboard issue have too many variables to
> correctly guess
> which one is the best and is largely determined by your CPU choice(s).
> >From my personal experience, the pros of AMD are mostly seen on game
> oriented platforms, when money is no object.
> I believe the industry made a mistake with RDRAM.  Go with the fastest DDR
> available.  DDR400, I think.
> With IDE RAID and the RPM's higher end IDE HD's are now at, SCSI
> may be just
> an added complication to the system.  I would re-think a SCSI decision if
> that decision is based on speed and/or RAID.
> I bought my power supply from PC Power and Cooling
> www.pcpowerandcooling.com
> Never had any problems even when the power flickered, reset the cable box
> and turned off the TV.  I did not have a UPS at home and I know that was
> just plain stupid, but my monitor never even flickered and I kept on
> working.  I have had one person tell me afterwards that PC Power
> and Cooling
> is just a reseller.  I have not verified this.
>
> I am excited for you...
> I got my first big board near the end of last year.  An 18-layer
> OC192 card
> with the major components being 22 BGA's from 676 pins to 272
> pins, 12 QFP's
> from 100 to 32 pins, and a large multiple power supply section.
> It had diff
> pairs, matched lengths, clock lines and controlled impedances.  The entire
> board was hand routed on my then new machine here at home, and a 420
> Precision Dell that I was upgraded to at my work.  The beautiful part was
> the majority of the board was in four mostly repeatable sections.
>  This 24"
> x 8" card is still the most enjoyable project I have encountered to date.
>
> My employer and I have had mostly good experiences with Dell support.  The
> bad experiences were only when we tried to use e-mail correspondence to
> solve an issue.
>
> Good luck to you.
>
> Cheers!
> Drew
>
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Brian Guralnick" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> To: "Protel EDA Forum" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> Sent: Saturday, July 20, 2002 3:35 PM
> Subject: [PEDA] Fastest possible Protel system, price is not a concern.
>
>
> > Hi Everyone,
> >
> >     I just got my first mega-huge contract for PCB design with
> Protel. We
> are talking 8 x 1020 FBGAs + 4 x 1024 bit DDR sdram
> > sections + a whole lot of other stuff.
> >
> >     Price of system is not a concern.  I have no problem in choosing OS,
> video card, monitors, HDs...  It's the choice of
> > motherboard & memory bus speed.
> >
> >     My target system is Dual P4, 2 GByte ram, Seagate Cheetah SCSI3
> drives.
> >
> > What is the current top RDR memory technology?
> > What is the current top motherboard chipset, & motherboard
> brand for such
> a system?
> > What is the best choice for a PC power supply?  (For such a system, the
> run of the mil 350 watt just isn't good enough, especially
> > when you consider the price of the whole thin, I'd rather got with the
> Cadillac of power supplies.)
> >
> > Thanks,
> > ____________
> > Brian Guralnick
> > [EMAIL PROTECTED]
> > Voice (514) 624-4003
> > Fax (514) 624-3631
> >
> >
> >
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