[kwlug-disc] new hardward for linux - recommendations?

Insurance Squared Inc. gcooke at insurancesquared.com
Wed Sep 29 11:16:42 EDT 2010


Huh.  So maybe I'd be better off keeping her existing machine, and just 
switching to an SSD hard drive?  Seems cheaper and probably easier?  The 
machine already has 3 gigs of ram.


On 29/09/10 10:46 AM, Darcy Casselman wrote:
> On Wed, Sep 29, 2010 at 7:58 AM, Insurance Squared Inc.
> <gcooke at insurancesquared.com>  wrote:
>    
>> We need:
>> 1) powerful processor.  I want to run a 64 bit version of linux on it though
>> of course we don't need much power for that.  But she also runs virtualbox
>> with XP inside it and that does need some horsepower.
>>      
> Any desktop processor is going to be 64 bit these days.  And processor
> isn't your biggest concern for virtualization, honestly.  Although
> make sure you get a processor with virtualization support.
>
> RAM is the biggest concern for running virtual box.  2GB minumum (1GB
> for WinXP, 1GB for Linux).  More is better, as always.
>
> The other big performance factor for virtual machines is harddrive.
> The difference in performance between a disk image file on a spinning
> disk and a disk image file on a SSD is staggering.  If you're going to
> splurge on anything, get a fast SSD.  It's worth it.
>
>    
>> 2) quiet.  The box sits on her desk in our home so quiet is better.
>>      
> Beware chipset fans!  Also VGA fans.  Tiny fans in general are bad
> news.  You're probably looking at something less than top of the line
> power-wise if you want quiet, unless you feel up for putting together
> a liquid cooling rig.  Try to get something with as few fans as
> possible.  And if there are fans, make sure they're big.
>
> Darcy.
>
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