OT:Suggestions for low power small size builds?
stan10x10 at gmail.com
Thu Dec 2 02:56:55 UTC 2010
On Wed, Dec 1, 2010 at 10:01 AM, Mark Greenwood
<captain_bodge at yahoo.co.uk>wrote:
> On Wednesday 01 Dec 2010 16:05:11 Brian Wootton wrote:
> > On 01/12/10 04:10, kubuntu-users-request at lists.ubuntu.com wrote:
> > > I put together a Atom 510/Mini FoxConn box for the wife and we both
> love the
> > > small footprint, low power consumption and*quietness*
> > >
> > > I want something like that for me only gruntier for doing those long
> KDE trunk
> > > builds ... Maybe this isn't possible ...
> From my (albeit limited) experience, the hard disk speed has as much of a
> bearing on the time taken to do large software builds as the CPU speed does.
> Yes, an Atom would probably be slow, but an Atom with a decent SATA disk
> attached (ie not a laptop drive) would probably do quite well. My 2Ghz Core
> II Duo desktop with a really fast SATA drive builds things noticeably faster
> than my 2.2GHz Core i5 laptop (4 cores as opposed to 2) with its slower
> speed laptop SATA drive.
> > >
> > > Currently I have a AMD Dual Core 4200+ with 2GB Ram and it feels
> > > a Atom isn't going to cut it.
> > >
> > > Getting lost in all the various CPU/Mobo combos one can do, I like the
> look of
> > > the Athlon II X2 235E - only 45W but all the Micro/Mini AM3 Mobo's seem
> to use
> > > ATI chipsets and I'd really prefer NVidia.
> > >
> > > Any suggestions? Maybe I could get the Athlon II and AM3 Mobo and add
> > > Nvidia Video Card
> > >
> > Have a look at Asus, I know they do motherboards with 'on-board' nVidia
> > graphics chipsets, I know they do a potent laptop with a long battery
> > life. My DIY Asus ma otherboard is a 64bit AMD with on-board graphics/
> > audio/ethernet by NVIDIA but what Asus do in the low power area I
> > haven't looked at. Look at < http://usa.asus.com/>
> > brian
> Solid state drives on sata 2 boards can do very fast and quiet reads
> (writes are another matter) but you have to balance that with a cpu that can
> benefit from it, I bought a 300 gig western digital 10000 rpm disk to go
> with a 3 gig Intel quade core and did not see a significant increase in
> performance over a standard WD 500 gig 7200, If compared to a 5400 laptop
> hd the story would be different,
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