> > keep up with the alphabet soup of RAM types, montherboards,
> > front-side buses and back-side buses, cache sizes, speeds,
> > on-chip/off-chip, yadda, yadda, yadda, and don't really feel
> > confident enough to put together my own box.
>> It's easy, and given your VAX hardware experience, I'm sure it would be no
> bother but . . .
Oh, I'm not afraid of the actual work of putting it together.
That's no problem. What worries me is "well, this particular
chipset, with this particular BIOS and that particular RAM
just don't get on..." With the higher clock speeds, _everything_
gets harder to match correctly. That's why I'd like to buy a
machine from someone who can say "Well, I've sold 10 of those
motherboards with that RAM and that CPU, and that hard disk,
and it all works fine" (and has a reputation for not being
flexible with the truth!).
> You should get a 750MHz Athlon as specced for well within your
> budget - you
> could go faster, but I don't think the extra performance is worth
> the extra
So, dual 500MHz Celeron vs 750MHz Athlon... Which will compile
faster? My gut feeling says the SMP box, but I could be wrong.
Please enlighten me.
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