Finally 64 bits! (at least the hardware)
I’ve finally got my first 64 bits system!
After a motherboard crash, I had to decide if I was going to install a regular socket 754 based system and save some money, or spend a little more a go all trough socket 939. But the fact is that I was definetely sure that I wanted a 64 bits system (and, of course, the computer stores near me none had any 32 bits mobo/proc anymore 😉 ).
Now I’ve got an ECS RS482-M. I know it’s not the best, and I don’t like ATI graphics chips, but it’s a cheap socket 939 mobo, and it delivers me everything I need (PCI-Express, DDR400 dual channel, SATA, etc). Speaking about PCI-Express, I didn’t buy a graphics card yet, I’ll still stick with the on-board ATI X200 (terrible chip btw, my old FX5200 was much better), but I’m still deciding which NVIDIA card I’m going to buy.
I also got an Athlon64 3000+. It’s a very fast processor, and just my first one on the 939 road (I know, M2 is out, but it’s still expensive). Also, for a better performance, I’ve got two 512MB Samsung DDR 400MHz, that will use the full power of the dual-channel architecture (and yes, DDR2 is also too expensive).
Unfortunately I don’t have much time to play with it now. I’ll be on a business trip for the next two weeks, so I’ll be delaying the fun. Here’s my TODO list: reinstall the system with a 64bits SUSE 10.1, make 3D work on the ATI on-board card, and/or buy a PCI-Express NVIDIA.
BTW, Linux rocks! (of course) I didn’t had to reinstall anything for this motherboard change (the older had a VIA chipset, the new is ATI-based). The only thing I had to do was booting into rescue mode and rebuild the initrd so it would load sata_sil instead of sata_via. Cool as always!