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Date:      Fri, 20 Apr 2012 17:19:44 +0200
From:      Christian Baer <christian.baer@uni-dortmund.de>
To:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   recommendation(s) for new computer
Message-ID:  <4F917E90.9000205@uni-dortmund.de>

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Mellow greetings, y'all! :-)

After several years, I think it's about time for a new computer, since
my current one is slowly aging to a meltdown. Well, that and I currently
have the dough for a new one. So before I spend it uselessly on women,
I'll see to it that I get my new machine ASAP. ;-)

Usage:
I want to select the components to make them FreeBSD-friendly. Just
about anything will run under Windows, so I won't make a fuss there.
Windows will run on this machine (too), because from time to time I do
enjoy a little gaming. I am not a hardcore-gamer though. About 80% of my
time at the computer is spent "in non-gaming-mode". And I certainly will
not spend extra money to play Crisis in full detail beyond 1080p. I do a
lot of writing, reading, some programming, lots of photo-work and watch
a movie from time to time. Nearly all of these 80% will bei done running
FreeBSD (or PCBSD).

Most of these components aren't all that thrilling (because they will
run with just about anything), but you are welcome to comment on them if
you think I could/should rethink an aspect. Remember that I live in
Germany and my choice fell on things that I can easily get on the German
market. I took a look at the costs and the prices that Intel wants for
their CPUs and mainboards just blew my socks off! Therefore, I decided
that this will be an AMD-computer (again).

- Asus Sabertooth 990FX
- AMD FX-8150
- Corsair Vengeance 16GB Kit
[Note: This combination is known to work because a friend has exactly
those components.]
- Enermax Platimax 600W
- LG CH10LS28

I'll leave the case and the fans out of this discussion. :-) And SSD
(probably 256GB) is planned too. I just don't know which one yet.

You might have noticed that there is no graphics board. That is the
actually problem I am having: Should I go with AMD or nVidia? I remember
a while back that I had trouble getting an AMD graphics board to work
properly under X. The board was too old for the official driver from AMD
and the open source driver gave me the feeling that I was back at my old
80386.

I doubt that I will be doing any gaming under FreeBSD (although I once
did get Warcraft 3 to run using Wine). However, I do want to be able to
use 3D effects on the desktop. What I am asking basicly is, what vendor
has better support? As an indication, should I buy an AMD-board, it will
be something like a 7950 or 7970.

Thanks for your time, thoughts and suggestions!

Cheers!
Chris



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