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My primary PC CPU is a

by jcwren (Prior)
on Mar 31, 2002 at 15:55 UTC ( [id://155612]=poll: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Vote on this poll

AMD <500Mhz
[bar] 68/5%
AMD >=500Mhz, <1Ghz
[bar] 188/13%
AMD >=1Ghz
[bar] 324/23%
Intel <500Mhz
[bar] 184/13%
Intel >=500Mhz, <1Ghz
[bar] 269/19%
Intel >=1Ghz
[bar] 156/11%
Other x86 <500Mhz
[bar] 10/1%
Other x86 >=500Mhz
[bar] 8/1%
PPC <400Mhz
[bar] 28/2%
PPC >=400Mhz
[bar] 74/5%
[bar] 29/2%
[bar] 9/1%
[bar] 6/0%
Other <500Mhz
[bar] 9/1%
Other >=500Mhz
[bar] 4/0%
Overclocked CowboyNeal
[bar] 31/2%
1397 total votes
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Re: My primary PC CPU is a
by cjf (Parson) on Mar 31, 2002 at 16:09 UTC

    AMD all the way. When it comes to a basic desktop what other choice is there? Intel you say? their chips are consistantly beaten by lower-priced AMD chips in benchmarks (not to mention Intel does some pretty stupid stuff).

    Update: Oh yeah, as for my home computers I have a 1.2Ghz thunderbird and a 800mhz duron (hoping to get an XP sometime soon :)

(jeffa) Re: My primary PC CPU is a
by jeffa (Bishop) on Mar 31, 2002 at 16:24 UTC
    Intel dual 400.

    I know I know ... but for only $800US (including the 21" monitor) it is hard not to take candy from the hand of the devil.

    Besides, my other computer is a Yamaha!!


    (the triplet paradiddle with high-hat)
Re: My primary PC CPU is a
by hsmyers (Canon) on Mar 31, 2002 at 16:39 UTC
    For those of you who are into such things, I've always felt that the relationship between Intel and AMD is best described by the relationship between the Intel 8087 and the AMD 9511/9512! Compare the instruction sets sometime (not to mention the date you could actually get your hands on one) and then ask yourself why everyone thinks that Intel invented the (micro anyway) math co-processor?


    "Never try to teach a pig to sing…it wastes your time and it annoys the pig."
Re: My primary PC CPU is a
by shadox (Priest) on Mar 31, 2002 at 17:14 UTC
    Mine is a 1Ghz Intel, but i would like a SunBlade 100 or even better an Imac or with more hope ($) a PowerBook Titanium will be great. :)
    Failure is not an option - it is a privilege reserved for
    those who do not try hard enough.

      I have a SunBlade 100 at work (Solaris) and a 1.4 Ghz Athlon (Linux) at home. Both have .5 GB or RAM or better. The SunBlade is nice, rock-solid hardware, but I would not trade the speed of my Athlon for anything. In fact I spend about half my development time at work SSH'ed into my home box because it runs so much faster. I copy the code over, develop at home and copy it back. Plus that way I can links into whilst I work. ;)


        I copy the code over, develop at home and copy it back

        Do you literally copy the code? Is your code not in some sort of network-available CVS project? CVS is the only way to go on that sort of situation.

        You'll love it. Trust me.

        <megaphone> Throw down the gun and tiara and come out of the float! </megaphone>

        I use a SunBlade 100 too and I actually think the thing is slower than my AMD K62-350 at home. In fact, I honestly feel that the x86 machines I have worked on (comparable clock speeds) actually handle resource loads better than the Sun boxen do. I upgraded recently from an ultra5 (man I loved that machine) to this sun blade (sunpci 2) and while I still enjoy this beast, I sometimes wish I had an x86 box here running some flavor of BSD. What I hate most is Solaris 8....or Solaris in general. I hate proprietary junk. The one good thing about the Sun boxes is the diags you can do on the machines from the eprom. Did I mention that I am not fond of Solaris? Oh yeah, I did.

        Now of course, when it comes down to hard core servers a machine that can have 32 procs and 20 gig of ram is tough to be beat by an x86 machine so, those types of machines are not what I am talking about; strictly client boxen.

        _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
        - Jim
        Insert clever comment here...

Re: My primary PC CPU is a
by dws (Chancellor) on Mar 31, 2002 at 17:26 UTC
    Jeez. Even overclocked my computer is < 500Mhz. Time to look for a tailwind.
Re: My primary PC CPU is a
by NAstyed (Chaplain) on Mar 31, 2002 at 19:24 UTC
    I always prefer AMD, low cost, good quality, no bugs.
    A true happy client!
Re: My primary PC CPU is a
by Juerd (Abbot) on Mar 31, 2002 at 17:51 UTC

    AMD for me... A Thunderbird 900 MHz in this box (ouranos).

    Backed up by 1152 MB SDRAM, I can watch 2 mpeg movies simultaneously, listen to four mp3's at a time and run vmware with Windows in it (idle, though) and still be able to use an xterm without lag ;)


      Wow, you can listen to four mp3's at once? Have you overclocked your ears? :)

        Wow, you can listen to four mp3's at once? Have you overclocked your ears? :)

        It can actually be quite good to listen at four tracks at the same time. With some practice, you can focus on a single one, or all four simultaneously.

        Besides, after listening to four mp3's, a single mp3 without all the background noise sounds even better :)


Re: My primary PC CPU is a
by Chmrr (Vicar) on Mar 31, 2002 at 18:32 UTC

    Grump -- there's no option for those of us that believe that two is better than one. My main machine these days is still a dual Celeron 533 on the infamous BP6 motherboard.

    perl -pe '"I lo*`+$^X$\"$]!$/"=~m%(.*)%s;$_=$1;y^`+*^e v^#$&V"+@( NO CARRIER'

      There are several mobos that support dual athlons on the market today. Tyan was the first to offer one I believe, but it was quite expensive (<$400 IIRC) and aimed at the server market. Now with the advent of the 760MPX chipset by AMD more desktop mobos are becoming available.

      Here's a link to the tyan board, and here's a recent roundup of mobos using the 760MPX chipset done by the guys over at
Re: My primary PC CPU is a
by theorbtwo (Prior) on Mar 31, 2002 at 20:34 UTC

    My primary PC CPU is... broken, you insensitive jerk!

    I voted based on it anyway: An AMD Athlon 750MHz.

    We are using here a powerful strategy of synthesis: wishful thinking. -- The Wizard Book

      Mine is the same as theorbtwo's, Athlon 750mhz and broken. However, I voted based on what I was running. That which is working is an AMD K6-2 350 and a hard drive with Linux (M$ == crap).)
Re: My primary PC CPU is a
by zakzebrowski (Curate) on Mar 31, 2002 at 16:38 UTC
    If I only had more money...

Re: My primary PC CPU is a
by PotPieMan (Hermit) on Mar 31, 2002 at 21:16 UTC
    My primary computer is a home-built AMD Athlon XP 2000+ on a EPoX 8-KHA+. I was very lucky - I won the Athlon from the AMD Extreme Performance Project the day it was released, so I didn't have to pay retail for it. :-)


Re: My primary PC CPU is a
by SageMusings (Beadle) on Mar 31, 2002 at 21:34 UTC
    Enlightened Bodhisatvas,

    I used to use a PIII 450Mhz desktop. Served me well. Recently, in an effort to study away from the house and kids, I purchased a laptop with an AMD Athlon 1.2Ghz. The difference in speed is breath taking. Now, I use the desktop predominantly for gaming because of its 19" screen. For anything else, I prefer the laptop.

    At work it is a different story. I am in the Marine Corps and code on an old PII 400 with a 17" screen. Yes, it is adequate, but I am definitley flying coach!!!

    How does industry treat you real programmers? Do you get sweeter systems?
      Well, I admit, my employer treats us pretty well. I am treated a bit better than some of the others because of the other extra-curricular things I do. Here is what I have on my desk right now:

      1: Sun Blade 100 running @ 450 mHz with 128 Mb (use to be 256 but they took 128 away from me! Whats that all about?!

      2: My Sun Blade 100 has a SunPCI 2 card in it. This is basicly an AMD motherboard running everything except its own hdd. Technically, this is a PC inside my Sun Blade. I am running Win 2K on it. Its a 700 mHz CPU with 196 Mb of RAM.

      3: Intel Pentium III 700 with 256 Mb.


      *I am running a 7 drive cdrom scsi array off my Sun Blade that automounts and auto shares when a CD is placed in the drive. People use this to install software onto servers that we don't have physical access to. (the main data center is about 20 minutes away from here).

      *I have an 8mm dat and an HP cdrom 9600 series CDRW daisy chained together for backups. Ok, the part that sucks about this is that cdrecord doesn't have drivers bundled for the cdrw. So, it kind of can't write atm. :)

      I know it wasn't asked for but I am curious to know what others have, too. At home, I have computers coming out of my ears!
      1: My main machine is an AMD K6-2 350 with 256 Mb running FreeBSD 4.5.

      2: Next down is a Pentium 233 MMX with 64Mb running Linux

      3: A Pentium Celeron 700 with 128 Mb running FreeBSD.

      4: A Pentium Celeron 700 with 256 Mb running FreeBSD.

      and finally
      5: A Pentium III 600 laptop with 128Mb dual-bootable to Win2k Pro SP1 and FreeBSD 4.4.

      Thats my line up. I prefer the AMD chips. I just happened to get great prices on machines that were Intel only on the main boards so, I was stuck with getting Intel shtuff. I prefer AMD over Intel though...I really do! :)

      _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
      - Jim
      Insert clever comment here...

      Now, I use the desktop predominantly for gaming because of its 19" screen. For anything else, I prefer the laptop.

      Most laptops have VGA output. If the back of your desktop is hard to reach, try using a switch.


      How does industry treat you real programmers? Do you get sweeter systems?

      Yes and no... I have a great server that I can log into for development, but we're getting shafted as far as workstations go.... My only *real* complaint is that I cannot throw gnome onto a sunray (you can if you have your own box, a la a sunblade 2000), as the sunray has no physical drive,and I cannot control the interface :(

      Not too many complaints though... The job rocks... :)

      Tempora Mutantur Nos et Mutamur in Illis
      "The Times are Changed Even as We are Changed in Them"
        There is gnome available for sunray, it's just the default that is KDE, but you can change it.

      Where I used to work, we got top of the line boxes (600 MHz was top of the line at the time) with top of the line video cards (nVidia GeForce was top of the line at the time) and bee-yoo-tee-ful 21" monitors.

      Sweet stuff. It was in part because the VP of Technology recognized the productivity gains from having highly-trained employees working on good equipment and in part because the VP of Technology was alpha dev in late-night Quake sessions ;-)

      Now I'm a finishing my graduate degree and the computers available to students are so abysmally outdated that I had to buy my own workstation to keep my sanity intact.

Re: My primary PC CPU is a
by mirod (Canon) on Apr 01, 2002 at 07:01 UTC

    Actually a Dual-Athlon MP 1800.

    BTW Linux was ridiculously easy to install. The store did not know how to do it, so I went there on the day Mandrake 8.2 was released and 30 mn later (10 of which spent going through the list of packages choosing what to install) voila! System working perfectly, network configured, firewall up, ready to use. The guy who installs Windows was thouroughly disgusted!

    There is nothing better than looking at top and watching the 2 CPU's being used... at 0.1% each ;--)

Re: My primary PC CPU is a
by BazB (Priest) on Mar 31, 2002 at 19:50 UTC

    ...Pentium II 400. But I have two of them. SMP++

    My machine is getting on a bit now, but it still cuts the mustard for most tasks.

    I paid peanuts for the two processors (cheaper than a single 600Mhz at the time) and I think it's a great way of getting some extra poke - rather than springing for the cutting edge processors and their similarly cutting price tag.

    Most of my time at work is spent connected to a 16-way Sun machine - proper hardware :)

(ichi) Re: My primary PC CPU is a
by ichimunki (Priest) on Apr 01, 2002 at 22:28 UTC
    Well, to steal the phrase, my primary computer is a network. ;)

    It's not exactly SMP, but there's no way I could do the computing I do without my 233mhz PPC, 133mhz Pentium, 200mhz Pentium, and 486 machines. Throw in the processor on my Visor and maybe my laptop, if you're being generous.
Re: My primary PC CPU is a
by Anonymous Monk on Mar 31, 2002 at 20:04 UTC
    I'm with Celeron 1GHz@1.33GHz, but want ppl to buy AMD even I don't buy it...:") There should be no monopoly in the market....
Re: My primary PC CPU is a
by Veachian64 (Scribe) on Apr 01, 2002 at 01:25 UTC
    I currently have an Athlon 1GHz, but I've started building a system that's gonna sport an XP 1900+. I've got most of the specs for the new system listed here.
Re: My primary PC CPU is a
by tekniko (Deacon) on Apr 02, 2002 at 22:16 UTC
    Um...Silicon Graphics (before the trendy SGI) Indigo2 IMPACT 10000 (R4400 CPU).
Re: My primary PC CPU is a
by Molt (Chaplain) on Apr 02, 2002 at 15:46 UTC
    Athlon 1800+ XP, with 1Gb DDR memory, a 40Gb and a 30Gb IDE HDD, and a dodgy power supply which needs replacing. Dang. I hate underclocking.
Re: My primary PC CPU is a
by jynx (Priest) on Apr 02, 2002 at 22:09 UTC

    My primary CPU is a PPC G4 at 733MHz with 392MB of ram running OS X. It's my home machine :)

    My work machine is an Intel at 200MHz with 64MB of ram running redhat 7.2.

    Both meager machines, but emacs, vi, ssh, and Perl don't need major graphics or processor power1...


    1Well, okay, whenever i accidentally code an infinite loop Perl sucks up a lot of cycles, but it doesn't mater how much CPU i have when that happens :-(

Re: My primary PC CPU is a
by Anonymous Monk on Apr 03, 2002 at 10:50 UTC
Re: My primary PC CPU is a
by Lord Wrath (Friar) on Apr 01, 2002 at 15:00 UTC
    I am 3 parts away from the launch of my new system. I previously had an AMD Athlon 550 Slot A machine. It ran very well. It had a few problems with the Biostar motherboard's AGP slot being bad, but otherwise ran like a champ. The machine I am currently constructing is an AMD Athlon XP 2000+ cooled by the Thermaltake Volcano 7 (soon to be an Innovatek H2O system) with 512MB of PC2100 DDR RAM, Soyo DRAGON+ MoBo, Western Digital Caviar 120GB w/ 8 MB cache, Enermax 465 switching power supply with adjustable rear fan speed, Lian Li PC-68 case, Winfast GeForce 2 32MB video card and a Diamond MX300 Monster Sound card. I'm using the rounded IDE and floppy cables and a non-metallic CPU shim with Arctic Silver 3 compound. This is the nicest machine I have ever built. I hope it doesn't let me down.

    Lord Wrath
    -the unsane red mage
Re: My primary PC CPU is a
by ellem (Hermit) on Apr 04, 2002 at 19:58 UTC
    7.14 Hz of Amiga 500a power bay bee!
    There's more than one way to do it, but only some of them actually work.
Re: My primary PC CPU is a
by Chainsaw (Friar) on Apr 01, 2002 at 15:51 UTC
    I have a Intel 1Ghz computer (standars from the company) but I prefer a AMD for homeworks.

    God help me always to see the other face of the coin. And prevent me from accusing of betrayal those who don't think just as I do.
Re: My primary PC CPU is a
by yung_tw (Pilgrim) on Apr 01, 2002 at 18:07 UTC
    mine is intel >=500 but I guess if I actually had money I would get myself a SPARC :)
Re: My primary PC CPU is a
by newrisedesigns (Curate) on Apr 05, 2002 at 17:35 UTC

    the only thing dragging me down is the os...
    400MHz AMD K6-2
    Three hard drives, DVD, CD-R, ATI Rage Video (so i can copy movies) and...

    Windows 98.
    First Edition... groan.

    I need to upgrade.

    John J Reiser
Re: My primary PC CPU is a
by mbadolato (Hermit) on Apr 09, 2002 at 05:40 UTC
    My current main pc is an Athlon 1.2 with 768M ram and a 40G drive. What I'm currently building:

  • Enlight 8950 server case (have)
  • Tyan Thunder K7 dual Athlon board (have)
  • Dual Athlon MP 2000+ procs (about to buy)
  • 3G DDR (on order)
  • 36G 15,000 rmp segate cheetah (buying soon)
  • ATI Radeon 7500 (have)

    That's gonna make a cute system. What will be even cooler is if I decide to do two more very similar to it ;)

      Did you ever get this setup working?? I recently purchased the 8950 with Thunder K7 and I cannot get the dang thing to power up??
Re: My primary PC CPU is a
by dani++ (Sexton) on Apr 09, 2002 at 12:17 UTC
    As my personal box I primarily use a 450 G4-PPC Cube running MacOSX.

    Solaris (450 + 2 netra's) and Linux (RedHat and Cobalt) for my deployment machines. =)

Re: My primary PC CPU is a
by func (Acolyte) on Apr 12, 2002 at 00:42 UTC

    As if anyone cared:

    My primary PC CPU is an AMD athlon 1GHz with 589MB PC100/PC133 RAM. (Yes, I'm using mixed RAM and no, my computer hasn't exploded. :)

Re: My primary PC CPU is a
by mndoci (Scribe) on Apr 12, 2002 at 18:55 UTC

    Home: PII/400 MHz dual-booted with win98SE and Mandrake 8.1
    Work(a): PIII 966 MHz laptop for M$office nonsense
    Work(b): PIII 1.2 GHz running Linux for real work


    "What you do in this world is a matter of no consequence. The question is, what can you make people believe that you have done?"-Sherlock Holmes in 'A study in scarlet'

Re: My primary PC CPU is a
by davis (Vicar) on Apr 05, 2002 at 09:50 UTC
    Ok, I'll bite on this one :)
    Main machine at work: HP9000/C360 with 1.25GB ram +3x4.5 Disks. Goes like a rocket.
    Home machine: Dual Pentium Pro 200 + 192 MB ram. Old, but it does everything I want it to, plus it's SMP.

    Is this going out live?
    No, Homer, very few cartoons are broadcast live - it's a terrible strain on the animator's wrist
      I've had my 566Mhz Intel for almost two years now, and it runs alright but I am looking to upgrade. Not quite as fast as many of the others, but it still gets the job done.

      Intel 566Mhz, 350 meg (ish), soon to be 64 meg video card, and that's all

      work it harder make it better do it faster makes us stronger more than ever hour after our work is never over.
Re: My primary PC CPU is a
by brianarn (Chaplain) on Apr 01, 2002 at 19:39 UTC
    I have two systems I consider primary - my wife's desktop and my laptop. Sadly, my laptop is the faster processor.

    Desktop: P3 450, 128MB RAM, 16MB Diamond Viper somethinorother video
    Laptop: Celeron 600, 192MB RAM, 4MB ATI Rage mobile video

    My stepdad just bought an XP1600, and if he ever gets his butt in gear and puts it in his machine, he'll give me his Athlon 1GHz - all he does now is sit and play MS Flight Sim 2K2 :P

    If you'd like to donate to the "Help Brian get a better PC fund," I accept PayPal. ;)

by dmitri (Priest) on Apr 03, 2002 at 00:03 UTC
    What is with the CowboyNeal option? Isn't that a little (and maybe not very little) lame?? Are we Perl Monks or Slash Monks?

    BTW, I have a dual Celeron 300 clocked to 550. Works like a charm.

      If you look, there are affiliations amongst the e2 and slash code crowd.

      It's also just a geeky thing, eh? I've seen it elsewhere (kuro5shin and use.perl I believe)

      perl -pe "s/\b;([st])/'\1/mg"

Re: My primary PC CPU is a
by IndyZ (Friar) on Apr 04, 2002 at 19:12 UTC
    1.2Ghz Athlon in my desktop, 200Mhz Winchip (Pentium w/ MMX clone) in my I-Opener, and a Celeron 300A overclocked to 450 in my old desktop, now my parents main computer.

Re: My primary PC CPU is a
by htoug (Deacon) on Apr 05, 2002 at 07:36 UTC
    The main machine for my personal use is a 2 x 750 MHz Ev67 Alpha with 4Gb of RAM and far too many disks. It is 17 km away from me in a locked basement.

    Ohh... you mean the one on my desktop?
    It's grey and hums - theres a "Perl inside" sticker on it, it's an X-server and (unfortunately) outlook mail-machine, I don't even hear MP3's on it so I don't have the faintest clue about the soundcard, videocard or whatever - it's so much nicer to have a real machine to work on.

Re: My primary PC CPU is a
by George_Sherston (Vicar) on Apr 09, 2002 at 13:48 UTC
    Frighteningly enough, my processor is a 233 Mhz Pentium II - BUT I have a cable modem and I'm not afraid to use it, so any heavy duty processing is done by whatever humongous processor is behind my virtual server, in a basement somewhere in North West England. Remember fat servers / thin clients? That's me.

    George Sherston
Re: My primary PC CPU is a
by Anonymous Monk on Apr 03, 2002 at 02:19 UTC
    Intel Pentium MMX 166MHz. It's an incredibly old Gateway box (>4 years!), but it does what I need it to do. Although I'd most certainly physically assault anyone who shoved his or her greater speed in my face...;)
Re: My primary PC CPU is a
by premchai21 (Curate) on Apr 04, 2002 at 19:08 UTC

    I'm running a Pentium III at 500 MHz, with 128 MB of RAM, 20 GB hard drive, 56k modem, and a mixed-versioned Debian GNU/Linux as the OS.

    (Update: Fixed some of the specs.)

Re: My primary PC CPU is a
by tlhf (Scribe) on Apr 08, 2002 at 03:33 UTC
    My primary CPU is a...

    Cyrix '300' running at ~218mhz. With 128mb ram. But I don't mind, it's still seems easily fast enough as a Windows 2000 development box as long as I keep the memory usage below 150mb. Maybe one day I won't be a student.
Re: My primary PC CPU is a
by ok (Scribe) on Apr 02, 2002 at 04:24 UTC
    1.0 GHZ AMD oc'd 1.1ghz
    .5 gig RAM
    ATI Radeon 8500 (duel monitors baby)

    Duel Boot SuSe/WinXP

    Just wish SuSe supported the duel monitors or I knew how to use em better, it's really nice for programming.

      Duel boot? Duel monitors? I'm imagining something like a shoot-out between different disk images, or the monitors?


      e-mail jcwren

        Given the operating systems in question, that may be more probable than you think... :-)

Re: My primary PC CPU is a
by mt2k (Hermit) on Apr 02, 2002 at 06:10 UTC
    HP Pavillion (510n model) Celeron@1.2GHz I know, the name Intel Celeron scares me too.
    I wish I could afford an Athlon, but that is out of bounds for the moment!
Old school lives!
by spacewarp (Pilgrim) on Apr 10, 2002 at 19:50 UTC
    While my primary is a Celeron 300, my favorite is still my Commodore VIC-20!
    I don't need more than 32k of RAM!!! 8)


    Use of this advanced computing technology does not imply an endorsement
    of Western industrial civilization.
Re: My primary PC CPU is a
by Anonymous Monk on Apr 01, 2002 at 17:56 UTC
    I use a pentium 75mhz w/ 40 megs of RAM for my web server/ email server / firewall / router. Truly amazing that so much can be run on so little hardware! ( Standard RH 7.2 ) nathan at natejokedotdhsdotorg

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