[Gllug] Dual core 32 bit ... or should I go 64bit?

Toohey Shroff tooheyshroff at gmail.com
Thu Jul 6 10:01:01 UTC 2006

On 05/07/06, M.Blackmore <mblackmore at oxlug.org> wrote:
> I'm eyeing a dual core Dell 6400 with an ATI X1300 add on vid card and
> 1gb ram, with 100gb disk, for 700 squid (I've been beating them around
> the head trying to ditch the MS software) and trying for more off.

you can save some money by going for the built in graphics adapter.
i've got the same laptop and bought built in graphics adapter simply
cause i dont do games or high end graphics. and built in graphics is
more than enough.

> Before I spend my dosh on this (or seek an alternative) should I save my
> dosh and go a bit higher upmarket for a 64 bit pooter?

no. the application you're thinking of running run well (or better /
more stable) on 32 bit. so at this point it makes sense to go for 32
bit. it surely will not be obsolete any time soon.

> Do I really gain anything from this further expenditure? Or will 32 bit
> dual core at 1.6ghz keep me going for a few years with forseeable
> software, preferably linux.

this should be sufficient for the purposes you plan for few years.
remember 1.6 ghz core duo is much faster than 1.6 ghz pentium m.

> Tho I do wonder if I shouldn't just go seriously downmarket and get a
> refurb 1.4ghz refurb laptop for 300 squid and wait for pokier stuff to
> come along at lower prices than currently, but not sure it will run the
> GIS maps I am trying to use.

does not make sense (to me). its more a question of new / vs refurb
(guarantee, reliability, etc, etc). any laptop you buy now (or later)
will be obsolete in a few months. so this argument always applies. its
more a question of when you want to buy.

> I'm not using games (they make me get vertigo with the swirling and
> whirling having a balance problem) and don't do CAD.
> Some picture editing and possibly home video editing would be nice as my
> daughter is getting into video plays etc.
> Will it have the poke at 1.6ghz 32 bit dual core to be useable for that
> sort of purpose.

the 1 gb ram you in the spec will really help.

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