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

M.Blackmore mblackmore at oxlug.org
Wed Jul 5 17:45:46 UTC 2006

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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economic truth. Capitalism may collapse because it does not allow the
market to tell the ecological truth."

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