P4 and dual monitors

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by stokhack, Jan 27, 2003.

  1. gnome


    That's true, but back then there wasn't such an easy way to see how much of the total memory was being used. Besides if you really don't need it now, you can always add it later... perhaps at a lower cost even...

    Best 1st Shot on the memory, I'd say, is 1 stick of 512. That's probably enough for now and leaves open another slot (in 2 slotters) for another 512. On a 4 slotter, could you start with 1 X 256, or would you have to do those in pairs??. :D
    #11     Jan 27, 2003
  2. Okay, I agree. I tend to buy as much memory as I can afford since I use Microsoft Development tools and databases, which tend to be memory hogs. I have to remember that the general population will not be running such things.
    #12     Jan 27, 2003
  3. As a tech, I'd recommend one 512 stick with an eye towards cheaper expansions in the future. This will be plenty to cover your needs now. Time should only make your upgrade cheaper. The only thing you want to make sure of is that your motherboard will allow massive upgrading of the RAM.

    Try to make sure you can at least go to the 1.0gig level. Personally, I'd look to at least 1.5gig. There are boards out there that allow more also so make sure that your case can accomodate, for the future. :)
    #13     Jan 27, 2003
  4. stokhack


    Hey all, thanx for all the input.
    So in summary better to go with Xeon 2.0 processor with 512MB
    RAM, other is Xeon 2.4 processor with 256MB RAm for same price;
    Windows 2000 for OS instead of Windows XP;
    two ATI Radeon VE cards for future expansion to four monitors;
    comes with 40GIG harddrive, and CD 48X RW, no sound or monitors for $1365...
    Seems like an ok deal to me, and get free shipping if I order by tomorrow. Gotta be better than my IBM Athlon 600 with 98 SE.
    Any further tweaks before I send it in?
    #14     Jan 27, 2003
  5. stokhack


    Still considering adding the extra RAM,

    1GB,DDR266 SDRAM Memory,ECC (2 DIMMS) [add $291.00]
    1GB,DDR266 SDRAM Memory,ECC (4 DIMMS) [add $240.00]

    Whats the difference?? is one using 512 sticks and the other 256 sticks, does that effect performance?
    #15     Jan 27, 2003
  6. you can get a new Matrox G200 video card w/cables on ebay for about $150-$200 (list is $700) which is a quad board (four monitors)! And just one PCI slot taken.
    #16     Jan 27, 2003
  7. gnome


    No, No, NO.... I think.
    I've was told by ATI Tech that that 2 ATI VE cards (for 4 monitors) will not work. That was a year ago. Maybe it's changed, but you should verify first.

    Processor speed is not critical in trading (maybe big-time number crunching??). Why Xeon vs P4??

    If the MB max is 1G, it won't make any difference whether you're using 256s or 512s

    I've seen the big retail chains advertising DDR memory for about 1/2 what Dell charges (after rebate)... Crucial and PNY brands. I've used both and they're fine. Maybe just get 512 now and look for one of those sales to increase your ram later? :D
    #17     Jan 27, 2003
  8. gnome


    Got a quick reply from Dell Support... "Intel MB, Model 845, with DDR Support". Sounds a little incomplete, but that's what they said.

    Maybe the answer is to get a nice Intel 845 MB with 6 PCI slots and go from there?

    BTW... My chart package is MetaStock Pro from Equis. Their tech advised that I use "Intel all the way"... MB, CPU, Chipset... for maximum reliability. I've had 2 such machines. Both have been trouble free and reliable on these parameters. :D
    #18     Jan 27, 2003
  9. nitro


    If you do end up getting a dual Xeon board, be VERY careful to get _ONLY_ RAM that the vendor recommends - you will save yourself a ton of headaches.

    #19     Jan 27, 2003
  10. Hi again... Dell has conveniently made it so that most of these third party memory brands will not work with the proprietary "notch" they require on the side of the dimm/simm/whatever it's called these days.
    #20     Jan 27, 2003