best hardware setup for computational machine ???

Quick and perhaps a stupid question. I am want to get maximum performance from a computational machine. Machine will be running Linux. I can get a motherboard with on-board graphics or express-PCI VGA.

My question is to what extend presence of an on-boards controller affect performance of the machine as number cruncher?

Perhaps someone can go into trouble and point me to a reading (or perhaps explains in geneeral terms) on how one can get best computational power at a minimum price. The machine will be used to solve differential equations.

Thank you in advance and have a nice weekend.

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  1. I'm not exactly sure, but if it's a single complex equation, I would imagine almost any machine would be able to suit your needs. If you have the ability to use multiple threads then a dual core processor would be an even greater help.

    Get a machine with an AMD Athlon X2 3800+ and you should be in good shape. Could be wrong though.
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