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Do androids dream of cost-effective supercomputers?

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August 12, 2011 11:08:23 AM

Looking at various CPU/mb benchmarks, most of them focus on two main use cases:

1. games
2. cad / 3d rendering / sound studio / large photo edits / photoshop

And both are completely irrelevant for me, yet I fail to find any recommendations for my (weird, maybe) case.

I use computer for online research/monitoring, mostly - and I would like to aim my future config on having 1000s of web browser windows open + 100s of documents (word, excel, mindmaps, presentations, visio docs, emails, outlook mails, texts) open in 10s of virtual desktops.

I want to see thousands of browser windows running flash games and flash banners, forums, twitters, facebooks, chats-chats-chats open at the same time, I want to see scrolling and all those various JS-heavy scripts performing smoothly in browser, virtual desktop switch being immediate. I want scrolling to switch from one window to another in moments. In fact, I'd like to keep them all open 24x7 for as much time as possible - weeks, maybe?

I know software would fail, but browsers restore tabs/windows on crash and it's fine. I could even use 5 or 6 different web browsers at the same time.

I normally use chrome, so, as far as I get it - each tab would be a separate thread in a separate portion of ram. So I would want to have as much ram as possible and for i7 systems that would be, 16gb, I guess. I currently have 4gb+SSD system and it's very very slow for what I do, maybe because when I say 1000s of windows - I mean 1000s, not 20 or 200.

I'm sure the easy answer would be to top everything up and get 8 Xeon-system with 128 Gb of ram and stuff like that (no idea if such is possible) but I'm not THAT rich :)  I'm just trying to make it comfortable for my work and would be grateful for any suggestions on a cost-effective setup aimed at super-heavy web browsing / fragmented software usage with many small apps running at the same time.

Is there something for less than a fortune to build for such case?

Thanks a lot!

P.S. Not sure it matters, but I use 3x24" and would like to have 3x30" with 3 video cards in my future setup (or even more).

P.P.S I'm also considering building a Hackintosh (for the sake of its window management) - will mac's OpenGl-ish interface rendering become a huge change in my setting? Thanks again!
August 12, 2011 1:00:36 PM

ok i'm no expert but here goes .......
Firstly: You need a good multi threaded prossessor, i72600k or maybe the new AMD bulldoser when it comes out. Thats if you don't want to build something thats of a server class.
Secondly: You sound like an internet span, bot or troll merchant and maybe i shouldn't be trying to help you ....lmao
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August 12, 2011 2:15:52 PM

ddemon said:
ok i'm no expert but here goes .......
Firstly: You need a good multi threaded prossessor, i72600k or maybe the new AMD bulldoser when it comes out. Thats if you don't want to build something thats of a server class.
Secondly: You sound like an internet span, bot or troll merchant and maybe i shouldn't be trying to help you ....lmao


Thanks for your input!

CPU is the main thing(-s) in question (that's why I posted it here). I do understand 2600k / 980x / xeon 5600 are three main ways to go, but have no idea what would work best. Everywhere I look it's about games or pro apps.

The problem with i7 2600k is that I see no way to use more than 16gb RAM with it (ok, maybe 32gb is _possible_, but well, still) and I have 4gb now and don't feel that 16gb will do. Browsers leak and somehow it's never enough. It feels like such task needs next to endless RAM - the more you can keep in RAM... the better, I guess.

Yes, with 980x I could have 24Gb... But afaik it's not SandyBridge - so, maybe that would become a loss, not a gain, for my tasks.

For even more ram the only way to go is Xeon - but that's a huge spike in the set pricetag, and I Don't Know if it will make any difference to what I do. + xeons are quite old already.

And I don't know who internet span is - but I'm the good guy :)  not a bot or troll. Maybe I'm just lazy and thin spread over many areas of work - so I want to keep it all open and stop browsing around all day. In a way, I would like to open ALL my "intranet/internet" once (all pages I ever visit for my work tasks - all projects in basecamp, all jira's etc; all news sites I read, twitter, facebook, all that stuff) and Never close it, have it all auto-rereshed, and just bring the appropriate window in front, when needed. Is that too much for the current hardware? :) 

Sorry for being log-ish, thanks again.
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August 12, 2011 3:14:21 PM

again i'm not really any expert but it sounds like you are really after something that is not quite out yet ...AMD bulldozer or Sandy Bridge E maybe. What are you running now? As 2600K seems pretty good in most bechmarks and might be as good as you can get right now.
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