Currently, I have the following: Supermicro c2sea mobo IntelCore Duo 1.8Ghz 4Gb ram (2x2 ddr3) Zotac GeForce 9600 512Mb
Linux Mint 12
The mobo claims 8 gigs, but after trying several brands, I can only get it to take 4. Also, I'd like to use the hdmi out on my video card to go to my flat screen w/audio. But the card I have needs the spdif jumpered to the mobo, which apparently does not have a header for it.
So, I'm thinking about upgrading to: ECS IC780M-A2 mobo $45 AMD Phenom II X6 1045T $97 G.SKILL 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 1333 $68 Total $210
I'm just starting to mess around with virtualbox, which seems pretty sluggish on my current system. Would this upgrade help? A lot?
Not sure how much difference there is between the core2duo & the Phenom 2 x6, sounds like there should be a lot? I'm pretty sure the memory increase should definitely have an effect for the better...
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If you're only running 1VM at a time, get 8GB. The Phenom x6 will be a big upgrade. But, get a better mobo. Spend a bit more for more features.
Thanks, yes just 1 vm at a time (for now). What kind of features on the mobo? The ECS seems to have everything I'd want - up to 32 Gb, 4 sata ports & 1 pata, onboard audio & network, but no video, which I like. Anything else I should look for?