Opinion for new SOHO Machine - Processor and Windows compatibility
Greetings to all:
Hope all is well.
My Old SOHO Box expired; and is on its way to Recycling Afterlife.
I'm in the process of selecting a new box; but have found the latest processor and memory leaps quite impressive.
Since my work related Apps involve Robust Servers, I think I can live with a modestly priced Laptop as an option. Besides, they're outperforming All in Ones(which I contemplated for pre-sales "dog and ponies" purposes) right now.
Things are tight - so I'm on a budget (under $700). Monitor for the Desktop still works.
The questions involve the following:
Q1 - Processors:
Has anyone tried out the 2nd and 3rd Gen Intel i3/i5 Processor based Desktop/Laptops for OBSD?
I've looked into AMD Chips; but found out their A10s haven't measured up to the 3rd Gen Intel Chips.
Are the Pricepoints worth looking for 3rd Gen Deals, or should one settle for a 2nd Gen i5s?
Q2 - Windows 7 or 8 (for Qemu Virtualization)
Has anyone here tried Win8 VM'd over OBSD? I saw a Youtube Video on a Beta Release:
Win 7 or 8 - which one a) VM'd Better; and which one worked better for you?
Q3 - Fingerprint Readers: Do we have any means of utilizing them on OBSD?
Last edited by IronForge; 21st December 2012 at 01:42 AM. Reason: URL, another question added
Either no one here has installed OpenBSD on recent hardware, or they may be reticent to generalizing on only one data point. Besides, labelling performance as "acceptable" or at an "enticing" price point is subjective. Your best bet while shopping for new hardware is to install OpenBSD to a flash drive & take this to a few brick & mortar stores seeing if you can reboot demonstration models yourself. Sometimes sales staffs allow this, & sometimes not. If you do decide to order online, be sure you understand the return policy before purchase.
How compatible this application is to current hardware offerings is unknown to me.
We just had a similar thread. The chipsets discussed in the other thread are available in laptops and all-in-one motherboards. Note that this was supported by Current.
Combine this with your old monitor, sata hard drive +/- dvdrw, power supply (can your old case be used?) and you would get away for under $300USD.
I feel all-in-one motherboards tend to be inexpensive, compared to buying a separate cpu, graphic card, etc, and offer reasonable, energy efficient performance.
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