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Alan Riley <ariley@stata.com> |

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Re: st: optimal configuration for windows 32/64 |

Date |
Fri, 8 Feb 2008 10:25:08 -0600 |

Julio Estevez (je_123@hotmail.com) asks about an optimal computer configuration for his Stata needs. He wants to use Windows and plans on working with about 2 GB of data: > I need to work with census data uploading into memory about 2 gigabites of data. My questions are the following > > 1. should I go for windows 64 instead of windows 32? > 2. If I go for a Microsoft 64 OS, would I notice a performance improvement if i switch from a stata 32bit to stata 64bit? > 2. Any advice about the best processor around? I have around US$ 4000 to spend in a computer that can allow me to work at reasonable speeds with a census database. If Julio needs to load 2 GB of data into Stata for Windows, then he definitely should get a computer with a 64-bit version of Windows along with 64-bit Stata for Windows. Given his budget, I would advise Julio to look for a quad-core or even 8-core machine with 4 to 8 GB of memory. On such a machine he can get even more speed out of Stata by using Stata/MP which performs computations in parallel on multiple cores. Julio can check to see what kind of speed increase he can expect from Stata/MP for the Stata commands he uses frequently here: http://www.stata.com/statamp/report.pdf Someone else in this thread mentioned Dell, so I took a quick look at their web site. I was able to configure a quad-core machine with one of the fastest processors available (Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 running at 3 GHz) and 4 GB of RAM for under $3000. I was able to configure an 8-core (dual quad-core processors) machine with 8 GB of RAM for just under $4000. Stata would perform very well on either of these machines. As was mentioned by David Jacobs (jacobs.184@sociology.osu.edu) earlier in this thread, Julio should make sure that other software he needs to run will work under 64-bit Windows before switching to a solely 64-bit environment. --Alan Riley (ariley@stata.com) * * For searches and help try: * http://www.stata.com/support/faqs/res/findit.html * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/

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