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Re: st: hw advice wanted

From   Neil Shephard <[email protected]>
To   [email protected]
Subject   Re: st: hw advice wanted
Date   Wed, 15 Oct 2008 17:21:28 +0100

Richard Goldstein wrote:
> I am starting to plan the purchase of my next machine and am
> looking for advice, comments, help (etc.).
> I am just starting to receive some very large data sets
> (received 1 TB so far) and thus I want a machine that
> includes at least the following:
> 64 bit
> at least 32 GB of RAM (more if I can afford it)
> several TB of internal hard drive
> my questions:
> 1. what other criteria, if any, should I be using?
Fast bus speeds, these are the speeds at which data is transferred
between components (such as HD >  Motherboard > RAM).

> 2. are there name vendors that supply such machines or will
> I need to go to a place that builds them to order? Names of
> vendors appreciated
Can't help there I'm afraid, but details of the country your
located/purchasing in would help.

> 3. what OS????
I'm not too up-to-speed on the current state of Vista, but I'd hazard
that with 64-bit and 32Gb RAM you'd be best suited with some sort *NIX
variant, although if you're not familiar with them it may involve a
learning curve to get used to the OS (although not with Stata itself
since this is virtually identical across platforms).


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