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PC configuration for Eclipse [message #263166] Fri, 15 August 2008 13:08 Go to next message
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Originally posted by: M8R-o6v8xw.mailinator.com

Hi!

I'm currently using an Athlon XP 2000, 1 GB RAM system. I don't play 3D
games on it, so it was so far OK for me. Now I'm using Eclipse, and it
runs a bit slow. So my question: What is a good PC configuration to do
Eclipse development? What would be your 500 $/€ Eclipse PC? What could you
do with 1000 $/€? Would server hardware like RAIDs or a Opteron/Xeon
processor bring significant gains?

Thank You,
Theodor
Re: PC configuration for Eclipse [message #263170 is a reply to message #263166] Fri, 15 August 2008 13:48 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Originally posted by: eclipse-news.rizzoweb.com

Theodor wrote:
> Hi!
>
> I'm currently using an Athlon XP 2000, 1 GB RAM system. I don't play 3D
> games on it, so it was so far OK for me. Now I'm using Eclipse, and it
> runs a bit slow. So my question: What is a good PC configuration to do
> Eclipse development? What would be your 500 $/� Eclipse PC? What could
> you do with 1000 $/�? Would server hardware like RAIDs or a Opteron/Xeon
> processor bring significant gains?

There aren't any specific hardware requirements for Eclipse (other than
what a JVM requires already), mostly because it is possible to configure
Eclipse with such a wide variety of plugins, each putting its own strain
on resources.
As long as there is at least 200-300 MB of RAM *available*(after the OS
and other applications), I'd say the speed of the hard drive is the
first thing I would focus on. Most laptop/notebook drives are painfully
slow at 5400 RPM, so upgrading that to 7200 makes a noticeable
difference for all apps, not just Eclipse.
I'll say something else about memory: 1GB seems like a lot but it really
depends on what else is running. It is not hard for Windows XP to take
away nearly half that before you've started any user applications. So if
you are using near or above the physical RAM, Windows will swap and it
is notoriously bad at memory management; this leads to all apps getting
very sluggish as you switch between then or they compete for space in
memory.
A dual-core processor seems to help Eclipse a little, but only during
compiles and only if you're using both Java 6 and Eclipse 3.4. It can
help in general of course, especially if you run multiple CPU-intensive
applications at the same time.

Hope this helps,
Eric
Re: PC configuration for Eclipse [message #263296 is a reply to message #263170] Sat, 16 August 2008 19:07 Go to previous message
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Originally posted by: M8R-o6v8xw.mailinator.com

Hi Eric!

Thank you for your help! I'd buy more RAM but my board doesn't support
more. However its seems to be sufficient unless I have too many apps
running. I'm using a 7200 rpm HDD. I've seen Western Digital makes 10000
rpm disks, I may try one when I build a new PC, for I shun the
configuration difficulties of a RAID.

Theodor
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