To update my workstation,
I settled on a 3500+ AMD64 and a moderate video card
(ATI Radeon 9600 which is meant to have OpenGL 2.0 hardware support)
Motherboards - IMHO beware of nVidia chipset mobo
A Gigabyte motherboard with nVidia chipset first
required the ACPI to be disabled (option 2)
before the 5.3-RELEASE CD could boot to the install screen.
The on-board sk LAN seemed to be o.k.
but the system was unstable & died in panic 2 to 30 minutes
into compiling, the resulting file corruptions & inability
to compile soon made the Gigabyte unworkable, in my experience.
A ASUS A8V motherboard with VIA chipset has had no
compatibility problems to date; the GENERIC kernel is able
to boot successfully, and there's been no panic's during
fifty hours of heavy compile work.
However, the on-board sk LAN interface has frozen a couple
of times - I suspect it is vulnable during heavy workloads.
Ports - IMHO needs more AMD64 users to work on Graphics & Multimedia ports.
However there are a number of ports which state that they are i386 ports
only & will not comiple for amd64.
Can anyone shine light on the subject of how to compile & run i386 binary
ports on a amd64 system? It would also be handy to have the ability to
emulate a Linux system.