Thursday, November 01, 2007

New Quad Core Linux workstation on the cheap

Built a nice new development Linux box (Kubuntu 7.10) for dirt cheap. I already had the mouse, keyboard, speakers, and LCD monitor. Everything was purchased from NewEgg. Not bad for under $1,000. I probably could have stepped up in the processor, but it's still quite quick at 2.4GHz.

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor $280
GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3 LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard $100
XFX PVT84JUDD3 GeForce 8600GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card $130
Thermaltake Purepower W0100RU ATX 12V 2.0 500W Power Supply $50
NZXT HUSH Black SECC Steel/ Aluminum/ Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $90
G.SKILL 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Memory $170
SAMSUNG Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner $30
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive $110
TOTAL $960

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  1. Bart, thanks for the specs. It's remarkable you can get this kind of power at this price. I'm looking to build something similar to run some statistical models using MPI. Based on your experience, would you recommend any modifications? Any particular reasons for your choice of linux flavor?


  2. I've been very happy with the configuration that I laid out in the post. No regrets so far. As for the choice of Ubuntu Linux: It's what I've been using these days and what I'm familiar with. Easy to install and customize.