I have been putting off the replacement of my personal workstation for the better part of a year now. It was custom configured and built by myself in January 2004, and actually made the #2 spot in the 3dmark rankings. I do not tweak for over-clocking, or other nonsense like that. I just prefer to put together some hot (figuratively) components that will provide me with a robust, versatile workstation to take on any software technologies I can throw at it. And while I am an early adopter (1.0) and continuing enthusiast of VMware workstation, I want to explore other virtualization technologies like Linux KVM, QEMU, and XEN on this new platform.
So, the “old” workstation is a mere dual Intel P4 Xeon, 2.8gHz, with 2gb ECC RAM, and a Radeon 9800XT Pro running atop a SuperMicro motherboard with SATA drives. By today’s standards, this machine is still very much capable of handling my tasks and demands. But after getting a Sony Playstation 3 this past summer, I am eager to get something with a little more pop. So, I came about to purchase the following components:
- Motherboard: SUPERMICRO MBD-X7DWA-N Dual 771 Intel 5400 Extended ATX
- CPU: (8-cores) Intel Xeon E5430 Harpertown 2.66GHz LGA 771 80W Quad-Core
- RAM: (8GB) Crucial 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 FB-DIMM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) ECC Fully Buffered
- Video: (1GB) SAPPHIRE 100221SR Radeon HD 3870 X2 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP
- Disk: (1TB) Seagate Barracuda ES.2 ST3500320NS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s
- Optical: ASUS 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA
- Case: LIAN LI PC-P80 Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower
- Power: Thermaltake W0131RU ATX12V / EPS12V 850W
- OS: Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate for System Builders
Realize that last item is for dual booting, as my preferred operating system is Red Hat Fedora.
Now I get to wait for its arrival to unpack, assemble, test, curse, and then test some more. Hopefully, there will not be too much hassle.