l0gic Posted June 16, 2006 Share Posted June 16, 2006 I find myself coming to that bittersweet realization that every true techy knows all too well; it's time to build a new box! =D However, in catching up on the latest technologies, an idea came to me. Instead of tackling the job myself, why not open it to an entire technical community? I think it would be an interesting experiment to see if the Hak.5 community, given ample time and a respectable budget to work with, can collectively research and configure a quality workstation. Let me begin by presenting the list of requirements I came up with before I began my research: Linux - The end product will run Gentoo Linux (kernel 2.6), so Linux-supported hardware is crucial. Fortunately, this isn't nearly as big a hassle it was in the past, as Linux hardware support has improved greatly over the last several years. Dual-core - It's obvious that multi-core processors have started the next generation of CPU's, and are essential for multitasking applications. Redundant storage - I've always found storage to be a balancing act of speed, redundancy, and cost. I like to build a system's disk storage in two logical components: system partition(s) and archive partition(s). Speed is essential for the former, and redundancy for the latter; however, these elements should of course be combined wherever possible. Video - As a Linux system, there isn't an overwhelming need for quality gaming performance. A solid, economic graphics processor is preferable (again, Linux support is key here). Dual displays - I'm including two identical 19" (or higher) monitors in the overall system quote. Case - Aluminum is the material of choice. I'd also like to look into water cooling. Aesthetics - Black goes with everything. =) And now for the bottom line: I've allocated a budget of around $2,000, although I'm willing to go a bit beyond that if the system proves to be truly kick-ass. If this thread ends up producing a practical system configuration that meets all the criteria, I'll purchase the components and post a photo journal of the build process. Please post any configurations or suggestions you'd like to add. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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