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February 23, 2014 6:52:39 PM

I've been thinking about upgrading my Alienware Aurora that has a i7 930, 9GB RAM, and dual 5670's. The primary reason for building a new machine would be for prototyping "big data" software like Hadoop and running databases without paying AWS all the time. I would primarily be using Windows with Linux virtual machines, but it would be nice if I could dual boot with Ubuntu. I thought about just stuffing my current machine with more RAM, but I'd like to have some of the performance benefits of SATA 6 and Haswell. As far as graphics capabilities, I run three full HD monitors, stream video often, and do not have much of an interest in PC gaming beyond Minesweeper and Portal. I plan to max out the RAM to 32GB whenever I feel like spending more money too. Let me know if I'm missing anything. Thanks!

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2YY0b
CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V3 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($244.30 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H55 57.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($54.99 @ Best Buy)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste ($6.69 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-PLUS ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($158.98 @ OutletPC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($163.26 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($153.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital WD Green 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card ($154.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series AF120 Quiet Edition 39.9 CFM 120mm Fan ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Pioneer BDC-207DBK Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($67.08 @ Amazon)

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February 23, 2014 9:07:38 PM

Looks good..
Since you will be swapping massive amounts of data, I would recommend getting a 7200rpm HDD despite the fact you are getting an SSD
Cabinet is a personal preference, but go for 500R.
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February 23, 2014 9:27:34 PM

Soumil said:
Looks good..
Since you will be swapping massive amounts of data, I would recommend getting a 7200rpm HDD despite the fact you are getting an SSD
Cabinet is a personal preference, but go for 500R.


Thanks. Didn't even notice that WD green series was 5400. Definitely do not want that.
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February 23, 2014 9:31:14 PM

Ah. Sure.
Thumbs up if I helped. :-)
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February 23, 2014 9:35:46 PM

Seagate barracuda 3TB HDD is good choice.
This is really good cpu cooler.
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/thermalright-cpu-cooler-ma...

PSU is not best . This is much better.
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/rosewill-power-supply-caps...
Or cheaper EVGA
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-power-supply-120pb075...

Fractal R4 is good silent case. Bitfenix Ghost is good too.
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/bitfenix-case-bfcgho300kkn...

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/fractal-design-case-fdcade...

You do not need Z87 mobo with xeon cpu. B85 is fine with xeon.
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-gab85...
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