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"Budget" 24GB RAM Build

Last response: in Systems
April 16, 2011 5:49:15 PM

I know that 24GB and budget probably doesn't go together, but I do some memory intensive numerical computing where having 24GB would be extremely helpful. I haven't put anything together since 06 with a C2D, so be easy on me :D 

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP
Budget Range:800-1200
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Headless numerical work
Parts Not Required: kb,mouse,speakers,monitor, dvd drive
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, microcenter, amazon
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: no
Overclocking: Maybe?
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: Headless 90% of the time
Additional Comments: Linux 64-Bit compatible

Core i7-960 3.2GHz LGA 1366 Boxed Processor

ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

2x CORSAIR Vengeance 12GB (3 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ12GX3M3A1600C9

COOLER MASTER Hyper N 520 RR-920-N520-GP 92mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Intel Core i7 compatible

1x SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply

APEX PC-389-C Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Video Card??? Something cheap that will work on 64-Bit Linux. I looked at the 8400GS, but it looks like plenty of people are having problems.

Comes out to a bit under $1000 without the video card. Any suggestions/replacements would be appreciated. I have looked at going the server board/workstation route, but it seems that would definitely overshoot my budget.

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April 16, 2011 6:06:10 PM
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April 16, 2011 6:15:57 PM

Rarely a case when you need more than 16GB. Wtf are you doing that requires +16GB let alone +8GB of ram?

April 16, 2011 6:32:59 PM

aznshinobi said:
Rarely a case when you need more than 16GB. Wtf are you doing that requires +16GB let alone +8GB of ram?

I have a couple of hundred gigs of ordered binary timeseries data partitioned by date and UUID. Partitions are loaded into memory, something akin to an in memory database and queried in real-time. I do this processing on a 64GB lab server at my university, but there is typically a long job processing queue so I supplement the work on my own computer with 8GB RAM and it's a pain in the ass and makes the programming side of it more difficult . The lab's budget is locked up for the year, so here I am wanting to put together something on my own to make my life easier.
April 16, 2011 6:55:16 PM