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Budget compile/dev server

Approximate Purchase Date: 2-6 weeks

Budget Range: (e.g.: 300-400) 200-400 after rebates, including shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: continuous integration server

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: CPU/mobo/RAM

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: microcenter.com (I would prefer to buy locally)

Location: Denver, CO, USA

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Prefer AMD, but open to Intel (if anything they offer even fits this budget)

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 80x25 text ;)

Additional Comments: Looking for a low-cost server to run large-scale software builds

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Current Phenom x3 w/6GB of RAM is getting completely overwhelmed with my builds. On a test server at work with 32GB of RAM and 32 cores I get 100% usage of all cores and about 25-30GB of RAM usage and a build time of about 5 minutes, but locally if I do a full build it can run 60-90 minutes or more (partly due to GC pressure). Obviously, I'm not going to be able to afford anything like our test hardware, but getting more cores, and importantly, more RAM in the box is going to be a big win locally. The build is highly parallel, so more slow cores will generally get the work done faster than fewer faster cores. No fancy graphics, etc, needed, just horsepower and RAM.
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    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75M-DGS Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($60.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: OCZ Agility 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $406.91
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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