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Old 09-16-2013, 10:04 PM   #1
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Hi All

I am planning to assemble a new linux machine for my bioinformatics work, which requires high memory and disk space. I do not know much about hardware and therfore seeking advice before I start buying parts. I am interested in building a machine with following configurations:
  1. 256 GB SSD (Two 128 GB to create RAID0) for OS
  2. 2 TB SATA III hard drive for data storage (may create RAID)
  3. 16 GB RAM (with option to upgrade upto 32 GB in future)
  4. 8-core processor
Here is a tentative list of parts I have generated. I would really appreciate if somebody can help me to decide if these parts/brands are good and I am not missing anything. One of the major concern I have is the compatability issue beween different parts such as Case, Motherboard, Processor and RAM.
  1. SSD: Samsung Electronics MZ-7PD128BW 840 Pro Series 2.5-Inch 128GB SATA 6Gbps
  2. Hard Drive: Western Digital WD1002FAEX 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache 3.5"
  3. RAM: Kingston HyperX Blu 16GB Kit (2x8 GB Modules) 1600MHz 240-pin DDR3 Non-ECC CL10 Desktop Memory KHX1600C10D3B1K2/16G
  4. Processor: AMD FD8350FRHKBOX FX-8350 FX-Series 8-Core Black Edition
  5. Motherboard: Gigabyte Intel Z77 LGA1155 CrossFireX/SLI Dual Lan Dual UEFI BIOS with Bluetooth 4.0/Wi-Fi Expansion Card GA-Z77X-UD5H-WB WiFi
  6. Case: Antec Sonata III 500W Quiet Super Mid Tower Case (Piano Black)
  7. Wifi adapter: Panda Mini Wifi (b/g/n) 150Mbps Wireless-N 2.4GHz USB Adapter - Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8, Mac OS X, Mint 13/14, Ubuntu 11.10/12.04/12.10, Fedora 15/16/17/18, openSUSE 11.4/12.1 and Puppy 5.3.3 Compatible
  8. DVD drive: LG Electronics 24X SATA Super-Multi DVD Internal Rewriter with M-Disc Support (Black) GH24NS95B
Thank you all in advance
Baika
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Old 09-16-2013, 10:13 PM   #2
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You might wanna get a CPU cooler, A good one that a lot of the members here use and will recommend COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/FM2/AM3+ - Newegg.com
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Old 09-16-2013, 10:23 PM   #3
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The CPU and Motherboard will not work together as they are incompatible.

If you want to keep the 8350, I recommend this board:
ASUS SABERTOOTH 990FX R2.0 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS - Newegg.com

or, if you want to stick with the Z77 platform, although it is dead now, you could get this CPU:
Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770K - Newegg.com
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Old 09-16-2013, 10:57 PM   #4
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I'd go with the new haswell cpu's unless your on a budget..
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Old 09-17-2013, 08:07 AM   #5
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I'll also go with a 4'th generation Intel CPU and a matching Z87 based motherboard.
It's not an 8 core (only has 4 cores, however it still has 8 threads) but the among of cores is not everything as the new 4 core i7 is faster then the 8 core FX-8350 in most cases
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Old 09-18-2013, 11:09 AM   #6
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Thank you all for your suggestions. I would go for Intel's 4th generation CPU as you all have suggested. However, I am little confused by BK_123's suggestion. I have an impression that CPU cooler comes with the CPU itself, then what is the need of buying another cooler.

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the CPU comes with i cooler. It's just there are so many better coolers out there.
in your case you properly don't need to buy a 3-party cooler.
it's more for enthusiasts and people who overclock.
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Thanks BikerEcho for clarifying this. This is very helpful.

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Old 09-18-2013, 10:46 PM   #9
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Spend a lot of time on matching up your MOBO, CPU, RAM, PSU, and CASE then anything because for them to work to the performance advertised those first 4 items have to be compatible on every level........ Trust me I just built my second system
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Linux works very well with AMD processors I think you will be very happy with your 8350. I agree with the sabertooth advice also I would up my memory to 1866 from the 1600 you list.
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