The new Linux server

Here’s the parts I’m getting for my new server. Many thanks to Adam for sharing his system build of a few months ago. This system’s remarkably similar to a new iMac, albeit without the SSD. By all accounts this Sandy Bridge stuff is terrific.

1 of: Antec 380 Watt Power Supply Mid Tower Case NSK4482B (Black) $89.99
2 of: Western Digital 1 TB Caviar Blue SATA III 7200 RPM 32 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive – WD10EALX $129.08
1 of: Intel Core i7-2600 Processor 3.4GHz 8 MB Cache Socket LGA1155 $295.00
1 of: ASUS SATA 6 Gb/s DisplayPort Intel Z68 Micro ATX DDR3 2200 Intel LGA 1155 Motherboards P8Z68-M Pro $119.99
1 of: Corsair 16 GB (4x4GB) Vengeance Blue Low Profile 1600mhz PC3-12800 240-pin Dual Channel DDR3 Memory Kit 16 Dual Channel Kit – CML16GX3M4A1600C9B $89.99

Junky case and very simple disk system. I won’t even run RAID, don’t trust it. No SSDs either, don’t trust those consumer parts. Just simple spinning platters. Some of the details matter. The i7-2600K is more popular because it’s overclockable. But I never overclock, and it turns out the i7-2600 has some virtualization capabilities that the i7-2600K doesn’t. It’s clear the Z68 chipset is the best motherboard, and I went with ASUS just because I always have. But they make like 6 Z68 motherboards and I can’t really tell one from the next. (After building this I learned the Realtek ethernet chip in the P8Z68 M Pro doesn’t work well in Linux. The P8Z68-V boards have Intel ethernet chips, may be a better choice.)

I told myself years ago I’d never build another computer from parts. Yet here I am. The local screwdriver shops are charging too high a premium, and then it’s a struggle to get them to understand you really want no graphics card, no OS, really just the simple server. “Oh, a server? How about this $4000 2U rackmount?”

At least I already know all about Ubuntu server.