This water cooled, overclocked box will be used as a number crunching box to process financial trading information (aka market data) on high frequency trading - usually around 60 GB/day, and we typically go through at least 3 months worth of data in each backtest. As there will be many of these deployed through the organization we have to be budget conscious but still pack a big punch.
We chose the Haswell-E because our algorithms depend on the new sets of instructions that come in this line. We also explore successfully the large amount of cache in these processors.
The rig will run under dual boot Windows/Ubuntu 14.04 LTS so we took care that the parts were compatible. Corsair's cooler being the only exception (no linux support) but wiring the fan controls to the motherboard's CHA1 and CHA2 inputs took care of the problem.
6-core Haswell-E beast. Best performance per dollar on the high-end. With the money that you could buy a i7-5860k one can buy at least three of these and the performance does not scale equally.
Corsair is very well known in the market, has been around for a long time. This cooler was a bit of a overspending since at full throttle @4.4GHz the highest CPU temperature never rose beyond 60C. Under Linux the water pump is at a constant speed but we connected the radiators to the MB fan control so the Asus X99-A can successfully tweak the CPU temperature.
best priced motherboard from Asus, which is a brand known for its overclocking capabilities. The step up would be the DELUXE model but it did not have features that were useful to us. Unless you're planning to run a 3-way SLI one should consider the upgrade.
A little bit disappointed with this item, as I was not able to overclock it to DDR4-3000 as I expected. But it is a CAS 15 and the price is right.
Best price point per size and performance at the moment. And I trust Samsung above all.
I have used the green line as a server (red) and I have never had a bust in many years. And the price is the best.
The GTX 960 is at the best price/feature point among all Nvidia cards and excellent for CUDA development (1024 cuda cores). This is a factory-overclocked card, which is a plus. We did not consider ATI for obvious reasons. One card we disable on xorg.conf for CUDA development and the other for X work. Under windows we can play Battlefield under SLI at full speed.
It is simply gorgeous. And the easiness to install all the power cabling is mind boggling. The color combination also matches my two favorite teams: Flamengo (BR) and Barcelona (ES). An alternative would be the R5 Define.
Corsair I trust. The power is around 2x the max demand from the parts.
ASUS is very trustworthy, never had a problem with them. The 2560 x 1440 screen is perfect for dividing it up on emacs. The productivity is way better. And it looks gorgeous too at a very reasonable price point.
This is the best keyboard I've ever typed in. Its shallow keys and "perfect touch" technology make it very comfortable when dumping the humongous amount of code we usually do on a daily basis.
The grip is fantastic - when I ever need it outside emacs. It is just on another level than your corporate mouse. On Windows, it is programmable and very precise.