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Upgrade/rebuild for a Linux-based development PC

aluchko

61 months ago

I have a box that I built in 2009 that's starting to show it's age. I recently moved the OS over to an SSD which helped, though it still gets fairly laggy on occasion.

The primary purpose of the box is web browsing and development. Build times aren't a big issue and I don't really game so I'm mostly looking at system responsiveness and enough ram to run a bunch of apps.

I tried to reproduce the old system here,

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/aluchko/saved/3tgp99

Most of the parts are approximated, the actual motherboard is a P5Q and I couldn't even find the GeForce 9600 to list it, but otherwise it's a fairly accurate representation.

http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/P5Q/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GeForce_9_series#GeForce_9600_GT

I believe the major culprit is RAM, the old box only has 4 GB of DDR2 800, but to double that would cost ~$70-80 and I'm not sure I want to sink much more into an old chipset.

The alternative is to get a new motherboad/cpu/ram combo. Here the main question seems to be whether I should got for DDR3 or DDR4. Obviously DDR4 is the next thing, but I'm not looking to spend more than $700 Canadian and at that price point a DDR3 combo might be a better performance. I suspect any future upgrade (other than more ram) will include motherboad/cpu/ram so I don't think there's any purpose in choosing DDR4 on that basis.

The 1150/DDR3 based build is here, I think it will cost ~$550 http://pcpartpicker.com/user/aluchko/saved/xHhBD3

And the 2011/DDR4 based build is here, I think it will cost ~$700 http://pcpartpicker.com/user/aluchko/saved/smq7YJ

I also went with Xeon on the theory that I could keep using my GeForce 9600 with the new motherboard, but I don't know if that's a reasonable plan so a switch of a Core processor with integrated graphics might be a good idea.

Does this sound like a reasonable idea? Will the old GPU work with the new motherboard or should I get something with an integrated card? Should I go to DDR3 or make the jump to DDR4?

thanks, Aaron

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