It turns out to be good to wait 4 or 5 years between computer upgrades, because the new computer will be awesomely fast in comparison to the old one. This was the old one:
I reused the case and power supply, but put a new motherboard, CPU, memory and disk inside. I have shamelessly gone all-Intel, because I need a fast build server, and AMD doesn’t cut it these days.
- Intel Sandy Bridge 2600K (4 cores, 8 threads)
- ASUS P8Z68-V (Intel Z68 with LGA 1155 socket)
- 18GB of RAM (2 x 8GB + 2 x 1GB saved from the old computer)
- 120 GB Intel 320 Series SSD
- 2TB Samsung HDD
- Fedora 17
The SSD in particular is brilliant. It feels about 10 times faster than a hard drive.
‘make -j9’ just eats kernel compiles. I can build a complete Fedora kernel and modules in about 10 minutes (compared to about 28 minutes on my work laptop).