Hi all. I am looking to do a build. Ive been using laptops specifically the IBM Thinkpad T43 and it's pretty much gotta go. It is too old and there is some absolutely powerful stuff for desktops now. I am looking for hardware that will pretty much all work in sync.
I do alot of forensic stuff so I need a machine that can handle alot of data transfers between disks. For now I have been using this laptop with its 2 measly USB 2.0 ports to attach a drive bay using USB for the source drive to image and an external to put the image onto. Needless to say, its a horrible way to work so that is why I am changing things up!
Ive been looking at the i7 Sandy Bridge
And the Gigabyte GA-X79 motherboard
This board can handle 64GB RAM. I am using 1.5GB right now so you can believe me when I say that I have no idea what 64GB of RAM could possibly do or if I would even need something like that.
I also will need a powerful video card as well. I don't need the best one but I won't settle for onboard stuff. There have been a lot of complaints about that motherboard so if anyone can recommend something that will work in sync with centos out of the box, I would appreciate it. I don't really have too much time to invest into the hardware that is available as it is really a world in its own.
To be honest, I would really need 2 machines. One would be mostly used for imaging and extraction of data, and the other would be my regular workstation, to work on other tasks that may be computer-intensive.
From what I noticed, imaging of data does not seem to require alot of processing, it seems like it's mostly disk related, but I don't know, I didn't run 'top' when imaging as I don't want to run any programs when I do that. Now when using tools like foremost, and especially scalpel, it demands a lot of processing. This is where I need a really good machine.
If anyone can recommend a "combo" of parts, I would more than appreciate it. I know it really comes down to money but I am willing to spend $1500 for 1 good machine or for 2 decently powerful machines.