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Old 03-05-2013, 08:49 PM   #1
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Question Processor/Motherboard for Dedicated Slackware Server


I'm doing a computer build for a dedicated Slackware server box to run some security software. I don't really have a firm budget, but am looking to keep most hardware in the low-to-mid level price range. That being said, I've narrowed my selection down to the following two processors - AMD FX6300 or Intel Core i3 3225. Since it'll be running headless most of the time, I plan on using a mATX motherboard with integrated graphics.

I am leaning towards the AMD option (because of cost) with a mATX motherboard that has a 8-series chipset (to get SATA 6 Gb/s). The onboard grahpic chipset would be Radeon.

If I go the Intel route, it would use the Integrated Intel HD Graphics and overall cost would go up a little bit.

Things like DVI/HDMI/USB3 connections aren't that important (really just want the SATA 6 Gb/s). Anyways to my queston - is there any advice out there on which one of these options would be the most compatible with Linux? Has anyone done a recent build with either of these processors and able to offer advice on motherboard selections, etc? Any help or insight would be appreciated. I've sorta talked myself in circles on which one to get. The server requirements are pretty loose so performance isn't a driving factor, mainly just looking for the highest degree of compatibility.
 
Old 03-07-2013, 04:55 AM   #2
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The FX6300 with it 3 modules should show more performance in tasks that can be parallelized, especially when it comes to integer calculations, since it has 6 integer cores. If you need maximum single task performance the i3 should be faster. Linux compatibility shouldn't be a problem with both, both will work fine with the open source video-drivers (the AMD chipset has to have the power profile set manually, though), chipsets are supported and so on.

In your case, where performance isn't a problem, I would go for a AMD solution, possibly even with a FX4000 series CPU instead of the FX6300. When it comes to motherboards it mostly comes down to personal opinion which brand to use, I personally prefer ASUS and Gigabyte.
 
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Thanks. You've reinforced where my research was taking me (even down to the motherboard manufacturer, although I was looking at an ASRock option that offered SATA III and USB 3.0 in a mATX form factor). However, I am unfamiliar with setting the power profile for the ATI chipset. After some searching, I'm guessing this is the "default", "auto", "low", "mid", or "high" option that you can adjust? Which is the preferred setting? Or is it dependent on your use?
 
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However, I am unfamiliar with setting the power profile for the ATI chipset. After some searching, I'm guessing this is the "default", "auto", "low", "mid", or "high" option that you can adjust? Which is the preferred setting? Or is it dependent on your use?
Exactly. If you are using this as a headless server or in basic desktop usage the low setting will generate less heat (and therefore less noise) and save you some money on your electricity bill, especially if the system is running for long periods.
 
  


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