I am happy to report that I am typing this post on my new homebrew workstation. It sure does feel snappy!
Vitals: AMD Opteron 165 (dual core), 4-GB ECC RAM, 500-GB RAID5 storage (hot-swap trays), Fedora Core 4 Linux (workstation install). I went with the AMD Opteron because of the on-chip memory controllers and better I/O architecture.
Here’s a snapshot taken halfway through the assembly process:
The heat-pipe system that AMD provided to remove heat from the Opteron 165 reminds me of the exhaust systems on top-fuel funny cars:
Dig that shiny copper!