This is no longer a workstation upgrade discussion, it was decided that for our goals it made much more sense to approach this with a fresh perspective and test new technology for the cando pipeline, this will be documented at Hadoop/GPU Cluster.
With a surplus of mini towers from the early fp farm members, we can re-purpose a few or these as reconditioned workstations.
There are a few projects that could benefit from GPU processing, so whatever upgrade path we take we ought to make sure the new workstations have suitable ATI graphics cards.
- mother board: Asus M4N68T-M V2 ($80)
- CPU AMD X6 1090T ($230)
- 4GB RAM ($60)
- 1x2TB drive ($100)
- Radeon HD 5670 512MB ($85) <-- I don't know if this will work for any GPU processing, need more opinions