Optimizing for Data Analysis
First and foremost, I'm sorry that this may be a bit off-topic. While this will ultimately be a Linux-based computer, the question is more hardware related at this point.
I'm currently a student who works on a great deal of data intensive projects, both within research labs and of my own initiative. I run a lot of analysis on my laptop and recently decided to set up a dedicated data analysis system. Now, I have a limited budget, and was wondering if anyone could advise me (or point me to a site or other resource) about what I should be looking for and how I can optimize the system in terms of computing power and budget.