I'm going to buy a new workstation to be used at home. I telecommute a lot, so I do a lot of programming at home, which means keeping websites, manuals, virtual machines, email, emacs etc. open at the same time. I'm putting a fairly low budget here, because it's a waste to pay more than needed if this budget is possible.
Budget: <$1500 (after whatever rebates, but I prefer not to waste my time mailing stuff)
- Lots of memory (multiple running VMs etc.)
- nvidia graphics
- silent, so no crazy fans on graphics card
- 2 or 3 monitors, probably 24" with 1920x1080 resolution.
My location: Philadelphia, USA
Some of the stuff I've been doing lately has involved QT UI programming and I'm thinking of learning OpenGL properly. For this reason, I'd like a GPU that supports the newest OpenGL 4.3 standard, but I don't really have many other requirements in terms of graphics. I'm running Linux, so I need an nvidia chip for solid OpenGL support on the platform.
A 24" 1080p monitor is going to be $150-200 each, not leaving all that much room for your rig. Not even including the monitors your going to be cutting it close if you want a powerful rig. I'm afraid you might have to up your budget.
It was my understanding that Radeon cards are better than Nvidia when it comes to OpenCL/GL applications.
And that Nvidia was known for its bad Linux support, even causing Linus Torvalds to outright insult Nvidia.
Nvidia has far superior support on Linux if you use their closed source driver. The reason why Linus doesn't like them is that they don't provide any documentation or help for the development of open source drivers, so the open source support is awful.
Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next 6 weeks
Budget Range: $1500 (I could go up to around $3000 if I wanted...)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Programming, VMs. I never game.
Are you buying a monitor: Yes, 2 or 3
Do you need to buy OS: No
Location: Philadelphia, PA, USA
SLI or Crossfire: No
Just to add that running VMs for software testing purposes requires really just memory, not much CPU power. I should be able to get by with a sub $150 nvidia 600-series card as long as it can support 3 monitors.