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Developer Rig - Visual Studio 2005 - Suggestions?

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October 27, 2008 9:03:29 PM

Ok, it's time for me to consider a new rig for my developer needs.

I am a straight Microsoft developer with Visual Studio (2003 and 2005) with SQL 2000 and 2005.

I am currently running this on a Windows 2003 Server OS - I am willing to stay on this unless Vista makes more sense.

My real questions:

Stick with Win2K3 (like I have now) or look at Vista? I only do web development work and 32-bit at that. No 64 bit stuff, but I am not opposed to moving to a 64bit processor.

Is a quad core worth it for development work?

Can someone take a crack at suggesting a build out that will be around $1200 (no monitor needed - I already have one)?

No gaming required - I have a gaming rig just for that. Obviously basic sound for watching video tutorials, etc.

No graphic work - such as encoding, etc. Although I may want to learn Silverlight in the near future - not sure what impact this would have.

Will 8 GB really be that much better than 4GB? I only have 1 now, so it'll be dramatic just getting a fast CPU and 4GB!

HD can be around 750GB - I've got plenty of NAS space, so local space is not a big concern.

So much info in this forum revolves around gaming rigs (which is great!) I am a bit at a loss for a quality developer rig (also, I have not built a new system since 2002). I am *really* out the loop with these dual core this and quad core that. :) 

Thanks all!

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October 27, 2008 9:12:29 PM

#1 - Q6600 Processor
#2 - 8GB of RAM
#3 - Multiple HDDs
#4 - Dual 19" Monitors
#5 - Copy of VMware Workstation

Windows 2003 Server 64-Bit Edition. (Less Overhead than Vista)

You will use VMWare for Virtual Servers and Clients to test your applications.

October 28, 2008 3:21:49 PM

Specs for a development platform don't come anywhere near what's recommended for a gaming platform. Recommended system requirements for MS SQL 2005 (from Microsoft's web site) still list a single core 1GHz (or higher) processor and 512 Meg of RAM (or more). Visual Studio 2005 only requires a single core 600 MHz processor. Plain and simple, you just don't need a $1200 system.

On the other hand, I was looking at building a server to run Windows 2008 and SQL 2008 (I'm a developer as well) just yesterday. I'd also include Hyper-V for running guest OSes like Server 2003 and SQL 2005, Vista Business, and XP Pro. This is what I came up with as a first run:

LIAN LI Black Aluminum PC-C37B Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case (I just like the smaller case size)
GIGABYTE GA-MA74GM-S2 AM2+/AM2 AMD 740G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Antec earthwatts EA380 380W
AMD Phenom 9850 BLACK EDITION 2.5GHz
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800
Scythe SCSK-1000 100mm "SHURIKEN" CPU Cooler

Total Cost comes to about $480 + S&H

I already have a hard drive I'd use, but you can add a 640GB SATA 3.0 Drive for $75 more. I was looking to keep my build under $500, but you could swap out the AMD based system with an Intel based Core2Quad system. Also up the RAM from 4 to 8 GB, but again, this build was for me and my intended multiple Virtual Machine loads in mind. You could probably get away with a far less system for less money.

-Wolf sends
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October 29, 2008 1:17:34 AM

I'm am leaning towards sticking with the Q6600 and running Win2k3 64-bit.

This is what I have in mind. Any thoughts as to problems or suggested alternatives?

LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model GH22NP20 - OEM

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

Antec EA650 650W ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

OCZ Gold 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Quad kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2G8008GQ - Retail

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor Model BX80562Q6600 - Retail

XFX PVT84JYAJG GeForce 8600 GT 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

Total (before MIR): $747.87
After MIR: $677.87

October 29, 2008 8:29:45 AM

Looks good to me.

-Wolf sends