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.
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:
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.