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Best developer machine bang for buck?

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November 18, 2009 2:35:18 PM

Hey,

My boss suggested we upgrade all our development boxes to the best i7 CPU with a 3 disk raid setup.

Anyone care to spec-out the best bang for buck with those requirements?

Thanks,

JVM

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November 18, 2009 2:42:53 PM

This should be pretty academic.

i7-920
Good Air Cooler (Promilatech Megahalems or CoGage True Spirit)
3x Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
Cheaper-End Mobo with a single 16x PCI Slot
Low-end GPU
6 GB RAM


What other components do you need? Case? PSU? OS?
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November 18, 2009 6:49:17 PM

Why don't you get SSDs instead.
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November 18, 2009 7:05:24 PM

+1 for ssd
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November 20, 2009 4:09:01 PM

Thanks all.

We'd be going with Windows 7, case and PSU don't really matter, as long as their adequate.

Our source code/development environment and deployed application clock in at under 2.5 gig.

SSD's are a good suggestion.

What's the best small SSD? The Intel chips seem to be the best, but their sizes are too big for us to justify the cost. Do SSD's still have issues if you fill them up too much they slow down significantly?

Thanks,

JVM
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November 20, 2009 4:20:12 PM

Intel X25-M or X25-E are the best SSDs right now.
SSDs don't slow down if you fill them up. They degrade with writes, reads, and deletes. Basically if you have it as just a boot drive and not saving all your work to it, it would last a little longer.

We have 7 art machines here at work with the X25-M 80gig G2. After 2 months, they are still working fine. I've got one at home too since the release of the G2 and it's still working fine. I play all my games off my Raptor drives though and I run the Intel optimization utility daily.

The Intel SSDs are the hottest thing on the market right now just below the new ATI HD 5800 series cards. They are releasing a new line of SSDs, X25-X which are suppose to be cheaper, but slower (only 170 mb/s, which is still pretty darn fast)
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