I really need guidance on this, I'm a software guy and not a hardware expert, I can't afford a high end workstation for my home development, therefore, looking for guidance in building the best desktop development machine possible for 1500k.
Approximate Purchase Date: (e.g.: next week)
Budget Range: (1500k)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: the main purpose of the system is to serve as a home software development environment (including server components (see below))
- (software development (java,xml, xslt eclipse), development environment running application J2EE server (JBoss, Oracle WebLogic), running SQL Server))
- (software use: dreamweaver, Flex/Flash development, fireworks, occaisonal photoshop)
- potentially VMWare ( Runnin one instance at a time, which would include the J2EE Server)
- (general use, amateur trader, microsoft office, web browsing, love music (sound is important) & video watching)
- (very little gaming, not important)
Parts Not Required: (keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers)
I don't which motherboard I should be using, PSU or graphic card (always taking in consideration that I'm not a gamer)
Cheap is not what I'm looking for, quality and expandability is important.
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: (1920x1200)
- needs to be a quiet workstation (office is very small)
- some of the applications I build are CPU intensive, while others are memory and I/O intensive.
- need to display on two monitors
- OS will be Windows 7 64 bit
- I would like a case that will provide future expandability
- a cheap ACER Pentuim Dual-Core E5200 @2.50GHz RAM (4GB) (Vista 64-bit)
- doing all the above requirements, however, very slow, and I have tons of java heap issues (rather than upgrading memory, I would rather change for a new build)
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Unless you intend to overclock, you could save $100+ dollars by getting the 2500, which is only 100 Mhz lesser clocked if memory serves. Any modern GPU should run 2 monitors at your chosen resolution....
I`d buy the GTX 460 but anything more than that is a waste since you are not a gamer. I`d go with the haf 922 case. Very quiet and good airflow with lots of room. Any corsair,sea sonic, antec psu over 500W should be good enough. This would be a very solid system for software development and will allow you to do some gaming, if you ever want to.
The power supply resides in a separate chamber of the case to isolate heat and reduce system noise. Three-layer, sound-deadening side panels and front door dampen noise and ensure quiet computing. Case fits quieter CPX form factor PSU's and PSU is will run at half load meaning fan will almost never go on. However an EA-650 would be more than enough for your needs.
newegg.ca is the site for Canada. Go there. Selection & prices are a bit different than those on the US site. JackNaylorPE got everything I'd recommend. Vertex is hands down the minimum I'd get for a SSD. Or Intel if money is no object. Regardless, you should set your IDEs (for programming) to save every 5 mins or better yet, get a UPS that can save all work & safely shut down your pc. So you lose 0 work hours.
For Java, more ram the merrier. 8 gigs is what I'd aim for. Especially if you run VMWARE & 64bit OS.
Since you don't game, you can make use of the integrated graphics in the cpu. Scroll down to Graphics Specifications:
If you insist on P67, which is what I am running (I get my hands wet in coding once in a while in Linux as well as gaming which is the main purpose), then you need a discreet gpu. Any will do. Like this silent card:
By expandability, do you mean upgradability? It's not really up to you or me, but Intel. This time next year I'll probably be looking at Ivy Bridge on my desk if it fits my budget & is available. LGA775 is pretty much dead in that there won't be too many new cpus. Some even say LGA1156 is dead. I think the better way to deal with this non-stop upgrading is to overhaul.
Also if you're buying the case from NCIX, you could save a bit more by switching to this RAM (same specs as your Ripjaws except 1.65V - not as good for overclocking, but I doubt you'll OC your RAM since the 2500K has an unlocked multiplier.)