I'm a web developer and am planning to build a system for work. I'll use the machine as:
1. A development machine - Always used programs include - Windows 7, Outlook, Visual Studio, Sql Server Manager, Lots of web browser windows
Occasionally used programs include - IIS, Photoshop, Flash, MS Office, MySQL Workbench 2. A Test server - Programs include IIS 7, SQL Server, MySql and the computer will always be on
I frequently work remote so will probably remote desktop to the computer 50% of the time.
Approximate Purchase Date: 1 week to a month
Budget Range: $600-800 After Rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Development machine (quickly open and efficiently run programs), Test Server
Parts Not Required: I have all external peripherals (keyboard, mouse, monitors)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: Quality parts that will last with an always on machine
Overclocking: Probably not
SLI or Crossfire: Not sure
Monitor Resolution: 22" monitor (1440x900). Will likely go with a dual monitor set up at some point
Additional Comments: A quiet pc would be nice but I wouldn't mind a little bit of fan noise. I'm leaning towards a SSD because I want the applications to load quick and I don't need a ton of space (128 - 200GB should be fine)
I dont think youll need a graphics card, even for 2 monitors. you can always add one later, but your tasks do not typically require one. A 400w psu will be more than enough, even if you were to add a moderately powerful graphics card.
is the i5-2400 overkill for you needs? would a phenom ii 955 be fine? imo, if youre willing to spend the extra money ($200+) for the performance of an SSD, its silly not to go for the vastly better processor. the vertex 3 is the fastest ssd available, definitely not a requirement for your needs, but it fits in the budget. imo, if youre going to pay $220 for a fast drive, pay $250 and get the fastest drive.
very cool, thanks for the help and recommendations genghiskron. I would rather go for a better processor and even if it's requires waiting to purchase the SSD. I figure SSD's are dropping in price and I'd rather get a CPU that is going to last a few years. Is there a significant performance gain with SSD with opening programs and running 10gb database backup and restores?
Would there be two ports for dual monitors, or would I need a USB video card?
Another newbie question is what about a NIC card, or is there a port on most cases?
One thing I was thinking about doing is getting a smaller 64gb SSD for ~$120 and loading the OS and all of the program files on that drive. I'd also get the DVD Drive / HDD that genghiskron recommended so would have the HDD for extra storage if needed.