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This this spec excessive for Visual Studio 2008?

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February 14, 2012 9:28:55 AM

Hello,

I need to buy a new computer which will be fast enough to run Visual Studio 2008 in a very responsive manner. At the moment I have a P4 3GHz which takes about a minute to load Visual Studio 2008. Visual Studio 2008 seems to lag a lot on my current system, i.e. I can work faster than the UI, it has to catchup with my mouse clicks and keyboard actions.

I have put together a spec and wanted to know if this spec will be able to run Visual Studio 2008 in a responsive manner and load the program quicker, i.e. maybe 5 seconds to load Visual Studio 2008 and run it without a laggy UI. I also want to know if this spec is excessive for Visual Studio 2008.

The spec:

MB:
Gigabyte GA-PH67-DS3-B3 H67 Socket 1155

CPU:
Intel Core i3 2100 3.10GHz Socket 1155

SSD:
OCZ 120GB Vertex 2 SSD 3.5" SATA-II

RAM:
Corsair 16GB (4X4GB) DDR3 1333Mhz

GPU (2x):
Zotac GT 430 ZONE Edition 1GB DDR3 Dual DVI

Total
$700

I need 2 GPU's because I need 4 monitors. All components not listed above I already have.

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February 14, 2012 10:22:38 AM

Well below are the required specs for running visual studio 2008 so id say that build more than covers you for running it.

Computer with a 1.6 GHz or faster processor

384 MB of RAM or more (768 MB of RAM or more for Windows Vista)

2.2 GB of available hard-disk space

5400 RPM hard drive

1024 x 768 or higher-resolution display

DVD-ROM Drive
February 14, 2012 10:38:12 AM

That is what I don't get, I have a 3GHz processor with 3Gb of RAM in my old system, and it more or less grinds to a hold trying to handle Visual Studio 2008 even after a clean install of the operating system and Visual Studio 2008. I think the spec you've given is the absolute minimum just to run it. I need a spec which will run it smoothly without lag and wanted to know if the spec I have chosen is under spec'd, over spec'd or just right for a lag free Visual Studio 2008?
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February 14, 2012 10:40:02 AM

I would get a SataIII SSD instead, get either a Samsung 830 or Crucial M4.
That 'should' launch it reasonably fast.

I have a Dell T3500 with Intel 320 120GB SataII SSD and some quad core xeon CPU ( 4 cores / 8 threads) and it launches VS2008 in about 3-4 seconds.
So I think you might be close anyway.

It is possible to get 4 outputs from a single card these days, in many cases you have 2 direct DVI's and then both display port and hdmi and all those work at the same time.
HDMI is easy as many cards come with a hdmi->DVI adapter. And then for about $15-20 you can get a display port to DVI adapter. Radeon cards tend to have these, but probably some NVidia cards would do 4 displays as well. You solution probably works as well, but just saying.

If you do a lot of compilation work, then you might want to go for a quad core CPU like the i5 2400 (~$190) ( well or i7 2600 ($290) if you do a LOT of compilcation )
But overall i think the SSD will bring you the responsiveness you are looking for and unless the projects you build are huge, then you will do just fine with the dual core + hyper threading CPU.

February 14, 2012 10:57:03 AM

For about 2 dollars more, I have found a SSD III, but it's a 2.5" drive instead of a 3.5" drive. Will I have issues fitting that into a 3.5" internal bay? Anyway, thanks for your feedback. I'm not too worried about the compilation processing power/speed of projects. As long as it loads up fast and the UI of Visual Studio 2008 can keep up with me (i.e. be responsive), I'll be more than happy.

Is it possible to reduce the cost/spec but at the same time not reduce the responsiveness of Visual Studio 2008?
February 14, 2012 11:29:25 AM

oshirowanen said:
For about 2 dollars more, I have found a SSD III, but it's a 2.5" drive instead of a 3.5" drive. Will I have issues fitting that into a 3.5" internal bay? Anyway, thanks for your feedback. I'm not too worried about the compilation processing power/speed of projects. As long as it loads up fast and the UI of Visual Studio 2008 can keep up with me (i.e. be responsive), I'll be more than happy.

Is it possible to reduce the cost/spec but at the same time not reduce the responsiveness of Visual Studio 2008?


Which SSD is it? Some of the 2.5" come with 3.5" mounting brackets, worth a check on the sellers site. If not you can get a bracket for about £5.

If im honest i have my 2.5 ssd mounted in a 3.5 bay with it just screwed in on one side, never had any issues with it lol.
February 14, 2012 11:59:26 AM

It's the CSSD-F120GB3-BK. Might have to copy your idea of single sided screws! just had a thought, would it fit better into a floppy disk drive bay? Aren't they 2.5"?
February 14, 2012 12:18:02 PM

Floppys are 3.5" im afraid, do you move or transport your case a lot?

If not and it just sits like mine then one sided screws or my other 2.5" drive, just resting on the floor of the case.

Just remember them if you want to move it though! lol
February 14, 2012 12:19:42 PM

Well, just looked up your SSD, strangely its exactly the same as i have. Mine came with a bracket but i imagine that could change from one retailer to the next. You'll just have to see.
February 14, 2012 12:47:41 PM

Thanks for the replies. I think this thead is solved.
February 14, 2012 7:48:13 PM

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