I recently just switched from a career in accounting to computer science. Long story short, I'll be starting a long path towards getting a computer science graduate degree soon.
Since I was a kid I've always wanted to build my own pc - I know you can build them to last longer, and get more for your money. But right now this seems like such a daunting task. Years ago, I was on top of everything and could have done it easily but never pulled the trigger.
So I need a computer for the following things:
Possibly developing applications
With both Linux and Windows - if possible on two separate hard-rives
And with the option of using the Linux hard rive for web development...
I'm also considering possible using a windows server development environment instead of a lamp, whichever is more clever, as I'm fresh on both. So maybe each hardrive will have a different windows os....although I hear that windows is failing in the server department.
I don't know if I should spend 1,500 on one computer, or 800 on two computers.....I'd rather just have one computer for 1,500...although I'm willing to go up to 2,000 if need be - if someone shows me some good hardware set ups.
I was also wondering if anyone good drop a parts list for me or give me some tips or make some suggestions.
windows home server is fine by iteself but the problem is that the license costs around 1800 dollars (well in canada). better off just using Linux as it is free. the drawback is that nvidia hates Linux so running linux with a geforce GPU might be a problem. then again you can use onboard video for that purpose
ill set the system up using 2 hard drives and a SSD. one hard drive can be used for Linux while the other one can be used for Windows Storage. the SSD is specifically for the Windows OS as it is the one that needs the speed
Wow. You just saved me a month of catching up on hardware. Thanks a mucho. I'm going to take brief look at the products and user reviews and place orders in soon. I'll probably be back should I run into any issues. Thanks for the heads up on the licensing fees...that's a huge issue right now. I need to learn a linux/unix based os anyways. Thanks a billion. I'm probably going witht he overclocking and upgradability set-up.
Well....right now I have an accounting job, but when I switch over into computer science I'm considering project management, general theory -to become a professor, and or programming.....
Computer science is more theory based
I.t. is more hands on...
and I've heard that software engineering is mostly software and more programming intsensive?
I think it goes like this
On the software extreme, you have software engineering
On the hardware extreme, you have more IT
and in the middle you have computer science?
There are millions of things you can do with computer science...
Bioinformatics, software design etc....the main reason I'm choosing this is so as not to pigeon whole myself into something....it's more of a generalist degree...but I could specialize in certain things....like project management, which is less about coding and more about management.
It just depends what you want to do...I would go by what you want and think you can do rather than what you're already good at, if what you're good at isn't something you want to do...you can train and learn new skills...
Some people say school is for fools, but it just depends...what are your opportunities. If you can go to school and stay focused, a computer science degree looks great in any respect....you could use it to be a trader - it looks better than finance, or you could go into software design...
Most of it depends on your university....here's an example of what one university may offer..that isn't hard to get into but still relatively comprehensive. My experience is going to a top notch university isn't necessarily the best idea - big fish get noticed in small ponds easier...I'd rather go to a school with smaller classrooms and a big budget with a comfortable building or room rather than a big state school with desks built for small people....
Can I ask about the SSD? They weren't really around before. Is this basically a hard-rive with a super kick? Would I install windows on the ssd...and then linux on the other hd? So is the SSD basically a hard-rive?