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If you had your bosses money to build workstations and these were the requirements that i've gotten approved so far:

SB i7
z68 mobo (not maximus extreme or anything childish or intense but nice and stable)
8GB ram
~120 GB SSD
~ 1TB storage (reasonably priced)
silent graphics card (~$100 range)
6-800 watt psu (around 100-150)
all in a lian li case and all bought at NewEgg

what would you do?

Edit: budgeted around maybe 1200 max but i consider that a soft number (even though I called it max)
Edited by jdobbs86 - 7/21/11 at 9:45am
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post #2 of 13
how much is the absolute budget there?
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right good point
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jdobbs86;14295055 
right good point

Fascinating budget that is..
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Perfect machine for programming - Mac.

Can run multiple OS's, builtin compilers, built on unix..
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post #6 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by jdobbs86;14294971 
If you had your bosses money to build workstations and these were the requirements that i've gotten approved so far:

SB i7
z68 mobo (not maximus extreme or anything childish or intense but nice and stable)
8GB ram
~120 GB SSD
~ 1TB storage (reasonably priced)
silent graphics card (~$100 range)
6-800 watt psu (around 100-150)
all in a lian li case and all bought at NewEgg

what would you do?

Edit: budgeted around maybe 1200 max but i consider that a soft number (even though I called it max)
However, what kind of coding? Will it be heavily multi-threaded? Will you be doing GPGPU work?



You will not want to overclock so a i7-2600 on a H67 would be good. There are no benefits for selecting the Z68.

Will you be doing any GPU processing? If not, you don't need a video card.

PSU is massively overkill. A quality 400w is plenty.

Spend the extra money on a 27" display.
Edited by DuckieHo - 7/21/11 at 9:52am
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I would make sure you get multiple high res monitors if you don't have them already, a nice mechanical keyboard, and the most comfortable mouse you can find. I don't know how long you've been programming, but those three things are very important for your comfort and productivity.

Unless you're doing graphics programming or want 3+ monitors you won't need any additional GPUs.
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post #8 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by JedixJarf;14295059 
Perfect machine for programming - Mac.

Can run multiple OS's, builtin compilers, built on unix..

This. Totally goes against the hearts of most of us here, but programming is done better on mac.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by JedixJarf;14295059 
Perfect machine for programming - Mac.

Can run multiple OS's, builtin compilers, built on unix..

heck no, are you jokin?
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post #10 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by Johnny Guitar;14295199 
heck no, are you jokin?

He's got a decent point. Mac hits all 3 development environments, potentially.

Still, I think PC will keep him in budget.

@Duckie : very well put. Get a nice intel mobo that is going to put stability over clocks, onboard video and sound (Sandybridge, yum). 400W PCP&C PSU. I'd concentrate on big monitor and redundant HDDs.
    
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