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I would like to know which is the best kind of computer for a gaming programmer and if anyone can lead me in the right direction between Linux and Windows I would greatly appreciate it.
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what is your price range?
post #3 of 7
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I don't really have a price range that I have to stick too
post #4 of 7
Build your own is always better than buying a full on one. I'm assuming you know how to do that or can learn easy of you're a programmer. It'll cost less and generally run better (and fill you with self satisfaction).
Programming and compiling code is CPU heavy, but I don't know if multiple core would give you an advantage since I'm not a programmer myself. At least an i5, 2500k like most people get, i7 if you can afford, and if you can use the extra cores.
Other than that, jus grab yourself a mobo, 8+ gb of ram, and a decent or better graphics card that tickles your fancy. Don't forget the other stuff, heat sync cooler, psu, and whatever else you need.


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Update:

As a programmer it is pretty much essential to be able to run windows for programs like MS Visual Studio and features like DirectX. However, a Linux environment can be superior in some cases, so dual booting both is usually the best option.

In terms of parts, I recommend a solid CPU, quad core is about what you want. You could live with a dual core CPU no problem (especially with hyperthreading), but the price difference is small enough that the extra performance is worth it. Definitely get a reliable motherboard that has some bells and whistles -- as you learn more about computers you will want the extra features. 2500k is most likely a good fit.

RAM is a huge trap that people throw money in too and never get any actual performance out of. Get 6 to 8 gb of high performance RAM (DDR3, 1600 Mhz) and you will never need to buy more.

Definitely spend the money on a good graphics card, screen resolutions are going to increase rapidly over the next few years and as a programmer you need to be able to view the graphics that are going to be used on the applications/websites/etc that you will be creating. Not to mention that being able to watch HD video and play some games without lag is always a good thing. A GeForce 560TI is probably more than you need, but I think a GTX 460 would be perfect.

Case is also vital. As a student you may want the ability to lock down the case to prevent theft, or a small form factor so it is easy to place and move. Keep in mind that smaller cases = more annoying to upgrade and build, and also more heat.

Overall, I would say your ideal computer has a high storage capacity, is able to dual boot windows and linux, has reliable parts, a great CPU and a decent GPU. A quality case that will last through multiple generations of components is also something to look for.

-Dtfgator
Edited by dtfgator - 3/20/12 at 6:11pm
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Update:

As a programmer it is pretty much essential to be able to run windows for programs like MS Visual Studio and features like DirectX. However, a Linux environment can be superior in some cases, so dual booting both is usually the best option.

In terms of parts, I recommend a solid CPU, quad core is about what you want. You could live with a dual core CPU no problem (especially with hyperthreading), but the price difference is small enough that the extra performance is worth it. Definitely get a reliable motherboard that has some bells and whistles -- as you learn more about computers you will want the extra features. 2500k is most likely a good fit.

RAM is a huge trap that people throw money in too and never get any actual performance out of. Get 6 to 8 gb of high performance RAM (DDR3, 1600 Mhz) and you will never need to buy more.

Definitely spend the money on a good graphics card, screen resolutions are going to increase rapidly over the next few years and as a programmer you need to be able to view the graphics that are going to be used on the applications/websites/etc that you will be creating. Not to mention that being able to watch HD video and play some games without lag is always a good thing. A GeForce 560TI is probably more than you need, but I think a GTX 460 would be perfect.

Case is also vital. As a student you may want the ability to lock down the case to prevent theft, or a small form factor so it is easy to place and move. Keep in mind that smaller cases = more annoying to upgrade and build, and also more heat.

Overall, I would say your ideal computer has a high storage capacity, is able to dual boot windows and linux, has reliable parts, a great CPU and a decent GPU. A quality case that will last through multiple generations of components is also something to look for.

-Dtfgator
This.

I would say the same as him about ram but forgot to go into detail about it. 8 seems to be the magic number nowadays, and 1600mhz 2x4gb runs about 40-50$.
I would say the same about the video card. I would also say consider gtx 570 for a big quality boost over 560ti with minor price difference.

And I agree with him strongly on mobo and case too


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Here's a sim~build $1000, if you cant wait for the ivy bridge core i5 3570K + z77 motherboard in late april

cpu Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 ~ $220 free shipping

hsf COOLER MASTER Hyper 212+ ~ $30 free shipping

pcb ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 ~ $122+$8 = $130 shipped

ram Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 Model 996995 ~ $40 free shipping

ssd Patriot Pyro PP60GS25SSDR 2.5" 60GB SATA III MLC ~ $97 - $25MIR =$72 free shipping

hdd Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive ~ $110 free shipping

odd LG 22X Super-Multi DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH22NS90B - OEM ~ $16 free shipping

psu Rosewill Green Series RG630-S12 630W Continuous @40°C 80+ ~ $60 free shipping

case COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ~ $ 60+$5-$10MIR = $55 shipped

gpu PowerColor AX7850 2GBD5-2DH Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card ~ $260+7= $267 shipped


Total ~ $1000 after rebate

the setup is intel i5 2500K bang for the buck gaming cpu until IV come, if you want to OC later a bang for the buck cpu cooler hyper212 is included, 8GB 1600 is enough for you needs SB sweetspot memory, 1 TB for your storage, a 630W of 80+ certified power supply to keep your rig going xfire capable, and xfire capable motherboard in all matte black / gold cap, & the latest mid~range 7850 videocard, that dethrones its brother 6950 in performance.
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