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The Ultimate Developer Machine 2.0

Pete Brown - 28 July 2010

Scott Hanselman and I have been doing parallel builds of the ultimate developer machine.

Here's the summary of the new bits I bought for this build. I already own the locally bought stuff. The NewEgg items will be here this week.

Category Purchased Price
OS Windows 7 x64 Prices vary
Video Card Sapphire Toxic Radeon HD 5850 (NewEgg) $345
Processor Intel i7-980x 3.33ghz 6core Processor (NewEgg) $1000
Memory Corsair XMS3 6gb kit (x2) (NewEgg) $340 total
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD9 (NewEgg) $479 after combo deal
Primary Storage Crucial C300 256GB SATA III SSD (Purchased Locally) $609 locally
Secondary Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM (Purchased Locally, Retail kit) $79 locally
Power Supply Corsair HX850W 850W 80+ supply (Purchased Locally) $140 on sale locally
Case Cooler Master HAF-X (Purchased Locally) $200
Optical Drive LiteOn iHAS324-98 SATA DVD writer (Purchased Locally) $25 locally
Total   $3217 (not including cooling)

Read more in my full article on this topic

posted by Pete Brown on Wednesday, July 28, 2010
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4 comments for “The Ultimate Developer Machine 2.0”

  1. Hurr Durrsays:
    Radeon? Feel bad for you. ATI is okay when it comes to hardware, but a vidya card is only as good as its drivers, and ATI's drivers are to NVidia's drivers as cowpies are to shoo fly pies.

    ATI's drivers are cow turds, if you didn't get that analogy.
  2. Daniel Augersays:
    I think the Radeon was a good choice. Sure, the new NVidia cards are marginally better performance-wise for the $, but they are loud, hot, and suck power. Both venders have buggy drivers, so it just depends what bugs you can deal with. The only caveat there is that NVidia's linux drivers are are very good, wheras the ATI drivers aren't mature yet.
  3. Petesays:
    It's a real risk, going back to AMD. In the end, I decided because I wanted a single card that would handle 3 displays, wanted lower noise/heat and lower power consumption.

    The nVidia 480 is a really really good card, the best per-wise right now. It's also the hottest and loudest.

    Hopefully I won't hate myself for going this route. If so, well, it's just a video card :)

  4. Defconsays:
    The ati drivers are very good these days, and every month, you get a new WHQL driver, beta driver and hot-fixes! Their driver team is one of the best in the world! You wont regret it Pete.

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