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I'm really getting tired of waiting for computers to do things; boot, shutdown, open Visual Studio, build. I feel like I spend more time waiting for the computer to do something then actually getting work done and this is very frustrating. I like my laptop and unfortunately it's not dual core, but I've decided that for the amount of mobility that I need it can still handle the job. What I do what to do is build a new desktop development box that I can use when working in the office since this is where I do most of my work, outside of the day job anyways. I've gotten a bit out of touch with the hardware world lately so I was hoping to solicit some feedback in a few areas. Here is a list of the general specs I've laid out.


Quad Core Processor – I realize that this is still a bit vague since some argue that a dual core with a faster speed is better that a slower quad core, but I hope to get the fastest quad core processor for a reasonable price when I make the purchase.

Motherboard – This is where I've gotten a bit rusty. Does anyone have any suggestions on brands and specs that I want to look for?

Vista Ultimate 64 bit – Yeah, Yeah don't do it, Vista sucks. I'm going to do it anyways.

4GB of RAM – Anything important here besides speed and response time?

16-30GB Solid State Hard Drive – This one I think is the sweet spot. The last moving part on the computer is the hard drive and common sense says that means it's the real bottleneck. I hope to get a small solid state hd that will hold the OS, VS2008, and maybe Office depending on price vs size. My one issue here is I haven't seen any 3.5 inch solid state drives.

Large Secondary Hard Drive – A regular SATA hard drive to handle everything else that isn't used all the time. I'm thinking a WD Raptor for this.

Video Card(s) – Yet again I'm going to need to do some research here or get some feedback. What specs do I need to look for here?

2 X 22 inch Widescreen Monitors – I haven't decided on anything specifics here, I just know I want 2 that are exactly the same so they are at the same level.

Case – A really, really quiet case. This is going to involve research too.


Any feedback that anyone has would be great.


Monday, April 7, 2008 9:01:36 PM (Central Daylight Time, UTC-05:00)  #    Comments [3] - Trackback - Save to - Digg This! - Follow me on Twitter
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Monday, April 7, 2008 10:45:13 PM (Central Daylight Time, UTC-05:00)
Just go grab one of these and call it a day, Vista will run fine.
Friday, April 25, 2008 5:01:57 PM (Central Daylight Time, UTC-05:00)
It's almost May and I'm curious what is going on in the "Year of Dave" I just tell people Dave's not home man :)
Nice Pinball Machine. I'm looking for a steal on Arcade classics such as Star Castle, Tron, & Terminator. Shipping is a pain however. Well If you get free time come visit me in Seattle where I'll have beer ready.


Don Osborn
Saturday, April 26, 2008 10:08:17 PM (Central Daylight Time, UTC-05:00)
At this point I would say that the year of Dave has been a bit of a failure. I guess it's not a good idea to rely on internet strangers to suggestion things to do. Any chance you know Bill Gates and can get me a tour of the Microsoft campus or better yet a nice rich VC that would like to invest in my startup?
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