My new high-performance (2nd) Dev Box

I am currently working on a project that is using an (unnamed) Content Management System that refuses to install on Windows Vista, due mainly to IIS and Index Server security issues. So, I tried the Virtual Machine approach, and while that was OK, it just wasn't fast enough. And that was a 2 processor Windows Server 2003 VM with 2GB of memory. So, having built an Intel vPro® desktop system for $599 at Intel's latest Channel Partner workshop last fall, and watched my wife enjoy all of its speed running Vista Ultimate, I searched out most of the components for myself. I already had a Western Digital 74GB Raptor 10,000 RPM SATA II hard drive from my server spares drawer (add $149.99 for an OEM 74 GB drive or, better yet, $169.99 for a 150 GB drive from NewEgg, and there are frequent rebates and specials). I didn't need a monitor or keyboard/mouse because my intent was to run the new box headless over full-screen RDP from my nice 22" monitored workstation running Vista Ultimate 64-bit. Add $150 or so for a nice widescreen monitor and keyboard/mouse and you have a standalone system.

Because of the aforementioned Vista Issues, this is a Windows XP Pro SP2 (soon to be SP3) box. Here's the cost breakdown from my NewEgg WishList. This is a very sweet little box. It takes about 45 minutes to assemble if you've done any recent builds at all. Software installation takes a whole lot longer, but I already had an old XP dev box Acronis True Image disk image that I used to seed this build (but that's the subject of another post). PC Wizard 2008 reports a performance index on this build of nearly 18,000, and that's with integrated shared-memory graphics from the on-board Intel GMA3100! Plus, I was able to install Visual Studio 2008 side-by-side with Visual Studio 2005, and do my development for this project in Visual Studio 2008 with all of that CSS sweetness.

Product Description Unit Price Savings Total Price
IN WIN IW-BL631.300BLP Black Steel MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case - Retail
Model #: IW-BL631.300BLP
Item #: N82E16811108065
$58.99   $58.99
Intel BOXDQ35JOE LGA 775 Intel Q35 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Model #: BOXDQ35JOE
Item #: N82E16813121094
$129.99   $129.99
Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80557E6850 - Retail
Model #: BX80557E6850
Item #: N82E16819115028
$279.99   $279.99
G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-2GBNQ - Retail
Model #: F2-6400CL5D-2GBNQ
Item #: N82E16820231098
$84.99 -$40.00 Instant   $44.99
LG Electronics Black LG Super Multi 18x SATA DVD Burner GSA-H62NK, 10x DVD+/-R DL, 6x DVD-RW, 8x DVD+RW, 12x DVD-RAM - OEM
Model #: GSA-H62NK
Item #: N82E16827136120
$28.99   $28.99
Antec 761345-75080-6 80mm Case Fan - Retail
Model #: 761345-75080-6
Item #: N82E16835209001
$5.99   $5.99


Bob Baker

posted @ Sunday, January 13, 2008 4:00 PM



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