Ultimate Developer Workstation 2009

Last fall, I put together a NewEgg wishlist for a new 64 bit machine that I built.  I tweeted about it, but evidently didn’t make a blog post.  The main purpose of this machine is to run Server 2008 in Workstation mode with IIS7 and SQL 2008.  The specs are as follows:

The NewEgg wishlist for the original parts I ordered are here: http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=7107905

I had planned on using a case I had already, but the 240w power supply just wasn’t enough for what I had planned. The case I picked up is this one from Apevia, however it is now discontinued at NewEgg.  Now that I had all this room in the new case, I purchased a second 640GB hard drive (they are mirrored for SQL/Data redundancy), a 170GB Western Digital SATA 3.0 drive to be the system drive since the Raptors were out of stock at the time, a PCI to IDE card to mount up some old EIDE hard drives I had with old music/video on them and a 16x DVD ROM. I also picked up a PNY GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0×16 video card to drive the two LG 22″ monitors I already had.

I saw Steve Smith’s Tweet about his blog post for the Ultimate Dev Workstation for 2009, so I updated my created a new list using the original build list as basis.  Like his Ultimate Dev workstation build list before, I found that the motherboard, case, video card and DVD drive were all no longer carried by NewEgg just a few months later.  Fortunately, there are newer, cheaper and faster components available.  Do note that I could have gone with a faster quad-core processor, however to get to 3.0GHz was almost double the price, so I didn’t think it was warranted.  Feel free to make your own substitutions though.

The new systems has the following specs:

The NewEgg wishlist for that build is here: http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=12168548  Total price for everything (without monitors) is $1,416.33 (plus shipping).  Not too shabby considering the grunt this thing will have.

Note: I have not actually built this second machine yet, so I’m not 100% sure the components are solid, but since they are mainly based on my previous build, should be compatible.  This was one of Steve Smith’s requests for his list.  I think I’ll be putting this together after I get my tax return, so I’ll let you know how it goes.