# Monday, June 08, 2009

A little over a year ago I was in the market for a new desktop for doing development at home.  I looked at the usual places Dell, Best Buy, etc. and found to get something that I thought would be a good developer rig I would have to spend more than $1,500.  I have always wanted to build my own rig so I decided to take the leap.  At that time I didn’t have a blog or an audience for that matter so I just speck’d out and built a developer rig in my little bubble.

Of course any good internet savvy person the first thing I did was Google “Build developer rig” and the first link that popped up was for the the machine Scott Hanselman built with the help of Jeff Atwood.  This machine speck’d out at $2k…so not in my budget.  After a dozen or more dead-end links I devised a plan.  I was going to go to NewEgg and build a rig strictly on price and reviews.  In the end all turned out very well.  So, getting to the point…

A couple of weeks ago my good friend Michael Wheeler told me he was looking to build/buy a new developer rig.  So being the helpful guy I am I went back to NewEgg and speck’d out another developer machine using the same method…and in thanks Michael let me do the build as well.  In part one I am just going to list the specs for 2 reasons.  First, I want to finish up my series on Nerd Dinner for the real world.  Second, I Tweeted about the build and price point and received a number of reply’s interested in the specs.  I did take detailed notes and pictures of the build and all of that will be detailed in part 2.

The interesting specs are…

    • 2.6 ghz AMD Quad Core (easily oc’d to 3ghz +)
    • 8 gigs of Dual Channel DDR2 1066 ram
    • 512 mb Radeon Graphics
    • 500 gb 7200 rpm os drive
    • 1 tb 7200 rpm data drive
    • 680 watt power supply
    • Dual 22” monitors

 !!!!!! Oh yeah....a Windows Experience Index of 5.8.

So here are the exact components used to build the machine.

Grand Total = $983.89 (not including tax or shipping)

posted on Monday, June 08, 2009 1:38:00 AM (Central Daylight Time, UTC-05:00)  #    Comments [8]
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Great stuff!

I'm looking for a developer PC also and found your set-up very interesting.

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