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Pricing the Ultimate Developer Rig 7 Months Later

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

It was about 7 months ago when Scott Hanselman and CodingHorror built the Ultimate Developer Rig.

Let's see what the saving are for late adopters...




Antec P182 Gun Metal Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail



MSI P6N SLI Platinum LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail



2 x MSI NX8600GTS-T2D256E-OC GeForce 8600GTS 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Over Clock Edition HDCP Video Card - Retail



Western Digital Raptor WD1500ADFD 150GB 10,000 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM



Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3500630AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM



Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor - Retail



Scythe SCMN-1100 100mm Sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail



CORSAIR CMPSU-520HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 520W Power Supply - Retail



Kingston ValueRAM 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model KVR800D2N5K2/2G - OEM



LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185 - OEM






There is enough headroom now to pick up an extra 2GB of RAM and still put out less than $1500. I call this configuration the Ultimate Developer Rig +2***.

  * Price includes mail-in rebate
 ** Drive is now deactivate, but comparable 500GB drives are still ~$120.00
*** Not to be confused with the Ultimate Rod of Dexterity +2 by you D&D nerds.

Thomas G. Mayfield Tuesday, January 22, 2008
That's down from almost exactly $1500 from when I priced it in late November, which is when it got affordable for me. I'm thinking another 6 months, and I'll have the Even More Ultimate Developer Rig 3. :)
Catto Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Hey Now Ode,
This is a great post, good idea.
Thx 4 the info,
Harry Chou Tuesday, January 22, 2008

This is the most interesting post in months ... What is the lesson here? Rent one?
mel Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Why two video cards for a development rig (the playing games benefit doesn't count)? Use the money on a faster processor or a second 500GB running in raid 1 to assure you don't lose ANY data. just my two cents...
Kevin Dente Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Your memory prices seem high - I'm seeing 4 GB (2x2GB) for less than your price for 2GB.
scott Tuesday, January 22, 2008
@Kevin: good catch.

@mel: The idea (as Fritz explained to me this morning when I said two video cards might be overkill) is to hook up as many large display panels as possible. You put Outlook on one monitor, Visual Studio on a second monitor, some web browsers on a third, etc.

I'm currently using two monitors, but all the cool people have already moved to three or four.

@Harry: yeah, a business lease doesn't look too bad, actually :)

@Thomas: waiting is always an option!
Harold Wednesday, January 23, 2008
The original rig is 4 GB RAM and it looks like the price you have for is for 4 also, right? I'm just about to pull the trigger on this and build one myself.
scott Wednesday, January 23, 2008

It looks like Scott spec'ed out only 2GB. As Kevin pointed out in an earlier comment, 4GB is now a lot cheaper. So cheap, it should be illegal to go with anything less!
Eric D. Burdo Thursday, January 24, 2008
*sigh* If only I had the extra cash...
Ray Monday, February 4, 2008
I just built this machine this past weekend to replace an old one that died after 4 years. Oh well.

These are the prices I paid Newegg:
- Memory: Kingston value RAM KVR800D2N5K2/2G (4G total-2 X $49.99) $99.98
- Motherboard: MSI P6N SLI PLATINUM NF650ISLI $129.99
- Processor: CPU INTEL|C2Q Q6600 2.40G 775 8M R $277.99
- Video: 2 X VGA MSI NX8600GTS-T2D256E-OC R (2 X $139.99) $279.98
- CASE: ANTEC|P182 BK RT $149.99

Total: $1102.91 + $9.30 shipping = $1112.21

The cooler is a different model because the one in the post was out-of-stock. I prefer the original one; it is more compact because the fan doesn't hang off of the side.

I scavenged the hard drives and DVD/CD drive from the dead machine: 2 Raptor drives in a RAID 0 array became my boot device and another 300G drive for additional storage. I also scavenged a floppy drive in order to load up the RAID driver for XP (not ready for Vista yet--long story).

Note: There is a known problem with the MSI P6N when loading 4 X 1G of memory. The machine would not boot into the BIOS (i.e. "black screen") unless I loaded just 2 X 1G. I built the machine using this configuration, flashed the latest BIOS (1.5), and then re-populated the memory. Voila!

I've only been using it for a couple of days, and haven't run through the burn in or overclocking that Jeff describes--yet. The machine "rocks" so far, and it is quieter than the machine I replaced even without the egg-crate foam.
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