This is the first post of a 4-part series:
As a Senior Consultant for Premier Support for Developers with a focus on SharePoint technologies, I mostly work with large environments and large code bases. Having fast development workstations able to support Visual Studio with 50+ projects in a solution and be able to support multiple SharePoint VMs is an absolute must for my work.
While I do not travel to my customer’s sites I work from my dedicated home office and am proud of this work environment. About every three years I build a new development workstation in order to keep up with the latest technologies. Currently I am due for a new workstation and would like to share this build with you.
I spent some time considering whether to build a new physical workstation or use Azure VM. As one of my team mates said “Azure is my workstation.” I love Azure and its capabilities but still decided that a fast and powerful workstation in my home office is the best option for me.
After convincing my wife that “I really need” J a new workstation, I was given a budget of $4,000.
What I am looking for in a new workstation:
Overclocking with stability
Did I mention speed?
To save some of my budget I will reuse existing parts I already own:
2 – 24” BenQ monitors
2 – 22” LG monitors
Crucial M4 512 MB SSD
After extensive research and discussions with my friends here is are the specs I settled on:
By design, I limited my choices to three manufactures: Corsair, Asus and G. Skill. I am hoping this will eliminate any build conflicts. I purchased all items from NewEgg and am now waiting on delivery. With rebates and discounts I am right below my budget.
In my next post I will discuss the actual build of my new workstation. You can expect many pictures as well.