Thursday, October 25, 2007
Back in June, Scott Hanselman and Jeff Atwood embarked on a journey to create the "Ultimate Developer Rig." I followed this with interest because I currently use a laptop for development. The laptop is convenient because I do a reasonable amount of traveling. However, recently I've found myself craving something with more horsepower and am giving serious consideration to moving my main development to a desktop and syncing the laptop for travel.

Without consulting my trophy wife, I decided to check out NewEgg to see what the components of the Ultimate Developer Rig are down to, price-wise. Here's what I found:

Component Old Price New Price
Antec P182 Gun Metal Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $154.99 $139.99
MSI P6N SLI Platinum LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $144.99 $139.99
MSI NX8600GTS-T2D256E-OC GeForce 8600GTS 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail $337.98 $299.98
Western Digital Raptor WD1500ADFD 150GB 10,000 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM $199.99 $179.99
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3500630AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $119.99 $119.99
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80562Q6600 - Retail $531.90 $279.99
Scythe SCMN-1100 100mm Sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail $32.99 $32.99
CORSAIR CMPSU-520HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 520W Power Supply - Retail $129.99 $119.99
Kingston ValueRAM 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model KVR800D2N5K2/2G - Retail $216.98 $157.98
LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with 12X DVD-RAM write and LightScribe Technology Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model LH-20A1H-185 - OEM $33.99 $32.99
  $1,903.79 $1,503.88

I'm absolutely blown away. I mean, we're talking about a price difference of nearly $400. That leaves room for a few choice upgrades like moving to 8GB of ram. All that I have to do now is get my trophy wife to sign off on it.

posted on Thursday, October 25, 2007 9:52:20 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)  #    Comments [5]

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