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Programmer's PC build

Fasten
  • 54 months ago

As a Software Engineering student, my regular work-mode includes several demanding programs opened at one time, usually:

  • an IDE (MS Visual Studio, IntelliJ IDEA, JetBrains CLion, Android Studio or Eclipse)
  • a planning/UML-sketching app (like MS Visio)
  • a web browser (Mozilla or Chrome)
  • several large .docx, .pdf and/or .pptx documents.
  • Skype (mostly IM, but also with voice/video calls and screen-sharing)

at the very least, and Game Maker, Unity, OrCAD EDA or one of the faculty's simulators from time to time. Such paralel activities are occasionally a bit too much for my lap-top, so I'm looking for a PC build that will be up to the challenge. The question is:

What are the basic requirements for a programmer's PC build?

After an inconclusive forum-searching (what's good for some people, in an overkill for others), this is what I gathered as a general opinion:

CPU:    i5 to i7 processor (2.4GHz to 3.2GHz, Quad-Core to Octa-Core)
GPU:    integrated graphics
RAM:    2x4GB to 4x4GB
SSD:    64GB to 128GB // OS and IDEs
HDD:    500GB to 1TB

What is a bare minimum for an average programmer, given my work-mode as a refference?

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  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor $249.99 @ Micro Center
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $28.54 @ Amazon
Motherboard ASRock Z97M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $94.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Kingston HyperX Fury Black 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $69.99 @ SuperBiiz
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $77.88 @ OutletPC
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $45.88 @ OutletPC
Case Deepcool TESSERACT SW ATX Mid Tower Case $43.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA GS 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $74.99 @ Amazon
Optical Drive Lite-On iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer $12.99 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) $94.99 @ Adorama
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $794.22
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-12-11 13:07 EST-0500

Here's good option all around.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

A bit of an overkill, but neatly fits into my 650€ budget (Microsoft gives us software), so I think it'll need only a bit of tweaking. :) Thanks!

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah well you never stated a budget so just went for an all around build

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