I was looking at Scott Hanselman's "Ultimate Developer Rig" blog post (see http://www.hanselman.com/blog/TheCodingHorrorUltimateDeveloperRigThrowdownPart2.aspx) and wanted to get additional perspectives on the ideal technical specs (as of now) for a high performance developer workstation.
I would like to run 64 bit Windows Server (so that we can develop web apps and web services in the same settings as their target deployment server) with enough power to run multiple memory hungry apps at once: - several instances of Visual Studio team suite (i.e several instances of the debugger) - SQL Server - IIS/ASP.NET, WCF service - A UML diagramming tool, - Adobe Photoshop - etc.
What would be the recommended CPU these days? Is an Intel 2 Quad the way to go? I was thinking of a minimum of 8gb of memory. Is that enough or should I consider more to start with?
What about video cards and disk drives? Thanks in advance.