A large portion of my time and my developers' time is spent in Eclipse, working on fairly large Java / EE projects deploying to Tomcat or JBoss (and REPEATEDLY restarting our local app servers for code changes).
I am convinced that a lot of the time spent building and/or booting JBoss could be reduced with a Solid State Disk, but I am curious if anyone else here has found that out. I have a SAS 15k RPM drive, which is as fast as I can get, but I am not satisfied with 18-20 second JBoss boot times and 60 second workspace rebuilds, when I have 4GB RAM and 3Ghz+ Core 2 Extreme processors.
So, anyone here have any ideas about building a new PC tuned specifically for complex Java projects? I know a good deal about hardware, but since the type of hardware I am considering is expensive, I'm nervous about dumping 3k into a test station before finding out how effective it is.
I am thinking:
1) Quad core might help? How multithreaded is Eclipse build process?
2) SSD may help, and I am hoping someone here is running SSD, especially with a RAID config.