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Core i3 configuration to run Visual Studio etc.

Posted on 2014-09-18
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Hi,

I need few desktop class computers for the development team that will work on Visual Studio, SQL Server developers edition.

Looking for i3 based configuration, please advice.

Regards
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by:Sir Learnalot
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Why specifically i3? i5's are pretty cheap now adays... You have alot of options really... How many members make up your development team? Another option might even be to just purchase 1 server and make a bunch of VM's for each user.... at that point all you would need is terminal devices for each user (mouse, keyboard, monitor, network, license, e.t.c.)
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Will they be accessing a remote server to perform their SQL work or will they be using SQL server locally on each desktop?
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Hey there,
Thanks for the response.

i3, because the management wants, have no say on this.
VMs not needed.

They will be using SQL Server Developer edition on local machine. They will be connecting an app server too remotely which is a XEON Server class machine.

I'll appreciate specific i3 model number and motherboard model number.

Thanks
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SQL server is a heavy resource demanding application... So I would put forth the suggestion of going for i5's but if your absolutely locked to i3's I would suggest the i3 4370 3.8Ghz processor. Found a good price here.

This being a LGA1150 socket processor, there are a range of motherboards available... it really depends on your needs. How much RAM are you planning on putting on each desktop? The ASUS Maximus VI Hero Z87 is an example of an extremely good 1150 socket motherboard, but highly unlikely to be required in a work setting... The ASRock H87M PRO4/ASM mATX is probably a better motherboard for an office and being mini-atx allows it to sit in a smaller case...

Hope this helps :) If it does, please mark it as the solution. Have a great weekend!
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Thanks.
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Because of the availability issues of 4370 through the current vendor, we had to settle for:
cpu i3 4130
Motherboard 87rl
With 8 GB CorsAir DDR3 1600 MHz
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Glad it pointed you in the right direction and things worked out. Enjoy the rest of your week and good luck with the configuration!
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