I have described my main working machines in my SharePoint 2013 development machine book.
Last Friday, I was busy compiling a big project in my consulting life. I realized, it takes a good 5-10 minutes for the project to compile and deploy. On my main desktop, I was pimping 24G of RAM and a Core i7 930 processor. The problem wasn’t those 5-10 minutes, the problem was, I got distracted, started watching funny dog videos on youtube, and well – lost time, lost track of what I was doing. Quite unproductive.
Secondly, I couldn’t run more than 1 SP2013 VM at a time. Very frequently, I would want to boot another VM, copy some stuff over, and oh booting a SP2013 VM, getting it to function was a good 3-5 minutes.
I noticed that most of the time being consumed was actually the processor being pegged.
So, I got in my car, drove to a local hardware store, and bought new computer parts. 3 hours later, I have my new rig running. I now have a gigabyte x79 up4 motherboard, Corei7 3930K processor, and 64G of RAM.
- That project now builds in 10 seconds.
- SP2013 VM ready to use in about 30 seconds.
- And when it runs, it’s a whole lot nicer to use.
Overall, I’m quite happy I did this. Laptop is still at 32G though, no way to fix that with the current technology spectrum at least.