Description

As a software developer for many years, I've learned that the best workflow happens when you have lots of screen real estate. Productivity is simply so much higher when you don't have to shuffle windows around and all the relevant information is visible at the same time. So for years, I've dreamed of working on a triple-head system, but didn't have the opportunity to build such a system until recently. Let's just say I'm enjoying it :-).

My next two priorities after the displays were disk and CPU speed. My development requires running a sizable database on my local machine, and I wanted to eliminate hardware bottlenecks as much as possible. Using an SSD in this case was a no-brainer.

The video card was chosen primarily because of the available outputs for driving the displays - this box isn't typically asked to do lots of 3D video.

I opted for a MicroATX tower just to save a little space. The Define Mini is a nice case, but could use some more room beneath the motherboard tray for cable management. Even though I have only a minimum number of components right now, it was still quite a tight fit, and in fact took two people to hold the cables in place and slide the cover back onto the case.

Update:
Finally got some pictures added. You can see that most of the case is just empty space. Probably could have gotten something smaller, but reviews for most of the small form-factor cases I looked at indicated that they were pretty hard to work with, being cramped.

You can also see my normal development setup: two side-by-side browser windows on the left monitor, with terminals underneath. In the middle, gVim, where the magic actually happens. And on the right, git-cola, for viewing/staging my current changes, along with gitk, for viewing already committed changes, with more terminals underneath.

Update 10-Jun-2014:
When the need arose for multiple VM images, 256GB just wasn't enough, so upgraded the SSD from the Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" SSD.

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Comments

  • 79 months ago
  • 5 points

Great build, well thought out parts for the job. I'm very jealous of the 7680x1440 display space.

I personally would have gone with the K processor and a Z87 board. The overclocking would help in compiling etc. But I understand that you probably didn't want to deal with the hassles that come along with overclocking.

Glad there are more people on the PCPartPicker team, and real excited to see what features you come up with for the site. : )

  • 79 months ago
  • 5 points

You are right - since this is my work system, I'm willing forgo that last bit of performance I might get from overclocking in order to have a system that I know will be stable and not require lots of tinkering.

It has been fun working on the site, and hopefully I won't break too many things along the way ;-).

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build and I like the monitors!

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! Pics would be great. :P

BTW congratulations getting on the PcPartPicker Staff I foresee great things from you :)

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, it has been fun so far! Will try to get some pics eventually. I should have taken some when it was first built, but now it is under the desk with everything cabled up. Disconnecting everything and pulling it out for pics is not so compatible with getting actual work done :-).

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Stumbled onto your area. Didn't know you were staff, or had a build on here until tonight. I know I'm late, but neat pc build.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the comment. This was my first build, and being much more of a software guy, I definitely had help from Philip and Ryan for part selection and assembly. Your comment reminds me that I need to create a new build page though. I'm still using the same case, but most of the internals have been updated and rebuilt, to the point that it is actually a different system. I'll try to get that done next time I have the system out from under the desk and I can get some pictures.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool deal! Looking forward to seeing it.

  • 78 months ago
  • -1 points

Needs moar resolution

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  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the feedback! Yes, this is still my primary development machine - I've bumped up the RAM, and it is still going strong. I don't envy you doing multithreading programming - I've done my fair share over the years, and also dealt with the resulting hair-pulling bugs!

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