If you are a web developer, a programmer, or a graphic designer, you will have a need for a strong and powerful PC to accommodate your needs and to expedite your work. As a web developer on the other hand, you might also consider getting a dedicated server so that you can test your web application on a live and public system. There are many webhosts that offers dedicated servers, all you need to do is to find the one that can provide you with the best features at the best price. Those dedicated servers are usually pre-configured and all you need to do (most of the time) is to configure the software. But, if you want to have a local server or a workstation PC, you will have to configure and maintain everything by yourself, from hardware, software and extensions/additional devices. With that in mind, we will focus ourselves on building our own Workstation PC by providing you with basic examples and important hardware that you’ll need.
Depending upon your work, you might need a different combination of hardware to improve efficiency. The basic parts are the CPU, motherboard, RAM, graphics card or video card, mouse, monitors, speakers, keyboard, PSU, and casing. Those are the basic building blocks of a complete desktop. Now, we’re going into more details.
- CPU – for typical home use PC, a dual core or quad core is more than enough. Gaming and workstation PCs need more power, so consider getting a quad core with hyper threading from Intel or six cores or more from AMD (as of 2015, these are the modern or latest level of CPU technologies).
- Motherboard – CPU and motherboard goes hand in hand with one another and they should be compatible. Check with your local dealer store to find a compatible high-end motherboard for your chosen CPU.
- RAM – choose higher RAM speeds with at least 1800+ MHz speed and total capacity of at least 8GB, but if you do a lot of graphics related work, 16 GB is the best minimum.
- Graphics Card/Video Card – if you are a game developer or video/graphics designer, a high-end graphics card is needed. There are workstation graphics card that will perform better compared to consumer graphics card, but if you want to play modern games on the same PC, get GTX 900 series or above (as of 2015, these are the best of their line) or if you’re and AMD fan, R9 series and above. If you want pure workstation powerhouse graphics card, NVidia Quadro or AMD FirePro are your choices.
- PSU – it is important that you choose a PSU with wattage that can support your components. For a workstation build, an 800W PSU is the absolute minimum. Check with your local dealer to see if what PSU wattage your chosen components can run.
- Remaining parts like the mouse, keyboard, case, and monitors are a matter of personal preference. One thing to note, though, is that you might need a large and high resolution monitor for graphics design and/or video processing. Multi-monitors are also a great way to expand your working area.