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What does everyone use as a dev PC?

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Hi all

I'm thinking of getting a PC to use mostly for android development, but with a small windows partition for normal use. What would you recommend looking for and what would I get for around £300-400 at the max?

Found this: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B008HAP9QU/ref=aw_d_detail?pd=1&qid=1352802095&sr=1-26 Is it any good?

Cheers

Terry Edited by utternoob
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It will be more than enough. Android development really isn't all that resource intensive.

Just to clear things up though, do you mean app development or ROM development?
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Rom Development
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Buy a core i3/i5 PC. Get a load of ram from another place and a ssd built into the laptop if its in budget.

That should be good enough.
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Good point. Only thing is, I don't have a body or anything to put it in, and large SSD units are really expensive
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Does it need a graphics card or will it never be used for 3d modeling/games?

Can you build it yourself or do you need prebuilt?

If your building it yourself get a 3rd gen i5, 16gb ram, 1tb+ HDD and 500W power supply, cheap case etc

Or go for something prebuilt like the i5's down this half-built bundles here [url="http://www.novatech.co.uk/barebonebundles/"]http://www.novatech.co.uk/barebonebundles/[/url]
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Not gonna be graphics heavy, probably preferred pre-built but I could easily put a few things together
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Hm, here's my specs:

i5-2320
8GB Ram
1.5TB Hard rive (no SSD :( )
2GB Graphics card

all for just under 300 quid prebuilt (refurb advent from the currys/pcworld ebay)
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Not bad. I'll have a look on their store
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[quote name='utternoob' timestamp='1352831479' post='2052118']
Not bad. I'll have a look on their store
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Just looked and there's nothing really value for money there.
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Ah right. I may be waiting for a bit, but it doesn't really matter now, just keeping an eye out
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[quote name='utternoob' timestamp='1352832167' post='2052124']
Ah right. I may be waiting for a bit, but it doesn't really matter now, just keeping an eye out
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You need to d/load the hukd app, set some alert keywords and see if anything comes up.
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I shall do that. Apparently they are quite good
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[quote name='utternoob' timestamp='1352832334' post='2052129']
I shall do that. Apparently they are quite good
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They are, use them all the time, it's how I came across my PC!
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Wow. I think quite a lot of people reccomend them

Edit: App is so unintuitive. Can't understand it much Edited by utternoob
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[quote name='utternoob' timestamp='1352832729' post='2052133']
Wow. I think quite a lot of people reccomend them

Edit: App is so unintuitive. Can't understand it much
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Yeah I know, particularly the fact that they left the menu button out annoyed me. Have you set alerts?
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Yep. Found one for £239 on eBay only downside is AMD Bulldozer inside
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[quote name='utternoob' timestamp='1352835631' post='2052163']Yep. Found one for £239 on eBay only downside is AMD Bulldozer inside[/quote]

Avoid.
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Thought so. Ah well :( might just have to wait until a relative gets a new PC and take apart the old one and spec it up
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Mine is more than a year old HP ProBook 4520s with i3, 3gb ram and 80 gb linux partition (300 gb total at 7500rpm)
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the important thing to remember is that the pc doesn't need to be amazing to dev on.

unless you will be building alot (say 1+ a day) then its fine getting a mid spec pc.

when i used to make cm7 builds on the blade i would do it on my laptop (i5-2410m, 8gb ram) and it could build for 35 mins whilst I cooked my dinner :D
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Haha. I'm not going to dev that much, perhaps every few days if anything changes
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