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PC for programmers / software developers

Hi all, 

Does anyone have any benchmarking results that would indicate if it's better to have a CPU with better single core performance VS CPU with larger core count taking into account a programmers job? 

 

I do know that one could write a software on a potato pc and that's true, but the workload I'm interested in is more of a full stack web developer, doing mid to large projects.

 

Nowadays creating a modern web application includes a solution with atleast 20 projects to build (many of those are built in parallel), running locally a web server for test and Debugging. Often not only single webapp but also several other web api services that communicate with each other. On the side there always is some local DB server (usually sql server, oracle or mongo). 

A lot of other stuff is either being run on or created as containers, running a local instance of Docker with several images is quite often a must. 

 

Othrr pc components are not of my concern here, 16gb of ram and large SSD is a must.

 

On 90% of machines that I meet in work, I find Intel cpus, at least mid level core-I5 or entry level core-i7. What I'm looking for is if would be better to have a Ryzen with larger core counts? If so, by how much? 

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My friend does programming on many PCs, multi threaded performance is what code loves. Getting a Ryzen 5 or 7 or an i7 is usually great for code.

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Best PC for programmer should be Pentium III 1 GHz with 1 GB ram. At least all written programs will be fast on any modern computers. :)

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If you'll be compiling a lot, you'll want plenty of cores and ram. The same goes for virtualization and containers. DBs are often limited by your storage speed more than by your cpu.

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What is your budget?

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