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VS significant speed increase w/dual core?

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Hi... Yes, another "what to buy" question. I want to (primarily) run Visual Studio 8 on a new laptop. Current laptop: ~1.65 GHz Athlon/448 MB/40 GB/XP Professional SP2 (about 3GB HDD free--defragged) Am looking at: Gateway 1.73Ghz (Dual Core Centrino)/2GB/160 GB/Vista Ultimate --- The code is template-heavy. I'm looking for a significant speed increase in build times. I realize disk access has a lot to do with that. Also looking to get around the silliness presented by VS8 continually updating "Intellisense" while I am typing. Basically, I don't want to buy the new one if it's not going to save time. Should I buy, or not? If not, is there anything out there under $1500 that will give the speed increase? (I do not like DELLs) Thanks Chad

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...just saw

http://www.gamedev.net/community/forums/topic.asp?topic_id=438296&whichpage=1

Interesting.

It appears there won't be a good solution to this until VS Orcas.

Anyone have any other ideas?

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From personal experience - a dual core is nice for avoiding intellisense locking up the machine, but won't help build times.
Best speed up in build times I've seen are making sure you have no redundant headers, using precompiled headers and eliminating templates. :p

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I'm running Visual C++ 8 and it parallelizes builds across multiple CPU cores. Doing so speeds it up.

The trick is to split your solution into multiple projects. VC 8 only parallelizes separate project builds -- not builds within a single project. You can, however, get plug-ins that will do that for you (Incredibuild, for example).

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Try this free plugin for Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 http://www.todobits.es/mpcl.html , It will create several threads and will use all cores with a single project. You don't have to divide your program in several dlls in order to improve the speed.

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