I will be upgrading my system to use 16GB of DDR3 RAM in a Windows 7 64 bit and Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate. CPU will be 6 cores 3.2Ghz. I do lots of compiles/day and my goal for VS is to show a web page within seconds after making a change in the code behind.
I noticed Visual Studio does a lot of I/O operations (from HD led) with the drive during its work. I would like to put everything VS needs in memory including the temporary folders, system files, my code, .. whatever. I just want VS to be blazing fast. My primary drive is an SSD, which is fast, and I even want VS to not use it. RAM is super fast compared with anything else.
I know VS 2010 is still 32bit so it will use max of 4GB however all the other opened apps (browser, Outlook, File Explorer..etc) can use whatever remains from the 12GB and let VS roam freely in its dedicated 4GB memory space.
My question: What settings and tweaks can I perform to Windows 7 and VS 2010 so that VS 2010 dedicates and uses as much memory as it can and block that away and so that it uses the hard drive as little as possible? Is Windows 7 64 & VS already optimized for that and not much else can be done. Would a RAM disk help? Think of this as if I am trying to eliminate the drive.
I am aware of higher probably of data loss with power loss but that's not a concern right now. Assume no external dependencies are present (database, network speed ...) which might slow VS. Disk defragmentation doesn't help much.