Ramblings from another nerd on the grid
I've been resisting the urge to buy a new machine, but I think the wait is over. I've been wanting a Quad processor to help speed along transcoding as well as providing a better platform for high definition editing. I figured I'd just have to live without the CableCard capabilities since it seemed the expense ROI just wasn't there.
Well Dell is being disruptive again and is changing the game nicely.
Introducing the Dell XPS 420. It has everything I want and with my EPP pricing, is right in the ballpark for what I have saved (and budgeted) to spend. My current desktop machine is 3.5 years old. It still works nicely and is currently running Windows Vista Ultimate x86 SP1 RC1. It's great for email, surfing the web, gaming and recording over-the-air high definition television. It isn't great for transcoding standard def video or encoding high definition video. Its single processor just can't keep up.
It's funny, just the other day my wife says she needs a machine for her retail store. She needs a machine to store order information, customer information, etc. Her plan is to use Access for this information. I told her then she can have my Dimension then along comes this Dell update. Sure seems like the planets are aligning nicely.
If history repeats itself, we'll never see a significant promotion (discount) to the XPS line. Of course as soon as I buy one, history will change. In the meantime, check out the specs and configurable features at dell.com.
[Update] Ordered Sunday, shipped Tuesday, received Wednesday. Man that was fast. I'm moving some data around and begin the fun stuff tomorrow or Friday. Work is getting in the way of my fun. Oh well, work takes a back seat until next year starting Friday 12/14 at 5pm.
If your wife is looking for customer tracking and such have you considered Microsoft Office Accounting? I use it to track customers and make invoices and it rocks. Definitely on par with Quickbooks.
Regarding what she uses, yes, we've discussed various options including a fully integrated retail store system. There's one catch though, money. The retail store must stand on it's own now so any purchase is a significant business expense. This is pure retail small business and anyone who has ever built a business from scratch knows exactly what I mean. Why is it city, state an federal government are so anti small business? The odds of success are definitely stacked against you. We should probably not go down this rat hole... :?(
x86 Windows Vista?! Whatever happened to good ol' x64, and, dare I say, x32?!
This machine supports 8GB of memory. That's a hint. Dell did a nice job on the specs for this machine. Firewire front and rear, USB front and rear, eSATA port on the back, lots of internal storage bays, five internal SATA ports, nice video card options, etc. The reviews I've read indicate it's fast and quiet.
Dell XPS 420 is a great system but it has a 4GB max memory limit. I would look at the Dell Precision which supports 32GB/up to 64GB of memory and SAS drives.
Think of the Hyper-Vs you could run?
One small but significant problem with the Precision... It doesn't have an OCUR BIOS and OCUR PID so I cannot use a digital cable tuner and record premium content. And FYI, the XPS 420 will go to 8GB of memory today with an x64 OS.
This will not be used for virtualization. This will be my video editing workhorse. More later when it arrives.
Get one of the PowerEdge servers instead, it'll be more reliable.
I bought one and i love it... although it took a while to come... ordered dec 14th arrived dec 27th. Seems to be a real power house (2.4 quad 3gb 800mhz memory...plan bump it to 4gb) I really like the media integration features and how quiet it is...
I am looking forward to your evaluation of your new toy, me, I'm still in the honeymoon stage ....