I'm about to buy a new PC that I will use for heavy office use. I will be running two Microsoft Virtual Machines most of the time, and programming with Visual Studio. Here's the machine i have built. My budget: I'd LIKE to stay below $1500, but if there is a necessary upgrade that will go over that it's ok. Absolute max is $1900.
Dell Studio XPS ($1329)
PROCESSORS Intel® Core™ i7-920 processor(8MB L3 Cache, 2.66GHz)
OPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows® 7 Ultimate, 64bit
WARRANTY AND SERVICE 1Yr Ltd Hardware Warranty, InHome Service after Remote Diagnosis edit
MEMORY 8GB Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1066MHz - 4 DIMMs
HARD DRIVE 500GB 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive
OPTICAL DRIVE Dual Drives: 16x DVD-ROM Drive + 16x DVD+/-RW w/ dbl layer write capable
VIDEO CARD ATI Radeon HD 4350 512MB
SOUND CARD Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio
WIRELESS Integrated 10/1000 Ethernet
Here's the options that I'm considering. What are your opinions on these, should I upgrade?
i7-920 8MB L3 Cache, 2.66GHz (I choose this one)
i7-950 8MB L3 Cache, 3.06GHz add $470 (worth the money?)
6GB Tri-Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1066MHz - 6 DIMMs
8GB Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1066MHz - 4 DIMMs (I choose this one)
(I will be doing some gaming, not a lot though)
Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio [Included in Price] (I choose this one).
Soundblaster® X-Fi™ Xtreme Audio [add $60]
Soundblaster® X-Fi™ Titanium [add $100]
Integrated 10/1000 Ethernet [Included in Price]
Dell 1505 WLAN PCIe card with11n mini-Card & external antenna [add $70]
Does anyone know if Dell Studio XPS machines are easy to upgrade? I will want to upgrade the video card to a gaming card that supports dual monitors and I will want to add another HDD after I get the computer (Dell is just too expensive on their second HDD, $150 for another 500 GB pffft! I should be able to get a terabyte for that cost I think).
You can't use dual channel memory (8GB) on a 1366 socket motherboard (i7 920). If you go with the i7 920, you need triple channel memory (6GB).
The i7 950 uses a 1156 socket, which uses dual channel memory (8GB). This won't run with triple channel memory.
For the price you are paying, you are seriously getting ripped off. With the help of the people on this forum, and the manuals that come with the hardware, you could build one yourself. You would save $$ and get a much better system.
This build comes to $850 after rebates. The case can be swapped for whatever you like. If your not really into games, the video card could be dropped down. Or if you are thinking of xfire/sli in the future, the PSU would need to be upgraded.
Asus and Gigabyte are the 2 best motherboard manufacturers. You can't really go wrong with either.
Yeah Im definitely convinced I can build my own a lot cheaper now. I guess it's worth doing the required research, I'm just a bit nervous because I never built a system before. I like the system you built, but I think I rather stick with the i7-920 because I been reading it uses the LGA 1366 which is what future processors will use and so it's more upgradable.