11 Replies Latest reply: Sep 27, 2011 1:50 PM by dsurfer3 RSS

    Question about setup on Dell M6600

    majooon

      Hi!

       

      Im thinking of buying the Dell M6600 and have som questions about the setup...

       

      1. STORAGE

       

      Im thinking of getting a 128 Gb SSD for OS and programs....

       

      Then im thinking of getting 2 x 750 Gb sATA discs (7200) ....is it better to put those in RAID 0????

       

      2. CPU

       

      Intel Core I7-2820QM vs Intel Core I7-2920XM...is it worth the extra 1000$ for the 2920???

       

      3. RAM

       

      16GB 1333MHz DDR3 vs 16GB 1600MHz DDR3....what to choose?

       

      I will be editing AVCHD 1080p 50p video clips (panasonic SD600)...will this mashine be overkill for the work?? My only request is to edit the footage natively without shutter in full HD resolution...

       

      Thanks in advance!

       

      Best regards

      Martin

      Sweden

        • 1. Re: Question about setup on Dell M6600
          Harm Millaard CommunityMVP

          1. No.

          2. No.

          3. 1333.

           

          Dell can not be overclocked because of their crippled BIOS, so no sense in getting an unlocked CPU at the outrageous prices Dell charges, and thus the extravagant extra cost for 1600 memory can be saved as well. If you decide for Dell, go for the standard configuration. Anything changed or extra is a willing consent to let them steal you blind.

          • 2. Re: Question about setup on Dell M6600
            majooon Community Member

            thanks for your answer....seems like getting a dell would be a lot of waste money then or??? what would be a better choice???

             

            best regards

            martin

            • 3. Re: Question about setup on Dell M6600
              Harm Millaard CommunityMVP

              Not necessarily. Dell gives you good quality and good prices as long as you stick to their standard configurations. As soon as you deviate from their standard configurations, it is worth looking at alternatives, like Sager/Clevo/ADK and the like.

               

              Example:

               

              Dell charges on the M6600 over here today, all prices without VAT:

               

              Add a second disk 750 GB + € 154, where they can be bought elsewhere for € 64 - € 70. Dell mark-up + 230%.

               

              Add a second SSD 128 GB + € 432, where you can buy a 128 GB Crucial M4 for € 146. Dell mark-up + 296%.

               

              Trade in the 750 GB standard boot disk for a 128 GB SSD for an extra € 165, where elsewhere you pay € 146 for the SSD and KEEP the 750 GB. Dell mark-up + 218%.

              • 4. Re: Question about setup on Dell M6600
                majooon Community Member

                alright thank you very much for your detailed answers! unfortunately i can not buy the other computers in sweden...and hp which i also have been looking at doesnt seem to sell fully customised computers...

                 

                just two final question...first about the cpu of which can not be overclocked.. how will i see the effect of this...does it has any effect on the gpu acceleration? and why would it be worse having the two 750 gb disks in raid 0 than having them separate...?

                 

                many thanks in advance!

                best regards

                Martin

                • 5. Re: Question about setup on Dell M6600
                  Harm Millaard CommunityMVP

                  Not overclocking means the system will be slower than an overclocked system, but there is nothing to be done about that. But it does not impact GPU acceleration. The reason not to raid0 two disks is:

                   

                  1. It doubles the risk of losing all data.

                  2. It is not faster than two separate disks if properly set up.

                   

                  See: Adobe Forums: Generic Guideline for Disk Setup

                   

                  For info about the impact of overclocking, laptops versus destops, hardware MPE, etc. see: Benchmark Results

                  • 6. Re: Question about setup on Dell M6600
                    rpestes Community Member

                    I just bought an M6600 on ebay from a dealer that sells Dell factory refurbished computers that still have the 3 year in home warrenty. I got the 2820QM processor, NVIDIA 3000m card and 16 gig of RAM for $1999. Seems like a great deal to me. Check them out on Ebay.

                    • 7. Re: Question about setup on Dell M6600
                      majooon Community Member

                      alright! then i know! thank you a lot for all your help!!!

                       

                      best regards

                      martin

                      • 8. Re: Question about setup on Dell M6600
                        majooon Community Member

                        seems like a very good deal..unfortunately i live in sweden and guess it could be problematic to buy it from the states due to taxes, shipment, insuranses and stuff like that...

                         

                        thanx for the tip though!

                        • 9. Re: Question about setup on Dell M6600
                          dsurfer3

                          I too recently bought the Dell 6600 Workstation.  I ordered it with the 750 gb hard drive, quatros 3000 graphic card, 8 gb memory and of course the i7 chip.  I built it to run Adobe's CS5.5 Production Premium suite.  Now I a bit lost.  Where should I be storing all of the capture scratch?  To a seperate external hard drive?  Is there an portable hard drive that anyone would recommend?   Will that make the computer a lean mean editing machine?  Do I need more ram?    Please excuse my inexperience here I could really use someone that knows who to optimize my machine and not sure where to turn. 

                           

                          Any help would be most appreciated!

                           

                          Thanks a ton,

                           

                          dsurfer  

                          • 10. Re: Question about setup on Dell M6600
                            rpestes Community Member

                            8 gig of RAM is OK but if you can upgrade to 16 gig it will run quite a lot faster. And yes, you will need an external hard drive, preferably with an esata connection or USB 3. Check out Caldigit or G-Tech drives. I have both and they work great. If you travel with your system look at LaCie Rugged drives with USB 3 connection. They are small and have worked great for me too. Also, if you are new to this hardware and software you might check out the book "An Editor's Guide to Adobe Premiere Pro". It will get you up and running with the right configuration and edit tips quickly.

                            • 11. Re: Question about setup on Dell M6600
                              dsurfer3 Community Member

                              Thanks for the advice rpestes!