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