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Check out this info on the vista versions. http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,1697,2068721,00.asp
I'm not sure Ultimate is worth the extra money. Both support multi cores, both support 2 physical CPUs. Ultimate supports 128 gig of ram, Home Premium supports 16 with the 64 bit versions. Goggle a while and decide what's best. As for Raid Vs No Raid, I don't run raid. I like the SATA 2 or 3 7200s, one drive for one project when I work on weddings and events. I run 320 gig Western Digitals. I don't like to put so many eggs in one basket. Good Luck
PS what the heck is STFW? Some smart *** answer again I imagine.
STFW Search the f*****g Web
404 I haven't a clue
A3 Anyplace, anywhere, anytime
ADN Any day now
AFAIK As far as I know
AFK Away from keyboard
ARE Acronym-rich environment
ASAP As soon as possible
B4N Bye for now
BAK Back at the keyboard
BAS Big a** smile
BBIAB Be back in a bit
BBL Be back later
BBN Bye bye now
BBS Be back soon
BEG Big evil grin
BF Boy friend
BFD Big f***ing deal
BFN Bye for now
BG Big grin
BIBO Beer in, beer out
BIOYIOP Blow it out your I/O port
BL Belly laughing
BMGWL Busting my gut with laughter
BOTEC Back-of-the-envelope calculation
BRB Be right back
BTA But then again...
BTDT Been there, done that
BTW By the way
BWL Bursting with laughter
BWTHDIK But what the heck do I know...?
CICO Coffee in, coffee out
C&G Chuckle and grin
CNP Continued in next post
CRB Come right back
CRBT Crying real big tears
CU See you
CUL See you later
CUL8ER See you later
CYA See ya
CYA Cover your ***
CYO See you online
DBA Doing business as
DFLA Disenhanced four-letter acronym (that is, a TLA)
DL Dead link
DLTBBB Don't let the bed bugs bite
DIKU Do I know you?
DITYID Did I tell you I'm distressed?
DOM Dirty old man
DOS Dozing off soon
DQMOT Don't quote me on this
DTRT Do the right thing
DWB Don't write back
E2E exchange to exchange
E2E e-business to e-business
E2E employee to employee
E2E end to end
EG Evil grin
EMFBI Excuse me for butting in
EMSG E-mail message
EOM End of message
EOT End of thread (meaning: end of discussion)
ESAD Eat s**t and die
ETLA Extended three-letter acronym (that is, an FLA)
EWG evil wicked grin
F2F Face to face
FAQ Frequently-ask question(s)
FC Fingers crossed
FISH First in, still here
FLA Four-letter acronym
FMTYEWTK Far more than you ever wanted to know
FOMCL Falling off my chair laughing
FTBOMH From the bottom of my heart
FUBAR F***ed up beyond all repair or recognition
FUD Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt
FWIW For what it's worth
FYI For your information
GA Go ahead
GAL Get a life
GIGO Garbage in, garbage out
GD&R Grinning, ducking, and running
GFN Gone for now
GGP Gotta go pee
GIWIST Gee, I wish I'd said that
GL Good luck
GMAB Give me a break
GMTA Great minds think alike
GOL Giggling out loud
GTRM Going to read mail
GTSY Glad to see you
H&K Hug and kiss
HAGN Have a good night
HAND Have a nice day
HHIS Hanging head in shame
HIG How's it going
HT Hi there
HTH Hope this helps
HUB Head up butt
IAC In any case
IAE In any event
IANAL I am not a lawyer (but)
IAW I agree with or In accordance with
IC I see
IGP I gotta pee
IHA I hate acronyms
IHU I hear you
IIRC If I recall/remember/recollect correctly
ILU or ILY I love you
IM Immediate message
IMCO In my considered opinion
IMHO In my humble opinion
IMing Chatting with someone online usually while doing other things such as playing trivia or other interactive game
IMNSHO In my not so humble opinion
IMO In my opinion
IMS I am sorry
IOW In other words
IPN I'm posting naked
IRL In real life (that is, when not chatting)
ITA I totally agree
ITIGBS I think I'm going to be sick
IWALU I will always love you
IYSWIM If you see what I mean
J4G Just for grins
JBOD Just a bunch of disks (like redundant array of independent disks, etc.)
JIC Just in case
JK or j/k Just kidding
JMO Just my opinion
JTLYK Just to let you know
KISS Keep it simple stupid
KIT Keep in touch
KOTC Kiss on the cheek
KOTL Kiss on the lips
KWIM? Know what I mean?
L8R G8R Later gator
LD Later, dude
LDR Long-distance relationship
LHO Laughing head off
LLTA Lots and lots of thunderous applause
LMAFO Laughing my f**king a** off
LMAO Laughing my a** off
LMSO Laughing my socks off
LOL Laughing out loud
LRF Little Rubber Feet (the little pads on the bottom of displays and other equipment)
LSHMBH Laughing so hard my belly hurts
LTM Laugh to myself
LTNS Long time no see
LTR Long-term relationship
LULAB Love you like a brother
LULAS Love you like a sister
LUWAMH Love you with all my heart
LY Love ya
LY4E Love ya forever
MorF Male or female
MOSS Member of the same sex
MOTOS Member of the opposite sex
MTF More to follow
MUSM Miss you so much
NADT Not a darn thing
NFG No f*****g good
NFW No feasible way or no f*****g way
NIFOC Naked in front of computer
NP or N/P No problem
NRN No response necessary
OIC Oh, I see
OLL Online love
OMG Oh my God
OTF Off the floor
OTOH On the other hand
OTTOMH Off the top of my head
PANS Pretty awesome new stuff (as opposed to "POTS")
PAW Parents are watching
PCMCIA People can't master computer industry acronyms
PDA Public display of affection
PEBCAK Problem exists between chair and keyboard
PIBKAC Problem is between keyboard and chair
PITA Pain in the ***
PM Private message
PMFJIB Pardon me for jumping in but...
POAHF Put on a happy face
::POOF:: Goodbye (leaving the room)
POTS Plain old telephone service
PU That stinks!
RL Real life (that is, when not chatting)
ROR Raffing out roud (Engrish for "laughing out loud")
ROTFL Rolling on the floor laughing
ROTFLMAO Rolling on the floor laughing my a** off
ROTFLMAOWPIMP Rolling on the floor laughing my a** off while peeing in my pants
ROTFLMBO Rolling on the floor laughing my butt off
RPG Role-playing games
RSN Real soon now
RT Real time
RTFM Read the f***ing manual
RYO Roll your own (write your own program; derived from cigarettes rolled yourself with tobacco and paper)
S^ S'up - what's up
S4L Spam for life (what you may get when you become someone's customer or client)
SHCOON Shoot hot coffee out of nose
SEG S***-eating grin
SETE Smiling ear to ear
SF Surfer-friendly (low-graphics Web site)
SHID Slaps head in disgust
SNAFU Situation normal, all f***ed up
SO Significant other
SOL Smilling out loud or sh*t out of luck
SOMY Sick of me yet?
SOT Short on time
SOTMG Short on time must go
STFU Shut the f**k up
STFW Search the f*****g Web
STW Search the Web
SU Shut up
SUAKM Shut up and kiss me
SUP What's up
SWAG Stupid wild-a** guess
SWAK Sealed with a kiss
SWL Screaming with laughter
SYS See you soon
TA Thanks again
TAFN That's all for now
TANSTAAFL There ain't no such thing as a free lunch
TCOY Take care of yourself
TFH Thread from hell (a discussion that just won't die and is often irrelevant to the purpose of the forum or group)
TGIF Thank God it's Friday
TIA Thanks in advance (used if you post a question and are expecting a helpful reply)
TILII Tell it like it is
TLA Three-letter acronym
TLK2UL8R Talk to you later
TMI Too much information
TNT Till next time
TOPCA Til our paths cross again (early Celtic chat term)
TOY Thinking of you
TPTB The powers that be
TTFN Ta-Ta for now
TTT Thought that, too (when someone types in what you were about to type)
TTYL Talk to you later
TU Thank you
TY Thank you
TYVM Thank you very much
UAPITA You're a pain in the ***
UAF Until further notice
UW You're welcome
VBG Very big grin
VBSEG Very big s***-eating grin
WAG Wild a** guess
WAYD What are you doing
WB Welcome back
WBS Write back soon
WDALYIC Who died and left you in charge?
WEG Wicked evil grin
WFM Works for me
WIBNI Wouldn't it be nice if
WT? What/who the ?
WTF What the F***!
WTFO What the F***! Over!
WTG Way to go!
WTGP? Want to go private?
WU? What's up?
WYSITWIRL What you see is TOTALLY WORTHLESS IN REAL LIFE!
WUF? Where are you from?
WYSIWYG What you see is what you get
YBS You'll be sorry
YGBSM You gotta be s***tin' me!
YMMV Your mileage may vary.
YW You're welcome
> I like the SATA 2 or 3
Show me a SATA 3 drive please.
Google is your friend.
Harm, maybe he has a time transporter machine also!
I'd actually go for Home Basic for a video editing rig. It has everything you need but none of the fluff you don't.
RAID 0 performance will likely be better than a single drive, but I use the new Seagate 1.5 TB drive and it's plenty fast enough, plus you get more storage with that option.
Western Digital Caviar Black WD7501AALS 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
That is a SATA Revision 2 drive and all SATA2 drives run a 3.0Gbits/sec. I can see that it is easy to confuse these advertisements and the true designation.
Here is what the future will bring--SATA Revision 3.0 with a transfer rate of 6Gbits/second
Maybe next year???
The 1TB WD Caviar Black drives are great, get em for about $130 most places now. Pretty speedy (check Tom's Hardware for more info).
On Vista, the 16 GB capacity versus 128 GB capacity on RAM utilization seems to be rather important, especially when you consider that PPro alone can utilize all of that in CS4. At any rate, when paired with the right processor(s), having 32 GB of RAM is a pretty good idea if you want a couple of years worth of future proofing on your general system, and prices right now are more than reasonable.
32 GB is a definite overkill in my opinion. There is no such thing as future proofing your PC system. By the time applications can use 32 GB practically, that memory will be obsolete. For instance my rather up to date dual Xeon system has FB DDR2 memory, the next generation dual processor systems probably available early next year will be for DDR3 RAM.
And then strangely we won't be talking about 16 GB or 32 GB because these new motherboards from the Nehalem family are all (that I have seen) triple memory channel boards and you logically go from 6 GB (3x2 GB) to 12GB (3x4 GB) to 18 GB (3x2+3x1 GB) or 24 GB (6x4 GB) etc. (The new computer math)
"the next generation dual processor systems probably available early next year will be for DDR3 RAM"
there already for sale down at the local comp USA. i7's only take ddr3. You have a point.
Unfortunately my statement still stands, DUAL PROCESSOR systems will not be available until next year! Yes, single processor i7 systems have been available for several weeks.
Duel processor systems have been available for nearly a decade. Your correct the next generation of dual processors won't be available til next year. But technically this is has been true for the past decade .....once avery year or two. Also the dual processor i7's will for take ddr3's.
Pretty stupid of me to argue semantics but hell.....
While we're on the subject of semantics, you should probably say "dual-chip", because there actually are four processors on a single i7 chip.
While I won't argue the logic on what is the standard for "future proof" and what is not, I will only say that I seldom find myself along the bleeding edge.
So for me, if a particular i7 dual core/chip/proc is available next year and requires triple channel DDR3, I will carefully mark that down to consider in another 12-18 months or so. And if I need to build the best system I can today or tomorrow or a couple of days from now, and I need one that will still yield plentiful amounts of power in 12-18 months while I consider the next build, I'd say load up some RAM and a quad (or dual quad) and enjoy the mix of price efficiency and power until the i7 prices become somewhat more reasonable.
That has generally been my approach, and I don't see my wallet fattening beyond that logic anytime in the near future (unless you guys know something.....?)
The i7 920 is pretty reasonable now, and offers performance gains that may be worth considering over options like the Q6600.
Thank you all for your comments and advice. I pulled the trigger and built a Dell studio XPS with an Core I7 920 processor, 12 gigs of DDR3 ram, blue ray burner, ATI 512 4850 graphics card, 640g 7200 boot drive and soon to come WD 1TB 32 7200 storage drive. It better run AVCHD smoothly :)
>It better run AVCHD smoothly
Don't count on it.
>640g 7200 boot drive
That's really a waste as you should have nothing but Windows and programs on your boot drive. Use a second drive for projects/scratch and a third for media.
Otherwise, killer system dude!!!
LOL - Nice. Should I say, after the 4.02 update :)
You're right, Jim. The 640 came free with the base build so I went for it.
Does that also apply to the 12 GB RAM, or have you been stolen blind, as is standard practice at Dell for any option?
Those Wd 640's are cheap and as fast as a Raptor. I'm using one as my boot drive. The first 200 gigs are partitioned for the OS and progams this makes sure everything system related is going to read as fast or faster than a Raptor (faster than my 74 gig Raptor by a good clip).
Since the drive is only 80 bucks it's well worth it for a boot drive. Also as you have 400 gigs left in case you need to store some big files or run out of room unexpectedly.
I own 6 640's total and swear by them. So fast I don't need RAID to get realtime playback from my P2 1080 files that are a gigabyte a minute. The only non raid harddrive that faster is the WD VelociRaptor.
I have a 9550 with only 6gigs of DDR and I was able to play one stream on AVCHD that JEFF B sent me at real-time even with fast color correction. I don't see why you'd have a problem.
Don't worry by the end of next Summer the CSA4.1.0 patch will come out and everything will work great. Then 7-8 months later CS5 will come out full of bugs.
The Adobe cycle of life will continue.......
Harm, the price for all the above including tax was just under 1900.00 - the price for the extra six gigs of tri-channel DDR3 ram was $200.00 - It is possible to cut a better deal with Dell over the phone.
I had to go for it because there are only six slots for ram and they fill it with six 1 gig cards - so if I wanted to upgrade later I would have to start from scratch. I guess you can fault Dell for that.
Thanks, Josh. That's reassuring.
I don't know if it's still true but I was told by a Western Digital rep a couple years ago the hard drives you buy in a store or on line are not the same as you get in a Dell PC. WD made Dells hard drives for Dell (cheapened down and out the door. No warranty from WD for Dell) The no warranty thing was because WD would not give Dell a 3 or 5 year warranty after cutting the quality down so much. Thats why even Dell only puts a one year warranty on the drives. Thats why I build all my computers, they have much better hardware in them that way.
Best part about WD is the warrenty. If you give them a credit card number they will send you a new drive and you have a month to send the broken one in before they charge your card for the price of the harddrive they sent you.
Now that is customer service.
Good to know. I'm actually buying my WD 7200 1TB media drive from a computer builder since Dell does not offer a second drive. (a little strange) It's about $100.00.