My apologies for back to back posting, as I know it's frowned upon. However, I didn't want to edit my previous post, as I would like Mr Alpha
to know that I do appreciate both his insight and his time.
Ok, as I said earlier, my "lead" (lower level supervisor) is trying to get a dell instead of going with a custom built computer. My arguement is price mainly (aside from the fact that I'm not a Dell fan).
Here's what he's suggesting, which IMHO is complete overkill, not to mention a waste of funds, as we'll be ordering 7 of which ever computer is going to be used.
Dell XPS 700 Special Edition Fromula Red (priced out with options at $5,603!!!!!) I think that the things I had picked out were roughly $1,200.
: Pentium 965 Extreem edition w/dual core tech (3.73 ghz, 4mb cache) product code mr965b
: Windows XP Pro w/re-installation CD product cold WPXP
: 4GB dual channell DDR2 SDRAM at 667 mhz-4 dimms product code 4GB64
*internal hard drives
: 500 gb serial ATA 3GB/s hard drive (7200 rpm) w/DataBurst Cache product code 500s
*additional hard drive
: 160GB serial ATA 3GB/s hard drive (7200 rpm) w/databurst cache product code 160sb
: dual drives: 48x combo+16x DVD +/-RW w/dpl layer writ capable product code COM6DVR
: dual 1gb Nvidia Geforce 7950 GX2 Dual-GPU Graphics Cards, quad SLI product code QUAD79
: 24 inch ultrasharp 2407FPW Widescreen digital flat panel product code 2407WFP
: Sound Blaster X-Fi xtreme Music (D) sound card product code XFI
: AGEIA PhsyX phsysics accelerator
: 1 Kilowatt Power Supply product code 1KWPS
Here's what I see wrong with this system.....
*To much RAM (per our earlier discussion) and can go to 800mhz if going to 2gb ram
*2nd drive appears to be external, can be internal and smaller to run OS and have 500gb drive as storage
*processor is way overkill for doing just 2D programs (Adobe photoshop and Corel Draw in graphics)
*graphics cards are beyond overkill-->I'd have to invent a word for it later on
*no need for dual dvd burners as we don't copy dvd's directly onto another dvd
*no need for a sound card as we never listen to music or run programs that make noise (except OS)
*certainly no need for a Physics Accelerator as we don't have anything that will require it (or support it)
*the 1 KW PSU is overkill for what we need the computer to do (again, all 2D things)
Can anyone agree with me on this that this machine as listed above is way to much to run just photoshop and corel draw? I think that I'm right with what I've said, but I'd like a second (and/or 3rd and 4th) opinion!