As regular readers know, I use a Mac. But the lack of a midrange model really has me fuming and I need a machine that does the job, at a price that doesn’t kick the buyer in the face.
I received a brochure for Dell the other day which showed off a nice little quad-core machine for pittance compared to a quad core Mac Pro. I could upgrade the dual internal drives to 1 TB drives, drop in a Blu-ray burner and, with Adobe CS4, I could be editing and burning HD video with aplomb, compared to standing around with my thumb up my Mac ass waiting for Steve Jobs to get past his “bag of hurt” feelings and make Blu-ray authoring on the Mac a reality.
But what sort of machine should I get?The Dell I put together online is probably all wrong, because I know not the intracacies of selecting a processor, what platforms use what motherboard, which has more speed for what PCI card for external SATA drives and better buss throughput to the RAM next to the whatever. For $1281, this is what I slapped together:
PROCESSOR Intel® Core™ 2 Quad Processor Q9550 (2.83GHz, 12M, VT, 1333MHz FS)
FILE SYSTEM NTFS File System for all Operating Systems
OPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows Vista Business Bonus-Windows XP Professional downgrade
WARRANTY & SERVICE 3 Year Basic Limited Warranty and 3 Year NBD On-Site Service
REMOTE MANAGEMENT ASF Basic Hardware Enabled Systems Management (Not Upgradeable to iAMT/vPro)
MEMORY 4GB DDR2 Non-ECC SDRAM,800MHz, (2 DIMM)
HARD DRIVE 80GB SATA 3.0Gb/s and 8MB DataBurst Cache™
OPTICAL DRIVE No Optical Device
VIDEO CARD 256MB ATI Radeon 2400 XT, Dual Monitor DVI or VGA (TV-out), full height
MONITOR No Monitor
SYSTEM DOCUMENTATION Resource CD and DVD contains Diagnostics and Driver for Dell OptiPlex Syste
KEYBOARD Dell USB Keyboard, No Hot Keys
MOUSE Dell USB 2-Button Entry Mouse with Scroll, Black
SPEAKERS No Speaker, OptiPlex
FLOPPY & MEDIA READER No Floppy Drive
1394 CARD 1394 FW Controller Card, FH
Am I headed in the right direction or is there a better tact to take for the PC buyer who knows nothing about selecting all the critical internal components by hand and trying to magically make them all work together to capably edit Full HD video in real time?