thegrandpoohbah wrote in post #11956746
- A sound card is not necessary. Will I get decent surround sound while watching movies if just using the MB for sound?
I think so. Generally, in my experience, the only people buying dedicated sound cards are guys who either (a) work in sound editing for their profession OR (b) are such extreme "audiophiles" that they won't hesitate to spend $7k+ on professional surround-sound speakers.
One optical drive is fine with me, just need to make sure it has both BR and DVD+/-R.
Shouldn't be a problem. Just make sure you check that option before purchasing. I think most of the Dell XPS systems I've seen lately give you that option.
I don't do much gaming. If I do it will likely be some form of RPG. Mainly I want to have 1 or 2 monitors hooked up as well as a 1080P LCD TV. I need to be able to have a HD movie playing on the TV (for the GF) while I use the monitor(s) for PS CS5.
Shouldn't be a problem with the modern graphics cards coming out bundled with Dell's XPS line.
Totally forgot about a SSD. How big do I need? 60GB? 120GB? Besides the OS, can I run PS from it?
Really depends how much stuff you plan on running. If it's just CS5, LR3, antivirus, plus a couple other misc programs....60gb would suffice. But with the prices coming down on 90-120gb, that would certainly give you a better storage ceiling. Given your budget, I would probably say get something in the 120gb range.
The problem is that I don't think you can buy a Dell XPS configured with the OS pre-loaded on the SSD, or at least I can't ever remember seeing those options in the XPS 7k-series and XPS 8k-series. That's the main advantage of building your own computer -- you can control the pieces of your build a lot better.
I already have an external drive for back ups, as well as online. I just wanted a RAID1 set-up for more redundancy. Is this not worth it in your opinion?
You're going to get different opinions here. But I think the main thing the guys are right to warn about is not to see this as a sufficient *back-up* of your system, which is what a lot of people are accustomed to thinking of Raid1 as doing. Locally, it's a decent way for some extra redundancy, but there are other ways to achieve redundancy other than Raid1.
12GB of RAM may be overkill, but as mentioned, it's not that expensive.
I upgraded to 12gb....and no regrets.
]What is the difference between i7-2600 and i7-2600K?
On something like a pre-configured Dell XPS machine....not much (if anything). It's primarily nomenclature that only people overclocking their computer are going to worry about. IOW, this is really only an issue for people piecing together their own build.