I’ve been chafing for a little while now to upgrade my machine to 64 bit and to take advantage of the new Windows 7 64-bit operating system.
I’ve used Vista for a couple of years and really had no complaints. Once I had the UAC disabled (took all of about 15 minutes before I tired of its intrusive confirmations) the OS was pretty solid and didn’t present me with the pains that I’ve heard described by other folks. Of course I also wasn’t trying to use it in a corporate environment.
I had some particular requirements in looking for my new box. Alienware nudged out the competition by offering a factory overclocked i7-920 cpu. They also had a deal where I was able to get the 2nd video card for no extra cost.
I thought about saving some money and putting together the computer myself with individually purchased parts but the price tag for those was going to be about 75% of the cost of having the machine assembled, tested and warranteed. I figured I’d have spent quite a few hours exchanging things that were the wrong shape or that my limited understanding of todays components led me to spec incorrectly not to mention the prospect of various dud components what I would need to troubleshoot to ensure that it wasn’t a configuration issue on my part.
No, the additional cost of having them make it for me will be money well spent.
Here’s what I’ll be picking up if you’re interested:
Overclocked Intel Core i7 920 (3.2GHz, 8MB Cache)
12GB Triple Channel 1333MHz DDR3
Dual ATI Radeon HD 5770, 1GB GDDR5
1.2TB RAID 0 (2x 640GB SATA-II, 7,200 RPM, 16MB Cache HDDs)
Cosmic Black, Alienware Area-51 Chassis, 1KW PSU
19-in-1 Media Card Reader
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium, 64bit, English
Alienware Optical Mouse, MG100
AlienFX Color, Plasma Purple
24X CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW)
Alienware High-Performance Liquid Cooling