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Step By Step Guide To Ordering A Dell PC: Giving It A Dual Tri

Updated on January 17, 2009

Part 3

I am aware that any Hub reader who has read my vitriolic tirades against all permutations of Vista is probably apoplectic at reading that I'm actually going to spend my hard earned cash on Microsoft's monstrous juggernaut from Hades. There is actually a reason behind my decision: I plan to download and install the Beta of Windows 7 on this unit within days of its arrival. It does seem that Microsoft has learned at least a few lessons from the gargantuan fiasco that was Vista, so Windows 7 seems to be quite a bit snappier and on the way to fixing much of what made Vista such a steaming pile of donkey manure. So although I'm ordering the computer with a Vista operating system, I can assure you that it will be very short lived. Windows 7 (at least at this time supposedly) ROCKS!

The next choice is Productivity Software, where you have the choice of spending up to $490 for Microsoft Office Professional 2007. I strongly doubt that I would put up with that horrific and intrusive massive ribbon from hell at the top of each Office screen if Microsoft paid me $490 for the trouble, so pass, and thanks for nothing, Ballmer, you bozo!

Now we get to choose the RAM memory. The basic configuration is a very healthy 6 GB of Tri Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1066 MHz - 6 DIMMs. The proprietary X58 motherboard that Dell is using has six RAM slots, thus they are placing a 1 GB Tri Channel DDR3 SDRAM stick in each slot. Keep in mind that wisely, the only choice that Dell is giving the Studio XPS Core i7 buyer is a 64 bit operating system which can take advantage of all that lovely RAM. (Although I have no idea why Dell offers an 8 GB RAM option as that would be four sticks of 2 GB RAM which would only give you access to Dual Channel memory, obviating the Core i7's inherent advantage of being able to access the Tri Channel architecture.) The 32 bit operating systems (all of them, whether in XP or Vista varieties) are restricted to accessing only about 3.3 GB of RAM, no matter how many expensive sticks populate your RAM sockets. When the Studio XPS Core i7 first was released, the basic configuration was 3 GB of RAM which was done as three 1 GB Tri Channel DDR3 SDRAM sticks. The problem was that anyone who was going to harness the unbelievable capacities of the Core i7 processor is most likely going to want to use a 64 bit operating system, so 3 GB is just not enough!

Of course, I am building a killer PC that I want to get at least 24 or even up to 36 months of use out of, without worrying that I'm working on an antiquated stone axe within a few months of purchase. Therefore, I have to bite the bullet for a full CDN$300 (US$240) and go with the 12 GB Tri-Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1066 MHz - 6 DIMMs which is set up with six 2 GB Tri Channel DDR3 SDRAM sticks.

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