You can finally congratulate me. The upgrade to my home workspace is complete — new computer, monitor, keyboard, mouse and general clean up. And yes, I finally did get my computer. Not the way I planned
it originally, but much better in the end.
Here are the final specs of the machine — Dell Studio XPS 8000.
- 2.80GHz Intel Core i7-860
- 8GB G.SKILL Ripjaws 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM — 4×2GB
- 1TB Western Digital RE3 32MB Cache SATA Drive @ 7200 rpm
- 500GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 SATA Drive @ 7200 rpm
- nVidia GeForce GTS240 1024MB GDDR3
- 16x DVD+/-RW w/ Double Layer Write
- 19-in-1 Media Card Reader
And that goes in conjunction with:
- Dell UltraSharp U2410 24 inch IPS Panel Widescreen Monitor
- Logitech Cordless Desktop MX 5500 Revolution Keyboard & Mouse
- Window 7 Home Premium 64-bit
- Dell AS500 Sound Bar
When I received my computer I had a lot of plans for it. I wanted to do a number of upgrades and modification, but I also wanted to gage how much of an effect those changes are having. For that I decided to use a rather simple benchmarking applicaiton — Geekbench
My first 3 runs yielded an average result of 7071. After that I updated BIOS to a new version, enabled a bunch of BIOS features
, upgraded RAM and did a fresh install of Windows
. The top benchmarking score after these updates was 8808
with an average score slightly below 8800 mark. When I run the same benchmark after installing an antivirus, keyboard control application, a pair of IM clients, adding several gadgets to the desktop and so on I get consistent scores of 8650 and higher.
Needless to say I’m very happy with the setup and performance. Photoshop CS4 starts up in under 3 seconds. Everything else starts up even faster. Also I can’t say how happy I am to finally move to a widescreen. Everything is just so much easier and more efficient. Photo editing is great as well with so much screen real estate.
And on top of that I was able to get rid of a million useless cradles and accessories plaguing my work space. The card reader is built right into the computer, speakers are replaced with a sound bar and mouse and keyboard no longer need an RF receiver on the desk, just a simple bluetooth dongle in the back of the computer.
I also will say that I’m very happy with Windows 7. Never had the urge to try Vista, so I stuck with XP for many years. I’m glad I made the jump now.