HOME

DANZ FORUM GALLERY

SPANISH

Firearms Tulsa Weather
*KIDS* Site Map

Links Sounds
Pictures Videos
Interesting Private
Texts Contact

January 2018
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
  1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31      

Random Family Photo


www.flickr.com
This is a Flickr badge showing public photos from dondanz. Make your own badge here.



Random Photo of Chief Illiniwek (Read why this is here)

Most Recent Comments

David: My son was successful applying equal weight on each axle. ... [view]

Venky: Can I post any pictures here?... [view]

Christopher: Don, Wow!!! Now this is a step back in time.. THANK YOU! I stumbled upon your page as I bet many hav... [view]

Susan: I love these photos!... [view]

Kathy: Adorable. Thanks for showing us how you made him. ... [view]

Most Commented Posts

Modest Swimwear (403 Comments)
FedEx Sucks! (235 Comments)
Rick Monday Saves the American Flag (130 Comments)
Sgt. Rafael Peralta - New Photos (110 Comments)
BOAC Junior Jet Club (88 Comments)
Lands' End Polo - FREE GIVEAWAY (57 Comments)
Rosemary Kennedy Dies (48 Comments)
HERO: Sgt. Rafael Peralta (34 Comments)
Tulsa Zoo: Battle Over Religious Displays (32 Comments)
Lindsey Jacobellis - Style Over Substance (27 Comments)

By Category

Audio Blog
Baseball
Birthdays
Brothers
Cool
Events
Family
Fitness
Food
Friends
Garden
General
Heroes
Holidays/Anniversaries
Humor
Live Blogging
Music
People
Pets
Places
Politics
Products
Quip
School
Scouts
Sports
Star Wars
Website


By Month

April 2017
February 2017
March 2016
November 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
November 2014
October 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004
September 2004
August 2004
July 2004
June 2004
(searches blog only)

Google

(searches entire site)
• 1322 entries
• 2564 comments
• 72 trackbacks
• 01.03.18 09:30am last update

Latest Entry:
April 1, 2017 @ 11:28 PM
Latest Comment:
June 30, 2017 @ 12:40 AM

Blog Life:

Alexa Details

Blogger Profile

TTLB Ecosystem Details

TypePad Profile

Who Links To Me

eXTReMe Tracker
Original Design:
Julie Zidel

Upgrade and Improvement:
Dan Wolfgang, uiNNOVATIONS


Powered by Movable Type

Image from iStockPhoto:
iStockPhoto

Web Hosting with TotalChoice:
TotalChoice Hosting

Syndicate this site:
XML: RSS 1.0
XML: RSS 2.0
XML: Atom 0.3
XML: RSD 1.0
Add to Google More about Google Reader
Subscribe with FeedBurner More about FeedBurner
Subscribe with Bloglines More about Bloglines
Subscribe with myFeedster More about Feedster
Add Danz Family to your Kinja digest More about Kinja
Subscribe in Pluck RSS reader More about Pluck
Subscribe in NewsGator Online More about NewsGator
Add to My MSM More about MSN syndicated content
Alert me to update via MSN Messenger, Mobile or Hotmail More about MSN alerts
Add to My Yahoo! More about adding to myYahoo!
Subscribe in Rojo More about subscribing in Rojo
Add your feed to Newsburst More about Newsburst from CNET News.com

Weather:



Apr 17 2008

New Computer - Dell XPS 630

890-dell-xps-630.png

I finally broke down and ordered a new computer. We got our old one in the fall of 2001 and while it was still running strong, it was a little slow and unable to handle really demanding programs (*cough* recent *cough* games *cough*...OK, photo and video editing software too). Since last year, I've been researching options, configuring potential systems, watching prices and waiting for new components to come out. Finally, last Friday I found I was able to use multiple discounts on a Dell build of components and options that I really liked. The final price was below even what I could get at a discount parts seller for everything unassembled. I placed the order and, today, our new Dell arrived.

892-intel-e8500.pngThe hardest decision was whether to get it with Windows XP or Vista and whether to get a 32-bit or 64-bit operating system. Long...very long...story short, once we decided that, since we weren't breaking the bank getting the most outrageous options possible, this computer would not have to have a life-span of nearly seven years. XP is sturdy, familiar, faster and more compatible than Vista. Along with many, many others, we'll be skipping Vista entirely and go straight from XP to Windows 7. Since we were staying with XP, I decided we'd also stay with 32-bit as there is simply no compelling reason to jump to 64-bit.

Once the decision was made that the computer wouldn't have to last forever, the choice of what CPU to get was also easier. At similar prices, dual core chips run at a higher clock speed than quad core chips. But, for programs that are optimized to run on multiple cores, the slower clock speed of a quad core CPU is more than made up for by the additions cores so, in theory, a similarly priced quad core is faster than a dual core. In actuality, very few programs are optimized to take advantage of multiple cores. As a result, most programs today, including high end games, run faster on a similarly priced dual core rather than a quad core. I picked out the 3.0GHz E8400 as the optimal performance value in dual cores but to qualify for one of the discounts I had to go with the slightly more expensive E8500. The end result with the E8500 and discount was much cheaper than configured with the E8400.

The final specs on our new Dell:

DELL XPS 630i

- Intel Core2 E8500 (3.16GHz, 6MB L2 Cache, 1333 FSB, 45nm)
- 4GB Corsair Dominator DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz, 4 DIMMs
- nVidia GeForce 8800 GT 512MB
- 750GB Hard Drive, 7200RPM, SATA 3.0Gb/s, 16MB Cache
- Dual Drives: 48x Combo + 16x DVD+/-RW w/ dbl layer
- Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio
- 750 watt Power Supply
- Windows XP Professional

I wouldn't have even gone with another Dell except for the fact that they are moving their tech support back to the United States, they are moving away from 891-dell-ultrasharp-2208wfp.pngproprietary hardware and some other reasons such as their implementation of ESA (Enthusiast System Architecture).

In January we replaced our monitor. Our old CRT had grown irreversibly fuzzy. After much research and consideration, we went with a Dell 22" UltraSharp 2208WFP widescreen flat panel monitor (1680 x 1050, 5 millisecond, 1000:1, adjustable height, tilt, swivel and pivot). The quality and design of the monitor is outstanding.

[Update:] Holy cow is this thing fast! I had purposely been keeping my expectations low regarding noticing any speed change except in really demanding tasks. But, everything, from just opening a file to surfing the internet is much much faster. And, I'm not talking about just an incremental increase in speed, everything is faster by an order of magnitude! It's amazing!

Posted by Don |

1 Comments

  1. Don,

    I enjoyed finding your post about your Dell XPS 630.
    I just bought one for my wife since running genealogy programs on her older HP Pavillion /w Windows was getting to be a hassle. The darn thing keeps shutting down on her.
    She said she needed a bigger computer, but didn't know what to buy.

    Ironically, I configured one pretty much the same as yours, with Windows XP, except that my 4gb of memory is not the Corsair.... she doesn't play games anyway.
    No monitor; we'll use her existing 20" Samsung flat screen.
    This afternoon I bought another 21" Samsung wide screen monitor in order to see what's going on between the computers when I (attempt) to transfer files and programs).

    You didn't mention what kind of video you had. Is it integrated or a separate card?

    Ours came with the 512mb Nvidia 8800 GT video. I don't know if it's integrated or a separate card (I haven't unpacked the computer yet. We'd like to add a 2nd monitor.

    Do you know if just putting a 2nd video card in the machine and hooking it up to a separate monitor will work so I can pull windows across from one screen to another?

    One last question and I'll leave you along... how did you transfer files from your last system to your new Dell XPS 630? Did you by any chance buy the Laplink PC Mover Dell offered? I did, but after reading some of the reviews I'm almost afraid to try it.

Post a comment

(If you haven't left a comment here before, you may need to be approved by the site owner before your comment will appear. Until then, it won't appear on the entry. Thanks for waiting.)



0 TrackBacks

Listed below are links to blogs that reference this post: New Computer - Dell XPS 630.

TrackBack URL for this entry: http://www.danzfamily.com/cgi-bin/mt/mt-tb.cgi/576