Getting a new PC

After 3.5 years with the same slow 3 Ghz P4, it was time to upgrade. Funny thing is, I was not going to, but looking at prices at DELL’s site with my husband (who was also looking into getting a new PC for Photoshop to replace his old G4 Mac), I ended up chatting with a DELL representative who gave me $250 off on a QuadCore 2.4 Ghz XPS 630. She added 64bit Vista (will use mostly the 32bit of Vegas Pro though), 6 GB RAM, and a 640 GB drive (all options that were not available on DELL’s XPS site). If she was not doing these changes for me, I wouldn’t have gone ahead (in fact, I wasn’t looking into buying yet as I am waiting for the new crop of AVCHD cameras first). Thing is though, my PC is slow and my XP is slowly degrading (it now takes a full 4-5 minutes before my PC is usable after a clean reboot).

The only thing I was not careful about though was to get the ATi HD3870 GDDR4 instead of the GeForce 9800 GT 512MB. The ATi model has an additional HDMI port and it’s faster in sheer hardware speed (bus/memory throughput) which is what I am mostly interested rather than special drivers/APIs or OpenGL (as Vegas don’t supports those anyway). But on the other hand, Magic Bullet for Editors 2.1 is only accelerated with GeForce cards, so I am kinda stuck here (I still use the older version of Magic Bullet even if I own the brand new version, as the brand new version is too buggy).

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