Dell's full-page ads in Toronto-area newspapers 30 April feature a special deal on the XPS 8500 desktop, available May 1st and 2nd only. Yet the Canadian website only shows the older XPS 8300 model as available to order and a search for 8500 turns up no response. What gives? Is the 8500 available or not? Consistency people, consistency!
Dell has it posted now, at least here in the US. I just got a notification it was up.
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Yep, they now have it listed on the Canadian site as well. Dell just keeps making it harder and harder to order though. Used to be you could have a system virtually completely built to order from the ground up, choosing from a whole laundry list of options from case to power supply to system configuration. With the 8500, at least so far, there are only 4 standard configurations and the only customizations are a few software options and accessories - no memory options, no video card options, no disk drive options, no interface card options, nothing. None of the configurations offered are what I'm actually looking for (16 gig ram, fast CPU but without overclocking in order to avoid cooling issues , 2xSSD drives for system, applications, page file and temps, 1 or 2 TB RAID0 conventional drive pair for data storage, nVidia graphics card, Firewire & USB2/3 interfaces). Was all set to order when I first saw the 8500 announced but now I'm having to reconsider after seeing the limited customization offered - I know a kilobuck or two ain't what it used to be but when I spend that much money I want it to be EXACTLY what I need, no compromises.
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I saw another post complaining about the limited customization. I suspect that will come with time.
From what you describe it would better to just build your own system and you can have what you want. I'm a "old time" computer tech and for years would only buy factory built systems. I finally built my own about 3 years ago and would never consider buying a factory built desktop again (I plan on upgrading my system to an i7 later this year for my recording studio PC).
"Recording studio PC" - sounds like we have similar priorities, in addition to heavy-duty photography apps like Lightroom and Photoshop, this system I looking to buy will do double duty as the core of a VO recording studio and film/video sound editing workstation. I like the looks of the professional studio DAW offerings from Rain, especially with their silenced chassis, but would like to find something comparable for less $$$.
Yes, building my own would be the best way to go. Alas, as an apartment dweller I have no workshop or free space to undertake such a project. Buying a computer from Dell used to give the best of both worlds - almost as many customization options as if one was indeed buying the bare components and assembling it oneself from the ground up, yet the convenience, ability to finance one's purchase, and the warranty protection of buying an off-the-shelf fully assembled factory product. In addition, ordering from Dell gave one the security of knowing the components one selected would actually work properly with each other. For an example, as I recall when I bought a first-generation XPSR tower from Dell many years ago, when one selected the video card and drive options in the online configuration menu, the system would check to see that the power supply in the base system had adequate output to support one's choices and substitute an upgraded one that would sustain the load if it didn't.
I would look at a Dell commercial line PC, as it is more suited for what you want to do than the "home/consumer" models. Avid, who makes "Pro Tools" the most widely used recording studio software, only validates certain models of the Dell Optiplex desktop line. Same way professional video studios, who use Dell computers, use the commercial line of PC's. US based support (English, as a primary language, speaking techs) is also available for the commercial lline systems where the home/consumer only has the India based support.
If I were to buy a Dell for my recording studio it would be an Optiplex or maybe even a Precision model. They are higher priced but also more rugged and designed for "continuous" operation.