The "Has anyone taken delivery" thread is getting out of control - and far more people there are not owners... SO how about this new and improved XPS 435 Owner's Thread!? Instead of posting 15 updates a day about delayed orders, newest deals, etc, how about we start a thread dedicated to the owners of this machine, and also a place where future owners can ask technical or performance questions about the machine. There are a good amount of owners here, so let's build a community!
I have one on order with a 1TB 7200 RPM drive. Does anyone know who the manufacture is on the drives that Dell is using? I will be adding an additional 1.5TB drive once it arrives for less that half the cost that Dell wants for one.
It appears as if they are using a variety of drives from Seagate to Samsung. I've seen more Seagate mentioned, however. I have a feeling the 1TB is a Samsung based on the SilentSeek reference. I think the choice depends on your size drive, ultimately.
I have the 435MT with 1.28TB via two 640GB Samsung HD642JJ 3.0Gbps 16Mb Buffer SATA Drives via RAID 0. They are actually the quietest drives I've owned and seem quite fast via RAID 0. I've had not a single issue and besides the occasional hibernation, they've been on 24/7 since I got this machine. This is my work machine and they get a lot of use. It's the first Samsung drive I've owned and I have to admit to be impressed. If you hit the 435MT and 435T drivers page, you see them mention the Seagate drives, also notecd in several of the reviews. I've had a number of Dell machines over the years and know they also go with WD at times.
I ended up purchasing a Velociraptor to serve as my system drive... I have a Terabyte HD in an older PC... Will I be okay with If I add these and make 3 total HDs with the stock PSU?
Thanks for the reply! Yeah I sprung for the 4870 video card - but I think I see what you are saying. Why would they offer all those upgrades if the PSU couldn't hang with it? I appreciate the advice!
I ordered my 435T on 2/28 and received it on 3/14. Mine has the 4670, 3GB RAM, 500GB Seagate hard drive. I've added two more hard drives and another 3GB of RAM.
I am extremely pleased with the system. The only issues I've experienced are a disappearing media card reader, a misaligned front bezel which caused my SD cards to fall behind the bezel, and an optical drive that requires a hard button push to open. Minor quibbles.
I am running Windows 7 x64 on it and it runs great.
Everything works. A great system!
I've added another 3GB of RAM.....I am running Windows 7 x64 on it and it runs great.
[quote user="sawaddi"]I've added another 3GB of RAM.....I am running Windows 7 x64 on it and it runs great.
No errors at all. I purchased the memory from Dell for $16 each at the time,