I'd go with any of their workstation 390/490 level machines, with at least 4G RAM and one pair of SATA RAID primary drives. If you're using Photoshop very much, remember that the recommended config calls for a secondary scratch hard drive, so you may want a third drive or a second pair. SCSI isn't as big a boost as it was because it's basically built in to the SATA interface already at this level. Also, I'd specify either a really wide monitor or more likely, dual 19" screens.
Unless your IT guys already have a fair amount of experience with Vista, I'd specify XP PRO... Art On Dec 9, 2007 3:34 AM, Meredith, Ashley <Ashley_Meredith at brown.edu> wrote: > I've just had a hardware failure that means I get to upgrade to Vista Pro and > the latest versions of FrameMaker and Acrobat Pro, as quick as I can get a > new workstation ordered. The only stipulation that my university makes is > that it prefers Dell. I haven't been paying much attention to hardware > improvements lately, so I need to ask, does anyone have recent experience > with their offerings? I can pretty much have what I ask for, so which model > of Dell desktop should I specify? Which options? Are the wireless keyboard > and mouse a hindrance? Also, would a SCSI drive be much of an improvement > over their default drive? > _______________________________________________ > > -- Art Campbell art.campbell at gmail.com "... In my opinion, there's nothing in this world beats a '52 Vincent and a redheaded girl." -- Richard Thompson No disclaimers apply. DoD 358