Just buy one 80 GB Intel X25-M G2.Ok, so I was thinking that I would be better off getting a SSD now, but I'm not sure how many I would need (1,2?).
I bought 2x 30 GB OCZ Vertex in RAID0 myself, but it is still uncertain if Intel will ever have TRIM support for their RAID chipsets (my motherboard has a Intel ICH10r RAID chip)
Why You Absolutely Need an SSD (somewhere in the Anandtech article he recommends buying just one for this reason). He also concludes: "You should buy the largest drive you need/can afford. If you only have 30GB of data on your system, buy the 64GB Indilinx drive (Vertex). If you need 50GB? Opt for the 80GB Intel drive."
I believe the 46xx/47xx/48xx is the generation of the cards. And the last two numbers is the speed.Do you think anything below a ATI Radeon 46xx+ is not good enough? Some of the Dell options only allow an upgrade to a ATI Radeon 4350. I'm not sure how much of an impact that would make on performance if I went with the 43
Take a look at this chart.
So a 4770 is faster than a 4850, but a new 4830 is faster than the old 3850. The numbers really make no sense.
Another problem with DELL is their basic model is really nice and cheap, but they charge a lot for any upgrades. Just let your friend build you a PC.