Well, my communication with HP paid off and the delivery time got escalated. The computer and monitor arrived today!
After arrival it was....assembled...tested....GTX 570 got installed...Caldigit Raid was configured...with some minor bumps along the way, but nothing unexpected. Boy, the security measures that Windows need to protect itself are draconian compared to OSX. I understand the need, but it sure makes some things that should be simple, a little less simple.
So, all is well and relocated back into the bay. Next is software installation and KVM (Starcraft) implementation. Then the fun begins. I like how the Z820s user friendly design is reminiscent of the Mac Pro. Swapping cards and stuff is logical, accessible and easy.
Regardless of where I may fall in the PPBM6 speed chart, I feel lucky to be able to jump from an early 2008 Mac Pro (still in service for mail and internet) up to the Starship Z820. With 2 fun music videos under my belt recently, its time to explore new frontiers.
PrP / After Effects Editor http://www.hdshotsandcuts.com
Mac Pro 3,1
Nvidia Quadro 4000
24 gigs ram
Maxx Digital / Areca 8tb. raid