My communications with HP paid off and got me escalated for faster delivery then predicted.
I did the initial setup outside the edit bay to make sure all was well. Installed the GTX 570 and the Caldigit Raid array, 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 PPBM 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 video under my belt recently, its time to explore new frontiers.