Just ordered a new DELL.. Tell me what ya think..

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  1. Chip E

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    Scratch the junk Haron Kardon speakers that come with this order. I bought the Logitech Z680 system in the peripherals section on DELL's site [​IMG]
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    5.1 DD/DTS processor 550watts total


    Order detail - order placed 4/19/2003 1:45:52 PM

    Pentium® 4 Processor at 2.80GHz w/533MHz front side bus/ 512K L2 Cache Qty:

    1 Unit Price: $1,494.00

    Floppy Drive and Additional Storage Devices 3.5 in Floppy Drive
    Mouse Dell® 2-button scroll mouse
    CD or DVD Burner for 2nd bay FREE UPGRADE! New 48x/24x/48x Max CD-RW Drive
    Sound Card Sound Blaster Audigy 2™ sound card with DVD Audio
    Security Software Norton Antivirus® 2003 12-month subscription upgrade
    Limited Warranty, Services and Support Options 1 Year Limited Warranty plus 1 Year At-Home Service
    Software Bundles Microsoft® Works Suite 2003 with Money 2003
    Operating System Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition
    Memory SAVE $60! (Savings included in price) 512MB DDR SDRAM at 333MHz
    Monitors 19 in (18.0 in viewable) M992 Monitor
    Keyboard Dell® Enhanced Multimedia Keyboard
    Special Offer $50 Special Offer
    Digital Music Dell Jukebox powered by MUSICMATCH
    Speakers New Harman Kardon® HK-206 Speakers
    Hard Drive 30GB Ultra ATA/100 7200RPM Hard Drive
    Network Interface Integrated Intel® PRO 10/100 Ethernet
    CD or DVD Drive 16 Max DVD-ROM Drive
    Digital Photography Dell Picture Studio, Image Expert Standard
    Modem 56K PCI Telephony Modem
    Video Cards New 128mb DDR ATI Radeon™ 9700 TX Graphics Card with TV-Out and DVI
     
  2. Scott L

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    Lookin good! I like the graphics card, though I heard to be wary when there's a TX in the name. Can anyone explain?
     
  3. Todd K

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    Well, I can't tell you what a die hard HTPC enthusiast would say, but I can say that it's pretty much identical to the computer I would buy if I were to throw down the cash today.

    A very solid machine -- way to go.
     
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    I would have thought $1500 could buy you a hard drive larger than 30GB.
     
  5. Chip E

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    Yeah.. had i not moved some other things around and not upgraded the memory,sound card,video card.monitor & antivirus, yeah, i could've got a bigger hard drive. I have a 17 gig HD in my current computer and never used more than 10 gig. Should suffice [​IMG]

    Thanks guys. I'll be moving my Microsoft Intellipoint Explorer optical mouse to this computer too.
     
  6. Todd K

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    edit, double post
     
  7. Todd K

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    You know as I was responding I was thinking that the smaller hard drive probably saved you some money. Whenever I went to price a similar model to yours on the Dell site, the default was always a large hard drive and I always thought I wish I could get a smaller one for less $$. Between the two hard drives I have now, I have 53 gigs of space and I use like 12. The money saved can go to more important resources.
     
  8. Chip E

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    Todd,

    The default option was a 60 gig HD. $50.00 more for something i won't use. Spread that 50 bucks elsewhere in the order...ya know? I'll probably have the new mean machine by Monday. Cool! [​IMG]
     
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    Looks like a nice PC. I take it you don't play games because that hard drive would be way too small then.
     
  10. MikeAlletto

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    You can save money when pricing computers at dell by choosing minimum memory (but it from crucial for about half the price) and a smaller HD. But that assumes they aren't offering deals. Sometimes their deals offset the cost of buying memory from crucial, but not always.

    Speaking of HD usage, I've got a 30GB and 80GB HD in my pc now that I built. The 30GB is just about full and the 80 has about 20GB free, so I too think 30 is really small, but then again I have a ton of crap on my computer [​IMG]
     
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    Ok, Brian...spill, where'd you get that price? [​IMG]
     
  13. Chip E

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    The Z680's are on back order till 5/5.. probably a good thing since there was a hiss issue with the DD decoder unit with this package. All the newer ones shipping are supposed to have a fix. (fingers crossed)
    DELL people said i might have the rest of the order by Saturday.
     
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    Chip I'm glad you're excited about those speakers but try hooking up your PC to your theater. You'll probably be wanting to put them on Ebay after a listen or two. [​IMG]
     
  16. Chuck C

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    I'll tell you what, I've just become addicted to ripping CDs onto my HD in Windows Media Player 9. Each CD at 192Kbps is about 100-120mb. That could really add up. I'd like to get about 100+ GB on my next computer.
     
  17. Chip E

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    You guys got me thinking... I have 30 days to upgrade anything i want. I just might, for an extra 70 bucks, upgrade to the 120 gig Western Digital Caviar Speciale Edition HD. Has a 8 meg buffer. I'd have to clean the thing up anyway once i got the computer with all the junk software they install. This way, i get a nice big HD and get to install what i want on it. Some of you may be right... just get a bigger hard drive- what the hell [​IMG]
     

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