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Old 12-27-2005, 10:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default FOUR VERY IMPORTANT QUESTIONS: Please help quickly!

1.) Is the Pentium D Processor 820 with Dual Core Technology (2.80 GHz, 800 FSB) the best Intel processor , and does it almost match AMD X2?

2.) Is Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 533MHz- 2 DIMMS good?

3.) Is the following a good computer, and will it play FEAR greatly?

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XPS 400 Pentium® D Processor 820 with Dual Core Technology (2.80GHz, 800FSB)
Operating System Genuine Windows® XP Media Center 2005 Edition
Memory 1GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 533MHz- 2DIMMs
Keyboard Dell USB Keyboard
Monitors Video Ready w/o Monitor
Video Cards 256MB Nvidia GeForce 7800 GTX
Hard Drives 160GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM) w/DataBurst Cache™
Floppy Drive and Media Reader No Floppy Drive Included
Mouse Dell® 2-button USB mouse
Network Interface Integrated 10/100/1000 Ethernet
Modem 56K PCI Data Fax Modem
Adobe Software Adobe® Acrobat® Reader 6.0
CD or DVD Drive Dual Drives: 48x CD-RW Drive + 16x DVD+/-RW w/ double layer write capable
Sound Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio
Speakers No speakers (Speakers are required to hear audio from your system)
Office Software (not included in Windows XP) No Productivity Suite - Corel WordPerfect® word processor only
Anti-Virus/Security Suite (Pre-installed) McAfee SecurityCenter with VirusScan, Firewall, Spyware Removal, 15-months
Hardware Warranty 1Yr Ltd Warranty, 1Yr At-Home Service, and 1Yr HW Warranty Support
Home PC Installation No Installation
Dial-Up Internet Access 6 Months of America Online Membership Included
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1) THE X2's crush the Intels D's.

2) Depends on what your mobo is

3) hmm good good good 7800GTX excellent, sata good good good good good good good good


Its a dell throw it away it sucks
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Old 12-27-2005, 10:25 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I also wanted to know...

THe computer I mentioned costs like $1400 including just a 1 year warranty...

Is the mentioned computer better, or am I better off buying the following computer and buying my own $100 PSU, and $500 7800 GTX and getting them installed for free:

The computer is $900... plus $600 would be $1500...wats my better option:

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http://microcenter.com/single_produc...uct_id=0208196
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Configure your own at : www.monarchsystems.com If your not interested in building, this is your best bet.
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Old 12-27-2005, 10:44 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks.

Just one more question:

If I can make one upgrade (Processor vs. RAM with prices in mind) , which upgrade is better:

$100 Processor Upgrade:

Pentium® D Processor 820 with Dual Core Technology (2.80GHz, 800FSB)

to

Pentium® D Processor 830 with Dual Core Technology (3GHz, 800FSB)

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or
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$160 RAM Upgrade:

1GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 533MHz- 2DIMMs

to

2GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 533MHz- 4DIMMs

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Processor or RAM in my situation... which would you do?
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Neither will make any significant difference.
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Bump up the ram to 2GB's
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I suspect that they're using pretty cheap parts, considering how no one in the right mind would sell a prebuilt system of those specs, knowing that whoever buy's pre-built systems from Dells have almost no idea about computers or has crap loads of money to waste.

Did you check what company makes the Videocard, Haddrive(prolly maxtor), and ram?
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If you plan on gaming, forget about the Intels. The crumble next to AMD's X2.

The Dell XPS is a computer made for people who don't know computers to brag about to other people who don't know about computers. If you are serious about getting a decent computer, forget about the name "Dell".

Check out Monarch as p0werslave suggested, or look at cyperpowersystem.com (the AMD systems) or ibuypower.com (the AMD systems).
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goto hp.com and look up the a1130n's ther cheaper and better.
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