My parents are going to buy a new computer and its all I use seeing as how I have no money or job. They refuse to buy anything except for a Dell. So I told them I'll help them choose the right system. I looked at the Dell Dimension 9100. I went on started to customize it. Look at the specs below, what would you change? My parents only have $1500 to spend. You can go and see the system HERE Pentium 4 Processor 630 with HT Technology (3GHz, 800FSB) Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 1GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 533MHz- 2DIMMs 160GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM) w/DataBurst Cache Dual Drives: 16x DVD-ROM Drive + 48x CD-RW Drive 256MB PCI Express x16 (DVI/VGA/TV-out) nVidia GeForce 6800 Sound Blaster Live! 24-bit ADVANCED HD Audio Dell A425 30 Watt 2.1 Stereo Speakers with Subwoofer Logitech MX 518 Optical Mouse <--(for me =]) Thanks in advance.
The 9100 is a great system... the BTX form factor helps keep it both very quiet and very cool. If the specs that you listed bring you up to your $1500 budget, then I don't see any trades you should make... that system looks perfect. However, if you have some cash to spare, it looks like bumping that P4 up to a 3.2GHz might be the best upgrade. Also the 10000 RPM 80GB hard drive is a good upgrade. It will help decrease load and boot times. Looks like a pretty kick ass system though. Gotta love that BTX.
The Dimension 9100 is a nice system, alot nice than my old Dimension 8300 is. Those specs look pretty good for a $1500 Dell, you should be able to play about any newer games on that. Only thing is if you go above 3.0Ghz your getting a Pentium D. :uhm:
Could you see if you cab get a 6800gt? It is alot faster than a plain 6800. I would build that computer and save about $300 on it but if your parents insist on dell, that is the best option.
GREAT system! I have the predisessor to that system, the 8400 and it works great, except for my video card (i just cheaped out on it). but you are not, so thats good. I would suggest getting a 3.2 cpu or a 3.4. seriously, thats the only thing i can think of to upgrade. its a great system! enjoy!
another thing, stay away from dual core P4's for the life of ya! they need to work a lot of bugs outta them. stick with the 6xx series. if you call them up to order, they give you more options
Dragokatzovanother thing, stay away from dual core P4's for the life of ya! they need to work a lot of bugs outta them. stick with the 6xx series. if you call them up to order, they give you more options
Would you care to qualify that? I can see avoiding Smithfield on heat issues, but I'm not aware that there are any other problems with them, especially considering that they are literally two Prescotts sitting side-by-side.
[color=Blue]Well I think I might get the Dell 5100 because I can get the [/color][color=Blue]Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor 541 w/HT Technology (3.20GHz,800FSB) and it the same ammount of money. One more question, whats the difference between the intel 630 3.0 and the intel 531 3.0?. I;m goin the get the Demension 510 with same specs only replace the P4 3.0 with a P4. 3.2. Thanks for the help.[/color]:D
The 630 3.0GHz is better. It has something called EM64T (Extended Memory 64 Technology) that allowes it to run 64 bit applications just like AMD's series of Athlon 64's. I would get the 3.0GHz of the 600 series over the 3.2GHz of the 500 series.
Ok, I dident know that there was a difference like that. I'm back to the 9100! (God I hate computer shopping)