I was holding off buying a PC until I could get one with Vista. About the time Vista was released, I got a new job and had to move. So my new PC had to wait.
Once I started getting paychecks again...I put in my order to Dell for a new PC.
I really like the way the Dell XPS 710's look. We had several at my last job, and I was close to getting one...but space is a premium for me now. The 710 is big and heavy. You can fill it with a bunch of hard drives...but I only need one hard drive.
I decided to go with a Dell Dimension E520.
Here are the vitals:
- Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit (including original install DVD)
- Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 (2.13 GHz, 1066 FSB, 2MB cache)
- 2 GB DDR2 SDRAM at 667 MHz
- 24 inch Dell 2407FPW UltraSharp LCD
- Intel Integrated Graphics (Temporary solution...waiting on upcoming Nvidia/ATI DirectX 10 cards that should be out this month)
- 250 GB SATA II Hard Drive (7200 RPM)
- 16X DVD+/-RW Drive
- Integrated Audio
- Dell speakers that fit under the flat panel monitor
- 13 in 1 Media Card Reader
- 1 Year Support
The total came to $1,554.76 using my LucasFilm employee discount. The LucasFilm discount saved me about $250. That figure does not include tax, which was an additional $131.73. Shipping was free.
This is my first PC without a floppy drive. I haven't used a floppy in years.
I've used my 21 inch Compaq monitor since I left my job at Compaq in 1997. Back then, I bought it with my employee discount for half price...$1,000. I got 10 years of service out of it...not bad!
The new 24" widescreen LCD looks great. I am hooked on widescreen aspect ratio for computers. This is the same monitor I use at work.
The system is fast and very quiet. I had to turn off my old PC so it would not bother me while watching movies...not so with this one.
The Intel integrated graphics work great for Vista's Aero UI. The original drivers drew some random black lines on the login screen. I updated the drivers and the problem went away.
The only real problem I had was when I turned on the PC, I got an error dialog requesting a Windows disk. The keyboard and mouse weren't functioning so I could not close or skip the dialog box, and inserting all the disks that came with the system did not help. I eventually booted in Safe Mode and got past the the dialog and everything worked fine after that.
I didn't care about this...I had always planned on formatting the hard drive so I could install Vista clean. I hate all the crapware that PC makers add to their OS installations. A clean install gets rid of it all.
I'm very happy with my purchase so far!