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Old 05-17-02, 08:45 AM
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Is this a good computer???? Please Help

Sony VAIO Digital Studio Desktop with Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor 1.8GHz
Model: PCV-RX670

PRODUCT FEATURES
Intel® Pentium® 4 processor 1.8GHz, with 400MHz frontside bus for a powerful CPU-to-memory connection

256KB L2 on-chip memory for efficient system processing

512MB PC2100 DDR RAM for multitasking power, expandable to 1.0GB

80.0GB Ultra ATA/100 hard drive

DVD-RW/CD-RW combo drive (2x1x4 DVD-RW, 8x4x24 CD-RW)

40x maximum speed CD-ROM drive

nVidia TNT2 M64 4X AGP 3D graphics card, with 32MB video SDRAM

i.LINK (IEEE 1394) interface and USB connections, both front and rear accessible, and Sony Memory Stick media slot

10Base-T/100Base-TX Ethernet networking card and V.90 high-speed fax modem

Windows XP Home Edition operating system preinstalled

Software bundle included

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Old 05-17-02, 08:58 AM
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it's a fine computer. i don't see a price listed, but i would also guess that it is EXPENSIVE. the only real problem that i see with it is that sony is for some reason putting a 3-year old video card in an otherwise fast computer--but all the computer manufacturers seem to be doing that. a name like "digital studio" implies that it is a graphics machine, but not with that video card.
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Old 05-17-02, 10:34 AM
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I agree with Eeyore. That video card is way behind the curve. I guess they're calling it a "Digital Studio" because of the FireWire and Memory Stick reader(?).
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You could do better for less, if you didn't get a Sony.
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Old 05-18-02, 04:00 AM
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unless this is real cheap computer pass on this computer.

old video card.


posted while tired and missed a whole drive.

how much is the computer i guess would be the best question also it should have a dvd rom drive not a cheap cdrom drive- bad move Sony.

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Old 05-18-02, 04:56 AM
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it has a DVD-RW / CD-RW.

which would be pretty cool, actually. but you're right--i doubt that the computer is a good value
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Old 05-18-02, 12:42 PM
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how much is it anyway? a month ago, my friend got a similar computer (except it was a 1.6GHz, 32MB TNT vid card, and she got Office XP) for less than $900. the same configuration from dell was $2000, and the same configuration from sonystyle.com was $1500.

so if you can get a deal like that, maybe you should buy it. if you're mainly doing office apps, browsing the internet, using it with your PDA and your digicam, and doing few other things (like my friend), then you don't need a new graphics card.
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Originally posted by namja
the same configuration from dell was $2000
wow, something must have been messed up when you guys were pricing it..
we price dell systems constantly.. and last month, a system matching those specs would have been right about $1000, maybe as high as 1100 (if you include the 3 year onsite warranty)
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Originally posted by twikoff
wow, something must have been messed up when you guys were pricing it..
we price dell systems constantly.. and last month, a system matching those specs would have been right about $1000, maybe as high as 1100 (if you include the 3 year onsite warranty)
Right now, it's pricing as $1975 for the 1.7GHz version:

Dimension 4400
512 MB RAM
80 GB HD
3 Yr Warranty
Windows XP Home
Office XP Pro
Video Ready Only (No Monitor)
16 MB Graphics Card
48x CD-ROM
DVD+RW/CD-RW Combo (this alone is $500)
Etc.
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Old 05-18-02, 07:20 PM
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Thats because it comes with a P4 1.7 ghz, one of the most expensive processors, and unless you are doing high powered video editing or massive business apps, then you don't need that much power. Get an Athlon XP or a slower P4. Never buy the top of the line computer from a premade gig, (dell, gateway, sony) your only going to waste money because in a month it won't be top of the line and you will pay for the top of the line previledge. Just some friendly advice.
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As the others said, the video card is too old, specially if you want to play games.

I would also go with an Athlon XP and with the faster PC2700 RAM instead of the PC2100.
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Just go with a Dell. With a Dell you have room to upgrade and swap out components without having to worry about things being built-in.
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Old 05-19-02, 10:30 PM
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Originally posted by Mopower
Thats because it comes with a P4 1.7 ghz, one of the most expensive processors
Still out of line. A Pentium4 1.8A is around $200 retail.

Crow121 if your comfortable adding drives and OSs just get a barebones from Googlegear and do it yourself. http://www.googlegear.com/jsp/ThirdC...egoryCode=0316

$431.00 for the same CPU with better RAM. Spend the diff on a better Vid card, a 7200 HD and XP Pro instead of Home.
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I have the RX650 it is P4 1.6 same ram, same video card same size hard drive but no DVD writer. I paid 1099 then had a hundred dollar rebate. I am happy as can be with the system picked up the Z560 speakers and it rocks.
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