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building a dell.. Which one?

Old 05-05-04, 08:07 AM
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building a dell.. Which one?

I am thinking of ordering a dell for my brother. What do you think is the better choice. After playing with the setup, this is what I would like to get:

the 4600 is 3.06 533mhz bus, 1 gig 333 dual ddr., 120 gig serial ata, audigy 2, cdrw, no floppy, ati 9800pro would be $1238-15%-$200=$852

the 8300 is 3.06 800mhz fsb, 512k 400 dual ddr., 120 gig serial ata, audigy 2, cdrw, no floppy, ati 9800pro would be $1049-15%= $891 (add $110 for another 512k)

I assume its worth spending the extra money to get serial ata drives in these systems.

I was going to pass on ordering the 8x dvdrw drive for $89 more I assume its a poor quality drive and I can add a better drive later for about the same price.

are there a better choices? Looking to have an above average game machine.
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Old 05-05-04, 11:51 AM
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the 8300 is 3.06 800mhz fsb, 512k 400 dual ddr., 120 gig serial ata, audigy 2, cdrw, no floppy, ati 9800pro would be $1049-15%= $891 (add $110 for another 512k)

by the way it's 512 MB not k...but i knew what you meant.

Well just from the specs you've given me I'd go for the one with the higher bus and memory speed. amen.

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Old 05-05-04, 12:10 PM
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get the 800mhz fsb, and the 400mhz dual channel ddr and the serial ata. check ram price at www.crucial.com as they're most likely cheaper, and they use the same ram.
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thanks for the replies. My friend says to try to stay away from the prescott as they run too hot and do not preform as well.

How does one tell if the dell I order has northwood or prescott?

Also is it the right call to stay away from the dell dvd rw drive?
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i don't think the 3.06 is prescott..it's northwood i think.

the way to really tell is the last letter.

example. the processor would be a 2.8e vs 2.8c if it's a prescott. 2.8c is a northwood.

Yes the northwoods tend to run warmer...but your getting a dell. Usually they aren't going to give u a defunked machine. They will have proper cooling for either processor.
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Old 05-06-04, 09:27 AM
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8300 all the way. The case it comes in is larger than the 4600. It comes with 4PCI slots and an 8xAGP. Not sure what the AGP port in the 4600 is running at. Also, it's 800MHz which means Hyperthreading.
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