This is what I decided on. I'll be ordering Monday.
XPS M1530, Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T9300 (2.5GHz/800MHzFSB, 6M L2 Cache) (223-5877)
Alpine White Casing with High Gloss Finish XPS M1530 (313-5825)
4GB, DDR2, 667MHz 2 Dimm, for XPS M1530 (311-7823)
15.4 inch Wide Screen WSXGA+ TrueLife for XPS M1530 (320-6288)
256MB NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT (320-6082)
200G 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive Free Fall Sensor (341-6256)
8X DVD+/-RW Slot Load Drive for XPSM1530 (313-5820)
Integrated Sound Blaster Audigy (313-5014)
Intel 4965AGN Wireless-N Mini-card (430-2449)
Dell Wireless 355 Bluetooth Module (2.0+EDR) (430-2566)
Intel Centrino Core Duo Processor (310-9348)
I decided to max out the insurance and extended warranties They'll be giving me a $70 Dell gift card and some online Lord of the Rings game. I think I'll use the gift card to buy a set of Bluetooth headphones.
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I think your spending too much on it for a bunch of crap your not going to need for just school work. I would rather spend the extra money on a 17 inch lappy. I got mine for 1000 bucks 17 inch HP with an AMD 2.2 ghs dual core turion. You did get the extended service which I added later with accident protecion for 300 bucks, and your comes with 4 gigs of ram instead of 2 like mine, but hey. It si all in hwo much you want to spend and where you put your value. I think yours has a larger cache than mine does too to that also helps, but dunno how muc difference you would see jsut surfing the net and doing homework.
Clint I understand wanting to go big, but what are you going to be using the computer for other than school work?
and that is the first I heard about vista only being able to recognize 3.3 gigs of ram, but then again I have never had more than 2. I could have sworn XP could use alot more than that. Why the backing off on the ammount of ram?
Hehe, unfortunately 17 inches wasn't an available option, and given the great sale they have until April 3rd, I felt compelled to go with the XPS. In all honesty, I probably would have bought an XPS (although one not quite as expensive/powerful) had there not been a sale. I like Dell I'll be using this for more than school work. I'll be using it like any desktop. Downloading lots of music, pictures, watching streaming videos, and maybe play games ever now and then. Mass Effect comes out in May and I've got to have Mass Effect :P
I wanted to get more than I needed so I won't have to upgrade or get a new computer for a decade, ideally. I asked a Dell sales rep about that and he thought this would easily last a decade.
I did not understand why it says it has a core 2 duo processor in one line (see above), then a core duo in another line.
"...To address 4GB of memory you need 32 bits of address bus. (Assuming individual bytes are addressable.) This gives us a problem - the same problem that IBM faced when designing the original PC. You tend to want to have more than just memory in a computer - you need things like graphics cards and hard disks to be accessible to the computer in order for it to be able to use them. So just as the original PC had to carve up the 8086's 1MB addressing range into memory (640K) and 'other' (384K), the same problem exists today if you want to fit memory and devices into a 32-bit address range: not all of the available 4GB of address space can be given over to memory.
For a long time this wasn't a problem, because there was a whole 4GB of address space, so devices typically lurk up in the top 1GB of physical address space, leaving the bottom 3GB for memory. And 3GB should be enough for anyone, right?
So what actually happens if you go out and buy 4GB of memory for your PC? Well, it's just like the DOS days - there's a hole in your memory map for the IO. (Now it's only 25% of the total address space, but it's still a big hole.) So the bottom 3GB of your memory will be available, but there's an issue with that last 1GB. .."
I got a Inspiron 1520 for graduation, and I'm quite happy with it. The only thing that sucks is my dad got me the crappy screen so it doesn't have a very wide viewing angle.
Intel Core Due CPU @ 1.66 GHz
2G RAM (pagin file set to 3.069G)
and a bunch of other crap I don't remember. The comp has some great stuff on the sides....a switch to turn wireless off, 4 USB ports, and my fav...an SD card slot.
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