Advantages easy to set up and use, quiet running, upgrades well worth the small cost
Disadvantages getting used to Vista, but that's me
It finally happened. The time had finally arrived when our trusty seven year old Compaq died and required resurrecting via yet another reformat. Though it worked well, it was woefully our of date, and money allowed it, so we decided to splurge on a shiny new PC for me and pass the dinosaur on to my son. We decided to go with Dell, as the prices looked good, financing was easy and on extremely reasonable terms, and we had heard good things about them for years from friends and family who owned them (including hubby, who snagged a free Dell lappy during the AOL promo). We looked over the various models the Dell web site had to offer, and decided to customise this particular one.I love to play games on my PC, so I was not willing to settle for the basic onboard graphics that came as standard, so opted to upgrade that bit to the optional ATI Radeon HD 2400 XTgraphics card. With 256 of power, the graphics are clear, sharp, and utterly beautiful. When playing SimCity 4, my old PC ran a bit sluggishly when responding to my scrolling across the landscape, with the graphics slowly filling in from grid squares as I wandered across the vista. No such issues with this here. Clear images, and the buildings and trees flow seamlessly as I glide across my map. Of course, having a good graphics card meant that we needed a worthy monitor to view it on, but while I did not want something flashy, I knew I did not want something tidgy either. So, a compromise was reached and I chose to upgrade to the Dell 20 inch wide screen model. With its non glare screen and easy tilt to adjust stand features, it does the card justice. Its large enough view DVDs comfortably from seating several feet away, showing nice, clear images that make my TV seem as Flintstone vintage as it nearly is, but not so large that my desk looks overcrowded or that it shouts "Look at ME, I'm FLASH!".
Now, my old PC was not the most memory heavy and I had not managed to fill it up despite filling it full of my writings, downloads, and game files. We decided though that since the family was growing up, and all in it would be using it, that it would be wise to upgrade the memory that was offered as well, preventing unnecessary opening of the case later to add it in ourselves. We added the maximum amount of memory that was offered, and I have to say that what was there quite stunned me. It is, to put it non technically, GI-NORMOUS. Likewise the size of the new hard drive, 640 GB to our previous 80 GB made me stare. I have no idea what we shall do to use up all that space, but hey, previous experience tells me that if it is out there, programmers write to take advantage of it, so we took the bite to save us hassle later.The basic version of the 530s comes with Windows Vista Basic. Ha, hubby got fooled by his wallet into not upgrading with his free lappy the first time, and regretted it, paying to upgrade the Vista afterwards. Basic lacks a lot of functionality one takes for granted with Windows, like being able to watch pod casts.
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