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Author Topic: Dell 9100 deal - Frame Rates and possible upgrades?  (Read 1276 times)
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Kestrel
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« on: August 23, 2005, 02:45:08 AM »

My son wants to buy a new computer, and I see that Dell is offering this deal now -

DellSmall Business - Dual-Core Capable Dimension 9100 with
3.0Ghz Pentium 4 630 HT
512MB Dual Channel DDR2
128MB ATI Radeon X300 SE PCIe x16
40GB S-ATA
48x CD-Rom
7.1 Audio for $679
with FREE 19" LCD E193FP

He wants to get it for work and FPS gaming.  It looks like a nice price for a moderately capable gaming rig.

Anyone have this rig? What frame rates do you get in Far Cry or similar games?

Any recommendations for upgrades?

I know he wants a DVD burner, so the 16x DVD+/-RW will add $90

I also thought I would suggest that he go for the ultrasharp 1905 FP for $50. Anyone know Dell's policy on returns for dead pixels on the LCD?

He should probably get a gig of RAM for $100.

I think he will want to add the 80 GB HDD for $20 or the 160 for $60.

How about the dual core processor? He can get a 2.8 Ghz for $100 more.

And is the 256 MB ATI X600 SE worth an extra $40?

How does this Small Business deal work? Does he qualify and can he get warranty support without problems?

Thanks for any help you can give.

Mods, Sorry If this is in the wrong forum.
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« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2005, 04:10:38 AM »

If he wants to play games especially newer FPS, that Radeon X300 is garbage.  It is only slightly better than an integrated video card.  Also if you get that lcd display it has a native resolution of 1280x1024.  Which means you will want to play any FPS at that resolution to get the best image.  A X300SE will not cut it.  You need a 6600GT/Radeon equivalent or higher card to play newer FPS at good frame rates and resolutions.

The DVD burner at $90 is overpriced.  You can buy them on Newegg for about $45.

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« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2005, 06:03:22 AM »

I`ll agree, if you want to play games he`ll (and you of course) will want at least! a 6600 card of some kind. The ram really needs to be at least 1gb also. I`m running a 3.0 w/ a 1gb and a 6800gt, and everything runs great still.
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« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2005, 12:16:34 AM »

In before the move slywink

and ... Memory upgrades thru DELL are going to be twice the money ... if you mean upping from 512 to 1024 is going to cost $100.00.  The only benefit of doing this is the two sticks they sell you initially will be 512 MB .. instead of the 256'ers you will get otherwise

Pop into CRUCIAL or KINGSTON to check memory prices

You might be better off getting the DVD burner and Memory from New egg or something


I just added a gig of ram to the existing dual 256'ers DELL installed at about 123.00 shipped from New Egg (kingston re-directed me there for the sale)

I have a DELL 8300 and it has 4 memory slots .. 2 of which contained 256MB sticks ... I had to install in groups of two (to maintain dual channel functionality or something) .. so I opted to go a full GIG now rather than chuck memory later (ie .. sell to my brother)
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« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2005, 02:53:15 AM »

whoops forgot to move this last night.  Going to the Hardware forum...
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« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2005, 03:59:28 AM »

PhreezePeach -

Do you mean that you kept the 2-256 sticks in there and added 2-512's?  I thought they might all have to match.
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« Reply #6 on: August 24, 2005, 01:05:01 PM »

No ... they're all in there ... 1.5 gig total now .. I just wasn't sure I'd be happy at 1 gig total going forward

Helps significantly for gaming (Vampire: Bloodlines) ... I'm thinking of restarting Morrowind

and to think my first computer (amiga) came home with 256k (1986)  :lol:
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« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2005, 10:05:01 PM »

Thanks everyone, I gave him some suggestions, so he's on his own now - probably will order today.
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