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Another What PC (Dell) thread. Sorry!!

Shooter1

Well-known Member
ITs time to upgrade my ageing PC which I have had for about 6 yrs. I have been looking at the Dell site and am looking for a system that will last me another 6 yrs!! Looking to to spend about between £400 -£500 on the new system.

Main uses will be:

Office Applications
Surfing/downloading.
Photo editing in Photoshop
Video editing / rendering via Sony Vegas.
PC wont be used for gaming.

These are my options:

Vostro ST - £407

Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E4500 Processor (2.20GHz,800MHz,2MB cache)
Windows Vista® Home Premium
1 Year Business Hardware Support
MONITOR Dell™ 20" Value Wide Flat Panel
MEMORY 2048MB 667MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [2x1024]
HARD DRIVE 500GB (7200rpm) Serial ATA/100 Hard Drive with 16MB
GRAPHICS CARD Integrated Intel® Graphic Media Accelerator X3100
OPTICAL DRIVE 16x DVD +/- RW Drive edit
KEYBOARD Logitech™ Cordless Desktop™ EX110
SOUND SOFTWARE Integrated 7.1 Channel High Definition Audio
FLOPPY/MEDIA DRIVES 19-in-1 Media Card reader
VIDEO EDITING IEEE 1394 PCI Adapter card


Vostro 200 ST - £507

Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E6550 Processor (2.33GHz,1333MHz,4MB cache)
Windows Vista® Home Premiumt
1 Year Business Hardware Support
MONITOR Dell™ 20" Value Wide Flat Panel
MEMORY 2048MB 667MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [2x1024]
HARD DRIVE 500GB (7200rpm) Serial ATA/100 Hard Drive with 16MB
GRAPHICS CARD ATI Radeon HD 2400 XT 256MB
OPTICAL DRIVE 16x DVD +/- RW Drive
KEYBOARD Logitech™ Cordless Desktop™ EX110
WIRELESS CONNECTIVITY Internal Wireless PCI Card edit
SOUND SOFTWARE Integrated 7.1 Channel High Definition Audio
FLOPPY/MEDIA DRIVES 19-in-1 Media Card reader
VIDEO EDITING IEEE 1394 PCI Adapter card

Vostro 200 MT - £495

Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E6550 Processor (2.33GHz,1333MHz,4MB cache) edit
Windows Vista® Home Premium
1 Year Business Hardware Support
MONITOR Dell™ 20" Value Wide Flat Panel
MEMORY 2048MB 667MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [2x1024]
HARD DRIVE 500GB (7200rpm) Serial ATA Hard Drive with 16MB
256MB ATI® Radeon™ HD 2600 XT graphics card
OPTICAL DRIVE 16x DVD +/- RW Drive
KEYBOARD Logitech™ Cordless Desktop™ EX110
SOUND SOFTWARE Integrated 7.1 Channel High Definition Audio
FLOPPY/MEDIA DRIVES 19-in-1 Media Card Reader
VIDEO EDITING IEEE 1394 PCI Adapter card


The main differences between the 1st option and the other 2 are the processor and graphics cards. Will I see any real benefit by spending nearly £90-£100 extra?

All comments appreciated.
 

Miss Chief

Distinguished Member
The faster CPU will help loads in your video editing but I'd see if you can upgrade the monitor to a 22" one, the extra space will be great for your videos and you'll be grateful for it I'm sure. There's not much difference between the 2 cards though, i think the 2600XT is slightly faster but both will play back HD stuff with no trouble.
 

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