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Dell 8400 or Dell 5150



I purchased the dell 8400 around 8 weeks ago just before it was replaced by the Dell 9100.

I bought it with a pentium 4 3.00 ghz and 1mb ram , 160 gb hard drive plus 15 tft monitor, graphics card x300 etc for £440.

I was wondering whether the new dell 5150 is a better base system than this one.

I have the chance og buying a Dell 5150 2 gb memory , pentium 4 3.0 hz, 160 hard drive, 19inch tft, no graphics card for £585.

I have been offered £430 for my 8400 by a friend.

should i keep the 8400 or upgradeto the 5150 (i dont know whether its upgrading really) as the new 8400 replacement seems to be better classed machine than the 5150.

what should i do ( i was going to pay £200 for a 19inch tft in any event and i have now got a X800gt card so i am not bothered that the 5150 has no graphic card with it.


Its a pci express card yes .

so what would i use the other slots for.

I am interested in whether the 8400 would be faster than the 5150 and whether the 5150's chipset is better than the 8400 etc.

i notice the 5150 has the new btx case.


My 5100 is totally silent apart from the hard drive.I got a P4 3.4GHZ model from dell outlet for £234.
If you want a machine in the living room then upgrade if not the keep the 8400. That would be my advice.
As a side note I have now moved my 5100 upstairs due to my old computer failing!

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