Monday, February 05, 2007

The New Computer

Dell Dimension E521:
  • 20" widescreen digital flat panel monitor
  • AMD Athlon X2 Dual-Core 5000+
  • 1 GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM
  • 256MB NVIDIA Geforce 7300LE TurboCache
  • 320GB Serial ATA Hard Drive
  • 7.1 Dolby Digital sound card
  • 16x DVD+/-RW drive
  • TV tuner with remote
  • Windows Vista upgrade to Premium
Not too shabby. :) THANK YOU, Mom and Dad, for the graduation gift!


Uninformed Decision-Making said...
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Jaggy said...

Your comment may have been deleted for everyone else to see, but I woke up to it this morning.

We are all afraid of Vista. We are afraid of The Man. I'm not thrilled about the DRM crap, and I don't know what this will be like. But not all change is bad, and I'm ready to move on from XP. Furthermore, I assure you, the 1GB RAM will be more than sufficient to run Vista.

No positive reactions? The computer-inclined friends I have all seem pretty excited... "Few" might be a better term than "No."

And it's not like Dell gave me a choice to not have Vista: it was Vista or nothing, and I don't have an XP install disk here.

Mostly, I'm just hoping the new compy doesn't come with AOL shit on it!

Uninformed Decision-Making said...

It will come with "6 months of AOL 'service' from Dell!" eesh. You can, however, choose Earthlink (I believe). Have you spoken directly with a representative and requested in person anything? If not, how do you know they refuse to offer anything else? The website listings are very commonly there to handle the multitudes which, generally speaking, don't know.

I had planned to edit the post to be more descriptive, eloquent, oh well. Excited, perhaps, but your friends may not be experts in this field. (Am I not included in your "friends?" Perhaps you should adjust you own absolute, 'all.') I have read many discussions of the topic of Vista over the last 2 years and I tell you it is not good. Change can be very good, but in this case I don't think so.

May your experience not die with XP. If you're "ready to move on from XP," have you considered Linux (Ubuntu or Debian, specifically) for your non-gaming purposes)? You can burn a LiveCD and run your machine without installing anything to try out many Linux distros.

I agree, 1GB of RAM will be sufficient to run Vista. However, you'll still need all the safety loads as with any win-box and then on to running your personal programs.

Jaggy said...

It should come with Earthlink, although that's not what the last one came with even though I checked the box. And as for offering anything else, I'm not certain. This is the computer I wanted to build, and this is what my parents were willing to pay for. That latter part is most important.

I seriously considered Linux, but I will be running a gaming machine. That's one of the reasons I got a good (great?) video card.

I also seriously considered getting a Mac. I might look into an iBook next.

And as for the "all" friends, I discount you as your vote was the only dissenting one. "All" as in "the remaining sum." Excuse me.