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Monday, May 21, 2007

Dell Dimension E520 Purchase with Windows Vista

A couple of weeks ago, I posted negatively on Dell based on a recent coupon experience and difficulty in some of their new navigation elements when configuring a system. Today I sit with a slightly different perspective having just received the Dell Dimension 520 that I ordered last week.

What changed my mind? Well, I am not sure if my mind or opinion has greatly changed since that first post. However, the impact on my wallet definitely changed. I had the nice fortune of coming across a coupon for $300 off any Dell Dimension E520 purchase of $1,000 or more and went for it given that it was practically 30% off the purchase price. In addition, I used their "Switch to List View" to configure the computer which made the process smooth. In addition, my current computer did not have a capacity to run any of the applications I have recently had interest, including Microsoft's Virual PC 2007

What did I end up getting? Given the price range (and a couple of outside Dell add-ons), I was able to put together a pretty powerful package for a reasonable cost.

Here are the details:
- 222-8901 Dimension E520, Intel Core 2 Duo Processor E6420 (2.13GHZ,1066FSB) with 4MB cache
- 311-6461 3GB DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz (1GB DDR2 SDRAM came with the computer, and for $80, picked up an additional 2GB of Kingston PC5300 DDR2 SDRAM from Outpost. Dell wanted an extra $100 for only 1 more GB)
- 320-5089 256MB ATI Radeon X1300 Pro
- 341-4211 250GB SATA II Hard Drive (7200RPM)
- 341-3867 Dell 13 in 1 Media Card Reader
- 430-0441 Integrated 10/100 Ethernet
- 313-4427 56K PCI Data Fax Modem
- 313-4583 16X DVD-ROM and 16X DVD+/-RW
- 313-5013 Sound Blaster Audigy MB Audio
- 310-8164 Dell USB KEYBOARD
- 310-7966 Dell Optical USB Mouse

In the next few days, I will be configuring away at the machine including re-installing the Microsoft Windows Vista Operating System as I never like how they come from the factory. In the future, the majority of the posts should be produced by the new Dell Dimension E520. Comments and experiences to follow!