[QUOTE=ripit;2137074]Are you paying the loan or are they paying it? Reason I ask is of course if they are paying, skys the limit, if you are paying, you might not want something that has a high premium price for the latest technology (technology that will massively drop in price in 6 months).
You are kind of limited by having to buy a dell. Just looking quick, I would go with one of these and customize it.
I would be very careful about what upgrades you select though.
Maybe starting with the third option, no cpu upgrade, vista upgrade is your option, warranty upgrade is your option, upgrade to 4 gig memory
No hard drive upgrades because the prices are completely insane. You need lots of hard drive space for video, especially with hidef, so you would need to look into your options for upgrading yourself (if you add a hard drive yourself, will it void your warranty)? Adding a 1TB second hard drive is a 400$ upgrade!!! you can get them for 130$ or so on sale (same seagate drives dell uses), in fact, dell home recently had a 1TB segate with coupon code for 110$ shipped (and yet its 400$ to add to a computer). You can add a blue ray drive too, but again, the prices are high (200$ to go from a dvd burner to a blue ray rom, dvd burner combo).
Monitor upgrade is your choice. I would personally upgrade to the hd3870 video card but the 3650 would work. Sound upgrade is again your option. I would at least go with the 25$ audigy upgrade. its too bad they dont offer the xfi audio (only the xtremegamer). The tv tuner would be nice (you are going to have to have some sort of capture device, why not one with a tuner), but unfortunately its against the rules, so again, you need to see if upgrading it yourself will void the warranty. The dell bluetooth wireless media hub sounds interesting (not sure exactly what it is or if it violates the rules). Most of the software upgrades look too expensive. accidental damage protection warranty?
Anyway, it looks like after you configure a system, it will let you print it. You could setup a system, and post the specs here. Go to newegg and compare prices (difference between the stock part and the upgrade part) with what they want to upgrade to see whats worth it. When you post specs, post what upgrade options you have and their cost (in some of the main categories anyway). Then maybe people can give you recommendations in certain areas till you get a system that you like and is recommended.[/QUOTE]
I put some of choices together, by the 3rd option did you mean the 3rd XPS system from the 4 shown on the featured systems tab?
here are some of the specs that come with every XPS 420;
Network adapter (standard)
10/100/1000 Ethernet LAN on system board
Internal Wi-Fi (802.11g)
BluetoothÂ® 2.0 wireless technology with Media Card Reader
USB 2.0 Ports
Ten: 2 front, 6 back, 2 internal
Front & Back AV Ports
Front: Microphone (1) and Headphone (1), 1394a (1), Optional RCA and S-Video ports with XceleratorTM option
Back: S/PDIF, (1 RCA & 1 Optical), 7.1 integrated sound audio I/O (5), DVI, VGA or S-video (Video I/O port depends on the graphics or TV tuner card)
PCI: 3 Slots
PCIe x1: 1 Slot
PCIe x16 (Graphics): 1 Slot
PCIe x8: 1 Slot
[COLOR=“Red”]are these expansion slots enough for me to upgrade my sound to a sound card, my video card to an HD video card / bigger video card get the physics accleorator, & a TV tuner later on? as I cannot get these now, my city government wont permit it.
Mini-tower, high-gloss black front bezel, XPS logo on side panel
18" tall, 17.8" deep, 7.4" wide
31 lbs (41 lbs packed)
375 W standard
425 W available on select configurations
what power supply should I get? especially if I upgrade my video, sound accelorator & TV tuner later on
Tool-less access to inside chassis, Flexbay, HDD, optical drives, and expansion slots (graphics card replacement requires tools)
Easily identifiable customer service points (blue)
Cable lock chassis security slot
6-slot BTX motherboard and chassis design
and here is a system I put together; I started with the XPS at 799; the 1st of the 4 on the featured systems tab
PROCESSOR IntelÂ® Coreâ„¢2 Q6600 Quad-Core (8MB L2 cache,2.4GHz,1066FSB)
OPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows VistaÂ® Home Premium Service Pack 1
PRODUCTIVITY Microsoft Works 9.0
WARRANTY & SERVICE 1 Year Ltd Warranty, On-site Service, and HW Warranty Support
MEMORY 4GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 800MHz - 4 DIMMs
HARD DRIVE 500GB - 7200RPM, SATA 3.0Gb/s, 16MB Cache
OPTICAL DRIVE Single Drive: 16X CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) w/double layer write capability
MONITOR 20 inch E207WFP Widescreen Digital Flat Panel
VIDEO CARD ATI Radeon HD 2400 PRO 128MB
[COLOR=“purple”][COLOR=“Red”]can I upgrade this later on? my city government will not allow tv media cards[/COLOR] is there a free slot I can install it later?
SOUND Integrated Sound BlasterÂ®Audigyâ„¢ HD Software Edition
can I up grade this later? are there free slots for this?
SPEAKERS Dell A525 30 Watt 2.1 Stereo Speakers with Subwoofer
FLOPPY & MEDIA READER No Floppy Drive or Media Reader Included
KEYBOARD Dell USB Keyboard
MOUSE Dell Optical USB Mouse
POWER PROTECTION Belkin 8-Outlet Slimline Surge Protector
MODEM & WIRELESS No Modem Requested
SECURITY McAfee SecurityCenter 15-months
My Services & Warranties
ALSO INCLUDED WITH YOUR SYSTEM
Internet Access Service No ISP requested
Labels Windows Vistaâ„¢ Premium
Adobe Software AdobeÂ® AcrobatÂ® Reader 9.0 Multi-Language
Digitial Music No Digital Music Software Requested
there was an option for a physics accelorator, the AGEIA PhysX physics accelorator, I did not get it it would probably go against my citys rules, can I upgrade this later on?
thanks for your reply, this is difficult for me, I am trying to get a powwerful system but comply with my citys rules