"Ordered 4/8"on by fortworth
Pros I'm a MAC guy, but needed a PC at home for the kids. I'm a bit intimidated by the PC world, but the Dell site and the tips here were very valuable and made it easy to order.
Cons none so far, will repost when the product delivers
Summary I had built my computer and it came out to just under $1200. But thanks to an earlier post by someone, I checked online for coupons and ended up saving 40% more - which allowed me to add some additional features that I didn't think I could afford. Added the single TV tuner and remote for a little extra to give the wife and kids the ablity to watch TV in the kitchen. I can't wait to open the box. Stay tuned.
Pros Pentium 4 HT, 19" Flat Panel, 160GB HD, 1GB 533MHZ Memory, Decent Speed, Great Performance
Cons None thus far... This is the third Dell purchased within the past 1-1/2 years, fourth overall.
Summary This new machine is less than a week old, having just received it earlier this week (Tuesday). Dell delivered this machine in less than a week. Setup was easy. A few quirks at the start, but this is to be expected.
Sales personnel were courteous and helpful. Paid less than a $1000 for the following:
DIM E510,P4,630 (3.0 GHZ),HT
1GB DDR2 SDRAM,533MHZ- 2X512MB,DIM,M
19IN (19.0 IN) Flat Panel Monitor
128MB ATI HYPER MEM X300SE
160GB SERIAL ATA,7200 RPM,
13 IN 1 MEDIA CARD READER
IEEE 1394 PORT
Last night, I arrived home from work and found the computer shutdown. My wife told me that the machine froze and would not reboot. I tried to start the machine and received a system error.
I called Dell service last evening and talked with someone who I assume was from India based on his accent going by the name of Mac. Well, contrary to some of the horror stories, Mac was extremely helpful. The hard-drive crashed and needed to be replaced.
This afternoon, a service tech showed up with a new hard-drive. The machine is up and running.
Dell responded in less than 24 hours. I would say that is pretty difficult to find fault with.
Though I would have preferred not to have required service, I have to rate them a '10' with regard to their response, their courtesy, the respective knowledge of both the person I spoke with last night and the service tech. Most important, the machine is running.
"A VICTORY FOR THOSE LOOKING FOR A QUALITY CPU AT A GREAT COST! You can upgrade whats left out later!"on by JohnyRingo
Pros You have choices when ordering from 80 gig to 300g hard drive and 3.0 to 3.4 GHZ intel pentium 4. Operates Flawlessly. PCI Express, Front/Back USB connects, many upgradable options from TV Tuner.
Cons Have to upgrade the computer yourself for gaming. Power supply was only 305W and the options of upgrading your Graphics card when purchasing were crap also the power cord for a PCI-E card was short.
Summary Besides not being Gamer Friendly. THe Computer is excellent especially for the price. I paid 866.00 after taxes/ shipping and discounts of about 300. I found the discouint online. MIne has two
3.4Ghz Intel Pentium 4 processors
160 Hard Drive
1 Gig Ram (2 512MB using SLI technology)
2 DVD Disc Drives including a DVD-R/RW
7 USB Ports
I upgraded my generic 305 W supply to a 480W ANtec True 2.0. I then was able to run my PNY Verto Nvidia Geforce 6800 GS Card. Dell atempts to coax first time buyers into bying there xps system which is comes Gamer ready. The Dimension sells more towards those who have no game interest but do watch video and view photos and such. Without the added card and power supply the computer was a 7 at best. Cheap trick dell runs on people. Anybody with suffecient knowledge can purchase upgrades on thier own and continue to make this computer a knockout and affordable. Just don't buy your aupgrades from Dell or trust Dell to offer you the best honest advice on boosting your PC. DO the research urself. Dell Scams people. I feel like I got one over on them. So I plan to buy another hard drive maybe 500gigs and feel my two memory slots with 2 gigs of quality memory from the cheapest offer I can find and load those suckers up. A Victory for the little man.
Pros Good value;
Cons terrible performance; terrible customer support
Summary On paper this looked like it would be a great buy. Unfortunately, the E510 has proven to be a frustrating machine for me.
I have had to reset the computer back to it's factory settings twice in the three months I've owned it.
It won't allow me to install MS Word -- it installed all the other MS Office applications, but won't take Word?
It won't shut down on it's own. Just hangs until I unplug it. I know that isn't helping but its the only way to restart the PC.
Many of the programs my kids have (Chessmaster for example) just won't load. They were all running on XP previously.
So, my wife tried to call support. An absolute nightmare. On hold for three hours, speaking to Indian support representatives who she couldn't understand. Then she responded to a pitch from Dell to buy onsite support. So she bought that package -- guess what -- she can't get through to anyone to schedule an onsite visit.
I have been a Dell fan for many years. I've bought four desktops at home and many many more for business. But my last PC burned out after only two years of use, and with this last experience, I am selling my Dell stock. They are definitely slipping as a company if my experience is representative.
Pros Free upgrate 17" flat panel. The X-Fi sound card and the 256MB Radeon SE vidio card works well with the DVD software.
Cons No system disk. I guess Dell feels the "DataSafe" setup I bought does not require a restore disk.
Summary I am very happy with this system. The montor made the deal nice. I upgrated to one gig of RAM. Had an 80 gig dual hard drive. 80 gig as not enough so I installed a 250G external hard drive. I am not a big gamer but the big plus was the Media Center Software. I find it easy and fun to use. This system works great. Price was $1,400 before taxes and shipping.