Pros Incredibly fast, very configurable; ready for next gen everything!
Cons Building this yourself may yield a lower price
Summary First, I would like to say that Cnet's review is a bit flawed. Vista is not limited to 2.75 gb of system memory in 32 bit. It is limited to 4 gb in 32 bit, and a massive amount in 64 bit (hundreds of gigabytes I think). Anyway, on with the other stuff. This computer is incredibly fast. It comes equipped with an overclocked quad core (under warranty too) and dual 8800 graphics cards. There currently aren't any Vista drivers for 8800's but hopefully they will come out soon. This computer can rip through all games at the highest settings, no problems at all. Great product! 9 out of 10 because I would like a blu-ray or HD option (or combo drive now!), although you can add these separately yourself. Also, it may be possible to do this yourself, although it wouldn't be warrantied.
Pros Excellent Performance, Great Price
Cons None So Far
Summary First off, unlike some other reviewers here that just want to slam Dell, or write reviews without actually owning the hardware to support their low-priced egos, I purchased the Dell 710 H2C unit.
I have owned a wide variety of hardware over the years from just about every vendor out there, and when I chose to upgrade, actually started with the Alienware 7500. That unit was buggier than any unit I ever had and it was promptly returned. After some more investigating I decided to give the 710 H2C a try.
CNET as well as other hardware sites definitely hit the nail on the head on their reviews. This is one fast, and most important, rock stable PC.
Combined with a 24" Dell widescreen, it makes for some impressive graphic performance. HL2 Lost Coast Test yielded 159 FPS with all settings maxed. FEAR maxed out showed Min 70fps, avg 142fps, and max 446fps! That's right folks....446fps!
Due to all the problems I had with the Alienware, I put this unit thru a LOT of testing since receiving it, and am very impressed with the results. Thru all the tests, no reboots, no bluescreens, just performance. It even beat the Alienware on the 3dmark06 score by over 2000 points, although I have to wonder just how defective the Alienware was.
Sure, it's expensive. No upper end system is going to be cheap unless you build it. But for those of us with the bank to afford it, and the desire not to want to build another system, this PC is an outstanding choice. It has the performance to impress, and a very unique look with the lighting Dell set up to give the front a nice fake depth similar in effect to some lighted mirrors I have seen.
Take it from someone that owns one. This unit will not disappoint in the reliability or performance departments. And that's what it's all about.
"Great Machine"on by markab21
Pros Fast as hell
Cons Had a few crashes clocked down CPU to 3ghz, no vista support yet
Summary First I would like to say how well this machine was built. I did not expect it to be so BIG or so heavy, almost 80 pounds in the box.
The quality of the case is on par with what I would expect from Apple. (I own a Mac Pro and use that at my office).
I use this machine primarily to game, also for various home computing tasks such as basic video, pictures and surfing.
For the gaming it's a dream, the thing is fast. I have the dell 30" monitor and it runs World of Warcraft at full resolution (2560x1600) with all the options turned to max without any lag or slow down at all.
The computer is relatively quiet, for the hardware it has in it I'm impressed with nothing more than a light hum coming from the case.
The 8800 is still relatively new, so they are probably trying to get bugs worked out of the drivers , I've had a few crashes in game.. but for the most part the system has been stable.
I have downclocked the system from 3.2ghz to 3ghz (easy to do in the bios)
I installed vista on a seperate drive and it works alright, but not all the hardware drivers are out of beta yet.
You need to run either XP 64 or Vista 64 to use the 4 gigs that the machine was configured with. The default XP install only uses about 2.75gb of the 4gb of ram, I had to check the forums to verify I didn't have a hardware problem.
Overall I recommend this machine to anyone that can afford it. In the past I had always built my own computers, and decided that I was going to break the franken-computer upgrade cycle and buy something new and fresh, this machine has not disappointed me at all yet.
Pros Pretty fast, nice video
Cons 64 bit OS not supported by Dell, poor support
Summary Sorry, I find this machine a bitter disappointment. After reading the user manual we decided to upgrade memory per specs. Had to take it back as Dell insisted they would void the warranty. Then we bought Dell memory to boost system to 4 gig to find that we could only achieve 2.5 gig. Tried to exercise the option for our free Vista to be told it expired on March 31. Alas we ask to purchase from Dell the 64 bit version of Vista or XP to be told that this OS is not supported by Dell and they refused to sell it to me. I ask you, what is the good of a 64 bit processor if you cannot run the OS to take advantage of it? Tried to get technical support to help get more than 2.5 gig from the 4 gig installed...and guess what we were told? You got it, get the 64 bit OS installed. All along we had some blue screen issues. Went to a local store and bought Vista Ultimate 32 bit and 64 bit. Love Vista, easy to install 32 bit version...still only 2.5 gig. Diagnostics are still running 18 hours later due to another blue screen stop error complete with crash log. This blue screen appeared sometime in the middle of the night with everyone sleeping. Gremlins I guess. The Vista 64 bit will not install, it needs a clean wipe of the drive...but cannot get that far because of blue screen stop errors. I have always been a proponent of Dells but I will never buy another one built on the Dimension platform and will probably never buy another Dell for the home based on the Dell limitations placed on their support staff.
Pros looks, speed, expansion, reliability, build, fit and finish, support
Cons Vista will not work with SLI so XP media center is the OS, however did get the free upgrade when they have them, No HDDVD/Blu Ray Drive, Bluray preferred, 667Mhz Memory, can change that though
Summary For those posting comments, how about you actually purchase the system before you buy it, we're not discussing 410s or dells in general we are speaking of this model, which unlike most of you, I actually must own. Compared to systems of this caliber, for the specs you get a lot for less money. The system is quiet, extremely fast, and expansion is generous. The graphics are astounding. Lighting effects awe people. Like the metal casing Mine is a 710 xps H2C
MS Media Center 2005 (Dual Tuners, Remote)
3.2 QX6700 (Overclocked 2.66)
4GB 667Mhz memory
1 TB Storage
Dual 768MB 8800 Cards
DVD Burner, CDRW/DVD Rom Combo
13 in one card reader
5.8 Ghz 5.1 Speakers
Premium Optical mouse
Premium Multimedia keyboard
Using Windows Media Center 2005, No graphics support for SLI under Vista yet, however, I did get the free upgrade, as soon as they make it compatible. Only bought the 22" monitor, want to upgrade to dual 30" later on. (hey I said for what you get for your money, not that it's cheap!)