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Step By Step Guide To Ordering A Dell PC: Blu Who Ray?

Updated on January 17, 2009

Part 7

 

The next significant component choice in the Dell process is the Optical Drive, and this was definitely a no-brainer choice for me. The Single Drive: 16X CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) w/double layer write capability is the standard drive, and thus the one that I chose. The other choices were the:

  • Single Drive: Blu-ray Disc (BD) Combo (Reads BD and Writes to DVD/CD), add $200.
  • Dual Drives: Blu-ray Disc (BD) Combo (BD-ROM; DVD/CD Burner) and DVD+/-RW, add $250.
  • Single Drive: Blu-ray Disc (BD) Burner (Writes to DVD/CD/BD), add $350.
  • Dual Drives: Blu-ray Disc (BD) Burner (Writes to DVD/CD/BD) and DVD+/-RW, add $350.

Now other than the fact that I really don't understand why getting the Single Blu-ray Disc (BD) Burner (Writes to DVD/CD/BD) costs the same whether you get an additional second DVD+/-RW drive or not (very strange), the main fact for my optical drive usage is that I don't need a Blu-ray or even a DVD drive! I'd be perfectly happy with a good ol' fashioned 48 or 52 X CD-ROM drive as the only reason I ever hit that optical drive button is if I have to install some software from a CD. I don't burn audio, I don't burn video, I don't watch any disc-originating video on my PC and generally have as much practical use for DVD and Blu-ray on my computer as I would for a genuine King Cobra snakeskin keyboard cover, with an extra added dollop of venom.

Now we get to the Graphics Card. Here, the choices are rather bizarre:

  • ATI Radeon HD 3450 256MB, which is Included in Price.
  • ATI Radeon HD 3650 256MB, for which you have to add $50.
  • ATI Radeon HD 4670 512MB, for which you have to add $100.
  • ATI Radeon HD 4850 512MB, for which you have to add $350.

I can't really say I'm a fan of Dell's choices, or their pricing, for that matter. First of all, ATI Radeon 3xxx and 4xxx series drivers have been shown to have various conflicts with the Core i7 series, and although AMD ATI (DAAM IT) has stated that drivers are on the way to fix these problems, they're not out as of the date of this writing. Furthermore, the choices... yes... reek.

Neither the ATI Radeon HD 3450 256MB or the ATI Radeon HD 3650 256MB can be considered seriously for anyone with the most miserly requirements in order to power a 24 inch flatscreen. (We're not talking gamers here who would likely scoff at any of the four choices.) A quarter gigabyte is not going to do the job of running a 1920 x 1200 pixel screen no matter what you do to it and especially when you mate it to ATI's fairly low range 3x50 series. As for the top end ATI Radeon HD 4850 512MB, the only reason I can see that they've included this instead of the far more capable 4870 is to keep their 98 pound weakling of a power supply unit from frying its circuitry. However, to charge $350 for the deletion of a 3450 256MB (lowest newegg.ca price $35.99) and adding a 4850 512MB (lowest newegg.ca price $166.59) is just plain highway robbery. The difference between these cards is barely over $130, not $350!

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      vyas 

      6 years ago

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      vyas 

      6 years ago

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      tariq 

      7 years ago

      The Americans at Dell have been working on a new toy for a while, their Dell Streak. Meant to be a mix between a mobile phone, a personal multimedia player and a mini touchscreen tablet, like the iPad.

      This device is already available in the States, but it ain’t cheap: prices start from $299 if you go for a 2-year plan from AT&T, while if you want to get it without a contract, you’ll have to pay around 550 bucks for it. Now, this is for sure expensive, but this Dell gadget looks like a very solid one, able to run all kind of applications and powered by Android OS (so you’ll easily find many apps for it).

      However, like with all devices with big touch displays, you should take special care of them and protect it accordingly, with suitable accessories. Cases, Covers and screen protectors are what I have in mind.

      In terms of cases and covers, you do get quite a couple of different options.

      Leather Dell Streak covers

      My pick would be some stylish leather Dell Streak cases, with good looks and still capable of providing decent protection for the device. You’re going to find folios, with a flappable screen cover, envelopes that wrap the Streak inside or even covers with belt clips (at 5 inch, I doubt you’ll easily carry your Streak in your pocket, thus that would be perhaps the best option).

      There aren’t many covers available right now, but Dell does offer a cool one, a stylish black leather envelope. However, at around 50 bucks, it’s pretty expensive, like perhaps all “official” accessories are. That’s why I’d wait for some other options to enter the market (they are not available yet, as the product is so new, but should be soon; so look for updates on this post).The Americans at Dell have been working on a new toy for a while, their Dell Streak. Meant to be a mix between a mobile phone, a personal multimedia player and a mini touchscreen tablet, like the iPad.

      This device is already available in the States, but it ain’t cheap: prices start from $299 if you go for a 2-year plan from AT&T, while if you want to get it without a contract, you’ll have to pay around 550 bucks for it. Now, this is for sure expensive, but this Dell gadget looks like a very solid one, able to run all kind of applications and powered by Android OS (so you’ll easily find many apps for it).

      However, like with all devices with big touch displays, you should take special care of them and protect it accordingly, with suitable accessories. Cases, Covers and screen protectors are what I have in mind.

      In terms of cases and covers, you do get quite a couple of different options.

      Leather Dell Streak covers

      My pick would be some stylish leather Dell Streak cases, with good looks and still capable of providing decent protection for the device. You’re going to find folios, with a flappable screen cover, envelopes that wrap the Streak inside or even covers with belt clips (at 5 inch, I doubt you’ll easily carry your Streak in your pocket, thus that would be perhaps the best option).

      There aren’t many covers available right now, but Dell does offer a cool one, a stylish black leather envelope. However, at around 50 bucks, it’s pretty expensive, like perhaps all “official” accessories are. That’s why I’d wait for some other options to enter the market (they are not available yet, as the product is so new, but should be soon; so look for updates on this post).The Americans at Dell have been working on a new toy for a while, their Dell Streak. Meant to be a mix between a mobile phone, a personal multimedia player and a mini touchscreen tablet, like the iPad.

      This device is already available in the States, but it ain’t cheap: prices start from $299 if you go for a 2-year plan from AT&T, while if you want to get it without a contract, you’ll have to pay around 550 bucks for it. Now, this is for sure expensive, but this Dell gadget looks like a very solid one, able to run all kind of applications and powered by Android OS (so you’ll easily find many apps for it).

      However, like with all devices with big touch displays, you should take special care of them and protect it accordingly, with suitable accessories. Cases, Covers and screen protectors are what I have in mind.

      In terms of cases and covers, you do get quite a couple of different options.

      Leather Dell Streak covers

      My pick would be some stylish leather Dell Streak cases, with good looks and still capable of providing decent protection for the device. You’re going to find folios, with a flappable screen cover, envelopes that wrap the Streak inside or even covers with belt clips (at 5 inch, I doubt you’ll easily carry your Streak in your pocket, thus that would be perhaps the best option).

      There aren’t many covers available right now, but Dell does offer a cool one, a stylish black leather envelope. However, at around 50 bucks, it’s pretty expensive, like perhaps all “official” accessories are. That’s why I’d wait for some other options to enter the market (they are not available yet, as the product is so new, but should be soon; so look for updates on this post).The Americans at Dell have been working on a new toy for a while, their Dell Streak. Meant to be a mix between a mobile phone, a personal multimedia player and a mini touchscreen tablet, like the iPad.

      This device is already available in the States, but it ain’t cheap: prices start from $299 if you go for a 2-year plan from AT&T, while if you want to get it without a contract, you’ll have to pay around 550 bucks for it. Now, this is for sure expensive, but this Dell gadget looks like a very solid one, able to run all kind of applications and powered by Android OS (so you’ll easily find many apps for it).

      However, like with all devices with big touch displays, you should take special care of them and protect it accordingly, with suitable accessories. Cases, Covers and screen protectors are what I have in mind.

      In terms of cases and covers, you do get quite a couple of different options.

      Leather Dell Streak covers

      My pick would be some stylish leather Dell Streak cases, with good looks and still capable of providing decent protection for the device. You’re going to find folios, with a flappable screen cover, envelopes that wrap the Streak inside or even covers with belt clips (at 5 inch, I doubt you’ll easily carry your Streak in your pocket, thus that would be perhaps the best option).

      There aren’t many covers available right now, but Dell does offer a cool one, a stylish black leather envelope. However, at around 50 bucks, it’s pretty expensive, like perhaps all “official” accessories are. That’s why I’d wait for some other options to enter the market (they are not available yet, as the product is so new, but should be soon; so look for updates on this post).The Americans at Dell have been working on a new toy for a while, their Dell Streak. Meant to be a mix between a mobile phone, a personal multimedia player and a mini touchscreen tablet, like the iPad.

      This device is already available in the States, but it ain’t cheap: prices start from $299 if you go for a 2-year plan from AT&T, while if you want to get it without a contract, you’ll have to pay around 550 bucks for it. Now, this is for sure expensive, but this Dell gadget looks like a very solid one, able to run all kind of applications and powered by Android OS (so you’ll easily find many apps for it).

      However, like with all devices with big touch displays, you should take special care of them and protect it accordingly, with suitable accessories. Cases, Covers and screen protectors are what I have in mind.

      In terms of cases and covers, you do get quite a couple of different options.

      Leather Dell Streak covers

      My pick would be some stylish leather Dell Streak cases, with good looks and still capable of providing decent protection for the device. You’re going to find folios, with a flappable screen cover, envelopes that wrap the Streak inside or even covers with belt clips (at 5 inch, I doubt you’ll easily carry your Streak in your pocket, thus that would be perhaps the best option).

      There aren’t many covers available right now, but Dell does offer a cool one, a stylish black leather envelo

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      amin veerds 

      7 years ago

      I feel your pain - my baking business got a load of kit following the advice from one of these companies (not the one you chose, by the way). All setup and run our new distribution management software, first crash two weeks later, reinstalled everything. Back online, one more week down the line, the same. Finally discovered that the OS sold was not validated for the software, in spite of all insurance offered by the hardware manufacturer through his rep. Horrible experience, it costed us 14k to hire an in-house programmer http://www.forexindubai.info

      http://www.forexinusa.info

      http://forexratesinuk.info to get it fixed in the end, on top of 23k paid for kit and software. Horrible experience, makes yours sound like awalk in the park

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      Hal Licino 

      8 years ago from Toronto

      Yeah, Dell is thoroughly addicted to coupons and special discounts and you can save big bucks if you check them out!

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      vennmann 

      8 years ago

      Also in the history of dell, it has been known that Dell massively reduces prices during major holidays such as black friday, new year, or christmas, so wait for these times

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      vennmann 

      8 years ago

      Well, good step by step guidelines, but dont forget to use the online dell coupons and save huge. Most people dont know there are discount coupons online.

      Sites such as http://www.slickdeals.net has heaps of dell coupons.

      For Dell australia coupons you can try http://www.thebargainavenue.com.au

      In UK there are few coupon websites too you can google search

      cheers

      lyly

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