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03-26-2005 05:13 PM
(In personal mode) and yes, I've read all the posts about Dell systems, actually for the second time..... I draw on the expertise here if I might. Time for a new desktop as the old Dell is getting BSD several times daily and nothing I can do will clear the problem. It's (blush) 5 years old and has done good duty. I need some advice is possible on the system below and then the question at the end on wireless gear. I'll be running the standard MS Office programs, ACAD 2006, ACAD LT2006 and various bookkeeping programs like Quicken. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Last system I'll buy for a while so don't want to cut myself short but also don't want extras not needed. I use ACAD but at a rudimentary level and am NOT a power user. Anne http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx
Dimension 4700 - $1724 - $150 rebate and free shipping
BASE SYSTEM OPTIONS
Pentium® 4 Processor 530 with HT Technology (3.00GHz, 800 FSB)
Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional
512MB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 400MHz (2x256M)
1GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 400MHz (2x512)
Dell Multimedia USB Keyboard
Dell 2-button scroll mouse
Microsoft Office Professional-Includes
80GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM)
100GB USB External Hard Drive (7200rpm)
Dual Drives: 48x CD-ROM Drive + 16x DVD+/-RW w/dbl layer write
RecordNow! Deluxe - Burn, Copy and Label CDs
3.5 in Floppy Drive
19 inch Ultrasharp 1905FP Digital Flat Panel
128MB PCI Express x16 (DVI/VGA/TV-out) ATI Radeon X300 SE
Sound Blaster® Live! 24-bit ADVANCED HD Audio
Dell AS500 14W Flat Panel Stereo Spkrs for 1704FP,1905FP,2001FP
Now a question if I might:
I have a cable modem unit provided by my cable company. Hooks
into the current desktop and a separate Netgear wireless router
goes out to the laptop. Laptop has internal wireless.
What of the Dell equipment would I need and does it duplicate
what I have for a wireless Netgear system?
Wireless Broadband Router
Dell wireless networking products support most cable and DSL
modems, however some broadband carriers may not be compatible
with the Dell Wireless 2350 Broadband Router. Dial up modems are
not supported. Minimum system requirements apply. Please see
"Help Me Choose" to verify your existing system is compatible.
None [subtract $60]
Dell Wireless 2350 WLAN Broadband Router with 1-Year Service
Dell Wireless 4350 Small Network WLAN Access Point with 1-Year
Wireless Networking Solution
Dell TrueMobile wireless networking products support most cable
and DSL modems, however some broadband carriers may not be
compatible with the TrueMobile 1184 Broadband Router. Dial up
modems are not supported. Minimum system requirements apply.
Please see learn more to verify your existing system is
Dell Wireless 1450 (802.11 a/b/g) WLAN USB 2.0 Adapter
03-27-2005 10:48 AM in reply to: *Anne Brown
Anne, That's a very good system for what you need. It should last at least 5 years. >What of the Dell equipment would I need and does it duplicate >what I have for a wireless Netgear system? Your best bet is to connect an Ethernet cable from your new machine directly to the wireless router/access point. If that's not possible due to the cable modem location (which in turn is dependent on the cable coax connection itself), the only thing you need to make the system wireless is to purchase a wireless PCI LAN card. Any wireless card that matches or exceeds the specs of the Netgear router should work fine. You could even buy a Netgear card locally from Staples which might save you some money. Matt firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
03-27-2005 02:01 PM in reply to: *Anne Brown
Thank Matt for your time. Since the cable modem is sitting beside the current desktop guess I'm good to go. Now just to commit to the order. Anne Matt Stachoni wrote: > > Anne, > > That's a very good system for what you need. It should last at least 5 years.
03-31-2005 01:33 PM in reply to: *Anne Brown
System ordered with some changes. Decided to stay with our current 19" Ultrasharp flat panel monitor so that plus free shipping and free double ram dropped the price down. Thanks all for the advice. Anne Matt Stachoni wrote: > > Anne, > > That's a very good system for what you need. It should last at least 5 years.