I finally upgraded to a new computer. My last new desktop was purchased in November of 2002, which is a long time ago in the computer world. I have done a couple of upgrades, but for the most part it was pretty original. It was a Pentium 4 2.4GHz with 1GB RAM, an Nvidia GeForce FX 5200 128MB video card, 160GB hard drive, DVDRW, and that was pretty much it. It didn’t even have USB 2.0 on it.
That being said, I could still photo edit with it, do some video editing, watch videos, and even play WoW. I sold it for $80 the first day I listed it in the Buy ‘n’ Sell.
The New Machine
I am quite impressed so far with my Studio Slim. I found it used in my city for only $400 so getting a bit of a deal was even a better find for me. Anyhow, here are the specs.
Dell Studio Slim Specs
- Intel Quad Core Q6600 (2.4GHz)
- 4GB PC6400 DDR2 RAM (4 X 1GB)
- Windows Vista Home Premium 32 bit
- ATI Radeon 3650 512MB DDR2
- 320 GB Hard Drive
- 15 in 1 card reader
- USB2.0 jacks front and back
- spare PCI slot
- spare 3.5″ internal bay
All-in-all, I feel it is a decent machine, especially considering where I came from with the old one. It seems a lot quicker and now I can actually watch some of those high-def video files I have.
It is half the width of my old tower, which is pretty neat. One thing I notice with this is that there is only 1 PCI slot and 1 3.5″ bay. So upgrading is a bit hampered. The PCI cards that do go in it have to be the slimline models. My ATI Radeon card is one of the models that have that availability.
My old PC had become brutal for the noise from the fans. I could have fixed that somewhat by just purchasing some new ones, but I wasn’t investing any more in into it. The new machine is very quiet I have to say. Fans intake/outakes are on 3 sides of the machine too.
I currently have some fuzzy horizontal lines that scroll down through the monitor. I have had a few times where they are not present, but for the most part they are always there. Going to try a few different cable configurations to check for interference and then go through some settings and driver checks with my video card. Not sure why it is is doing it.
32 Bit Operating Systems
It came pre-installed with Windows Vista 32 bit. This means the 4 GB of RAM installed can’t actually be fully used, because it is unable to do so. I will probably consider upgrading to 64 bit at some point. The difference isn’t really between the 3.5 it is capable of and the 4 installed, it will be when I actually upgrade to more RAM.