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Dell Inspiron 530 setup

Discussion in 'PC hardware help' started by pcaddict, Dec 8, 2007.

  1. pcaddict

    pcaddict Guest

    Is this PC setup from Dell good? I plan to record TV and possibly DVB on it. Is there anything that should be modified?

    Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2Ghz CPU
    Windows Vista Premium OS
    20" LCD Monitor
    2 GB RAM
    320Gb HDD
    DVD Writer
    128Mb ATI Radeon HD 2400 Pro GPU
    Integrated 7.1 Sound Card
    Dell PCIe Hybrid (TV+DVB) TV tuner with Remote

    Any suggestions?
  2. fasfrank

    fasfrank Active member

    Oct 15, 2003
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    It should work OK for what you intend to do with it. I'd go with the E6550 Processor though.

    I went to Dell and played with their "Select my Parts" feature on the Inspiron 530:

    Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor E6550 (4MB L2 Cache,2.33GHz,1333 FSB)

    Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium - English

    20 inch E207WFP Widescreen Digital Flat Panel

    2GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 800MHz- 2DIMMs

    500GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM) w/DataBurst Cache™

    16X DVD+/-RW Drive + Roxio Creator 9 Premier-Ultimate Burn/Authoring

    256MB NVIDIA GeForce 8600GT-DDR3

    Sound Blaster® X-Fi™ XtremeGamer (D) Sound Card

    ATI Theater 650 PRO Combo Analog/Digital TV Tuner with Remote Control

    Dell USB Keyboard and Dell Optical USB Mouse

    No Floppy Drive Included

    56K PCI Data Fax Modem


    I build my own so I know what you are getting for the money. You could build a much better PC for this amount. There is nothing wrong with buying one though. You get a warranty and tech support. That's worth something.
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2007
  3. pcaddict

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    Does the GPU i listed good for games like Doom 3?
    The setup I posted costs:
    NZD: $1,486.13
    If you didn't know, I live in NZ. Your setup must of been from the Dell USA website.
    Thx anyway.
  4. fasfrank

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  5. pcaddict

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    Yeah well i plan on staying around $1500 NZD.
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  7. pcaddict

    pcaddict Guest

    I am thinking to get a 256MB GPU instead.
    Which would be better for games?

    nVidia GeForce 8600 GT or the
    ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT.

    I think the ATI is better as i think it has HDMI. HDCP
  8. pcaddict

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    Here is a log of prices for this setup: (NZD)-(Dell NZ website)

    12/21-$1,611.00 !

    They add in 'free upgrades' so it seems like value.
    As it gets closer to Xmas, the price rises. It's all about making money.
  9. pcaddict

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    What inputs would this card have? I couldn't find anything on the Dell website. Would it have any RCA inputs?
    It does have tv and dvb-t antenna inputs.

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  10. pcaddict

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    What would be good specs for encoding recorded shows (from DVD recorder) into DivX? 2.2Ghz CPU, 2GB RAM?

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