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Dell xps 430 or Dell Studio 540, which one is better

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September 13, 2009 1:17:21 PM

Hi,

Thinking of buying a dell desktop and need to some advice on choosing one of the following two models:

Dell XPS 430 or Dell Studio 540.

Dell XPS 430, price (with a 5% discount voucher):£638.73

main spec:

Intel® Core™ 2 Quad-Core Q8300 Processor (2.5GHz, 4MB cache, 1333MHz FSB)
Vista® Home Premium SP1 32 bit
4096MB 1067 MHz Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM [4x1024]
21.5in S2209W Full HD Widescreen Black UK/Irish (1920 x 1080)
512MB ATI® Radeon™ 4850 Graphics card
1TB Dual Hard Drive Non RAID (2x500GB - 7200rpm)
19-in-1 Media Card Reader
Logitech G5 Laser Gaming Mouse - Full Speed USB, adjustable sensitivity, onboard weight tuning
16X DVD+/-RW (Read/Write DVD, CD)
Integrated HDA 7.1 Dolby Digital Audio
External Dell AX210 Black USB Speakers
1Yr Premium Warranty Support (return to base)



Dell Studio 540mt, price (with a 5% discount voucher):£667.22
main spec:

Intel® Core™ 2 Quad-Core Q8300 Processor (2.5GHz, 4MB cache, 1333MHz FSB)
Vista® Home Premium SP1 32 bit
4096MB 800MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [4x1024]
21.5in S2209W Full HD Widescreen Black UK/Irish (1920 x 1080)
nVidia GeForce GT220 1024MB graphics card
1TB (7200rpm) SATA Hard Drive
19-in-1 Media Card Reader
Logitech G5 Laser Gaming Mouse - Full Speed USB, adjustable sensitivity, onboard weight tuning
16X DVD+/-RW (Read/Write DVD, CD)
Integrated HDA 7.1 Dolby Digital Audio
External Dell AX210 Black USB Speakers
1Yr Premium Warranty Support (return to base)

The main differences between the two specs are:
memory: xps 430 uses ddr3 and 540 uses ddr2.
video card: xps 430 uses 512MB ATI® Radeon™ 4850 (512 mb memory) but 540 uses GeForce GT220 with 1024 mb memory.

Can some kind soul give me some adivce on which model is better to buy? I use the machine for software development, non heavy gaming and some video editing.


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September 13, 2009 5:22:17 PM

The GeForce GT220 is roughly comparable with the Geforce 9500GT entry level video cards.
The HD 4850 is mid-range gaming card and much superior for gaming. On the order of 2x~3x better.


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