*Originally posted by Jonathan Chance *
**This one, in particular.
Two of those look like a sweet holiday present to myself and Lady Chance.
The HD seems small but for a moderate price I can upgrade to a kicking 250 GB drive.
> Very Pricey- You can pick up a nice (more or less identical) 250 gig unit for around 170 -200 (with rebates) or so on sale at most big box retailers or online - and the price may drop further. I’d wait and yooucan add the 250 gig drive later for around 1/2 what they’re asking and still keep the 40 gig unit.
What’s everyone think?
256MB Memory or 512MB? And extra $90. -
>Pricey - can probably do much better elsewhere and memory is usually easily clipped in
I’ll need the CD/RW for and extra $20 or do I get the CDR/W with DVD for an extra $69?
> reasonable installed upgrade price - go DVD-CDRW - instead of just CDRW
MS-Office Basic for $129?
> reasonable deal - take it it unless you you or your wife are students or academics. If so even better "student/teacher special MS Office deals can usually be had on camplus. Dell might even offer these separately.
Your chosen base video card will work fine for 99.5% of all applications including DVD movie playback, and unless you are doing some hard core gaming is unnecessary to upgrade. If you do chose to upgrade go to the 9800 and skip the intermediate cards.