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Old 12-08-2008, 11:32 PM   #1
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Default Will this perform?

Ok, so I am looking to buy a desktop computer. Dell Outlet has a great deal right now with 20% off the Studio 540.

My needs are as follows:
  • Tons of web browsing, many Chrome windows simultaneously
  • Photoshop/minor video editing
  • Continuous virus scan in background
  • Excel and statistical analysis
  • Remote desktop and support

Here are the spex of what I'm looking at:

Studio - 540
(System Identifier: EWR8DW69)


Studio 540 Mini-Tower: Intel Core 2 Quad processor Q8200 (4MB L2, 2.33GHz, 1333FSB)
Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium

System Price : $609.00

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Operating System
Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium
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Memory
8 GB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz (4 DIMMs)
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Hard Disk Drive
640 GB SATA Hard Drive (7200 RPM)
640 GB SATA Hard Drive (7200 RPM)
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Video
256MB ATI Radeon HD 3450 supporting HDMI
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Modem
56Kbps Data/Fax Modem
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Hardware Upgrade
USB Optical two button mouse
USB Multimedia Keyboard
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Certified Refurbished
Certified Refurbished
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Base
Studio 540 Mini-Tower: Intel Core 2 Quad processor Q8200 (4MB L2, 2.33GHz, 1333FSB)
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Media Bay
16X DVD +/- RW w/dbl layer write capability
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Software Upgrade
64BIT Operating System DVD
Microsoft Works 9.0
64BIT Operating System CD



After the coupon code it comes to $487. The following are my questions:
  1. Will this perform to my needs?
  2. Is the memory too slow?
  3. Am I able to upgrade the processor in here?
  4. Is it worth it to just grab this deal and then maybe buy even a faster/better motherboard?
  5. Am I able to easily add another optical drive to this?


FYI - I will also keep an eye on the outlet. If a 94XX/9550 Quad Core opens up, should I snatch it?
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