I'm shortly to take delivery of a new ( Dell factory outlet ) machine with the following:"DELL E520 computer
Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 (2.13Ghz) processor
1024 MB DDR2 RAM
250GB SATA hard disk - 7200RPM
DVD+-RW 16x drive
Dedicated NVidia GeForce 7300 TurboCache PCI express 256MB graphics with DVI/VGA
Integrated 7.1 audio
8 USB 2.0 ports (2 on front)
UK keyboard & mouse
Windows XP Media Centre 2005 & MS works with COA supplied with backup & driver Cds
Dimensions: (cm) H:41, W 18.8, D: 43.8
As new & boxed (Dell cancelled order factory outlet sealed stock)"
I retain my two 17" AOC LM729 DVI monitors and my 250Gb external HDD, keboard and trackball, etc. I will also run NOD32 a/v, ZoneAlarm f/w, and assorted anti-spyware.
I'm not into gaming ( too old and slow ), am into simple GIS and photo-survey apps, weather forecasting and photo-imaging software. I also like to rotate my monitors 'landscape-to-portrait' when working with documents side-by-side, which my existing ATI RADEON 7000 card - with Catalyst V.6.11 - does quite well. So I'll be looking to change the nVidia built-in graphics card above, to a better one that also will run these two DVI monitors in both orientations. Suggestions, please?
A bit later, I'm slowly explore what I might be able to do with the 'Media Centre' aspects of the OS, and I'm sure I'll run into shoal waters there..... Thoughts?
I'd also like to ask forum members about problems I'm likely to encounter *before* I trip over them, and pointers to solutions.