I'd like someone very knowledgeable about Dell desktops to help me compare these two deals in light of the facts explained below (kindly read the entire post in detail before responding):
Dimension E510 with 19 inch E196FP Analog Flat Panel: $1269 - $490 = $779 + Free Shipping: http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?c=us&cs=19&l=en&oc=DE51RF1&s=dhs
Dimension 9150 with 20 inch UltraSharp™ 2005FPW Widescreen Digital Flat Panel: $1209 - $340 = $869.00 + Free Shipping: http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?oc=1d91w2&cs=04&dgvcode=ss&c=US&l=EN
Now, once I configure both of these deals to what I want, i.e:
1. Upgrade to 1GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 533MHz- 2DIMMs (included in E510, add $60 to 9150)
2. Upgrade to 250GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM) w/DataBurst Cache™ (add $60 to E510, add $70 to 9150)
3. Upgrade to Dual Drives: 16x DVD-ROM Drive + 16x DVD+/-RW w/dbl layer write capability (included in E510, add $50 to 9150)
4. Upgrade to 20 inch UltraSharp™ 2005FPW Widescreen Digital Flat Panel (add $240 to E510, included in 9150)
Dimension E510 comes out to $1,079, while Dimension 9150 comes out to $1,049
The only remaining differences would then be:
1. E510 comes with XP Media Center 2005 Edition while 9150 comes with XP Home Edition (Note: I don't have any particular special media needs)
2. E510 comes with Integrated Audio with Dolby Digital 7.1 capability while 9150 comes with Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio (not sure what the difference is)
3. E510 comes with 1Yr Ltd Warranty, 1Yr At-Home Service, and 1Yr HW Warranty Support , while 9150 comes with 1 Year On-site Economy Plan ( I am wondering how this plan would apply to the non-business users, is it the same as the former in that case?)
So, is there any advantage to E510 over 9150 in this case? I mean, is one supposed to be a better machine even if they are configured the same?
Thank you so much in advance for sharing your expertise.