Dell Dimension PCs target gamers and video editors

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Dell Dimension PCs target gamers and video editors

Dell Computer has released two Dimension desktop computers aimed at the computer gaming and video editing markets on Monday.

Interested buyers of the Dimension 4550 and 8250 will be able to build their own systems using Intel's Pentium 4 processors at speeds of up to 2.8GHz, and various graphics cards from ATI Technologies and Nvidia. High-end 3D games and video editing are two of the most processor-intensive applications for PCs, and those users look for as much processing power as they can afford.

The 4550 will use Intel's 845PE chipset, which Intel will announce today, said a Dell spokesman. It supports faster memory, DDR-333 (double data rate), than Intel's other 845 series chipsets, which support up to DDR-266 memory.

Both PCs are built from the same minitower chassis, with the 4550 offering six USB (universal serial bus) 2.0 ports, and the 8250 eight USB 2.0 ports.

A sample configuration of the 4550 with a 2.4GHz Pentium 4 processor, 128Mbytes of DDR SDRAM (synchronous dynamic RAM), a 20Gbyte hard drive, and a CD-ROM drive will cost $869 (£555), Dell said in a statement. The 8250 costs $1,379 (£880) for a sample configuration with a 2.66GHz Pentium 4, 256Mbytes of RDRAM (Rambus dynamic RAM), a 40Gbyte hard drive, and a DVD-ROM drive.

The two new PCs will replace Dell's existing Dimension 4500 and 8200 PCs.

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