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Hi Guys, I just bought Dell inspiron 600m... I just wondering if this is a good deals? and I don't know what kind of graphic card they have? any know anything about dell ? I heard it is pretty good... here is the detail: Quote: Originally Posted by DELL Inspiron 600m Order detail - order placed 2005-07-29 16:15:54 Inspiron 600m Pentium® M Processor 755(2 GHz/400MHz FSB) 14.1-in XGA w/32MB Video, Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Qty: 1 Unit Price: $1,424.00 Inspiron 600m Pentium® M Processor 755(2 GHz/400MHz FSB) 14.1-in XGA w/32MB Video B20MG3N [221-7883] Memory 512MB DDR SDRAM 2 Dimms 512MB2D [311-1885] Hard Drive 40GB Hard Drive 40GB [340-8046] Operating System Microsoft® Windows® XP Home WHXP [412-0689] [420-4766] [463-2282] [420-4928] [420-4830] Integrated Modem and NIC Internal 56K Modem and Integrated Network Card 56MPC [313-1659] Adobe Software Adobe® Acrobat® Reader 6.0 ADOBER [430-1048] Optical 24X CD Burner/DVD Combo Drive 24COMBO [313-2180] [420-5111] Wireless Networking Card Intel® PRO/Wireless 2200 Internal Wireless (802.11 b/g, 54Mbps) IP2200I [430-0916] Office Productivity Software No productivity suite - Corel WordPerfect word processor only ICOREL [412-0803] Security Software No Security Subscription NSNOR [412-0802] Digital Music Musicmatch® Jukebox Basic MMBASE [412-0741] Primary Battery 6-Cell Lithium Ion Battery (53Whr) 53WHR [310-5188] Limited Warranty, Services and Support No Extended Service, Support or Ltd Warranty NW90N [900-3961] [960-6980] [960-6970] Dial-Up Internet Access 6 Months America Online Internet Access Included AOLDHS [412-0625] [420-3224] [412-0687] [412-0787] Digital Imaging or Digital Photography Photo Album™ SE Basic DPS [412-0744] Mail-in Rebate SAVE $300 with mail-in rebate! System price shown before rebate. Q2DH300 [464-1324] Financial Software No QuickBooks package selected- Includes limited use trial QBSSP [420-5139] Dell Media Experience Dell Media Experience™ DMX [412-0751] Dell 720 Color Printer Free Dell Color Printer 720 Qty: 1 Unit Price: $0.00 Dell Color Printer 720 Free Dell Color Printer 720 XPR720 [464-2027] Hardware Support Services 1Yr Ltd. Warranty- Advance Exchange AE1YR [902-7040] [960-4638] [960-2840] ADDITIONAL DISCOUNTS AND COUPONS Dell Home Customers: Free Ground Shipping on Dell Inspiron orders greater than $849! $19 handling charge applies. Expires on 2005-08-04 11:59:59 - $30.00 . Sub-Total $1,424.00 Shipping Discount -$30.00 Shipping and Handling $19.00 Tax $119.05 State Environment Fee $6.00 More Info Total $1,568.05 is it good for game development? Thank you in advance for all your comment, suggestions and advise.

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Well, "game development" is a bit of a blanket term. It depends on what kind of game development. Are we talking about 2D casual games? Or full-blown AAA titles?

It looks to me as if your machine has an onboard graphics card, and a processor that clocks below a GHz. Your RAM's okay, but really, it's pretty useless if you're planning on developing Doom III. Now, if you want to make something less intensive, then sure, yeah, it should do you decently, albeit a little slowly. But don't expect miracles.

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It's a 2GHz cpu. :)
But yes, get a proper graphics card. And preferably some more ram. (512 is enough for some games, but I wouldn't want to develop on it).

But you can do game development on it. :)

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- That notebook is a mobile 2Ghz.. so about equivelant to a desktop Pentium 4 northwood 2.8Ghz... I'd say that's good enough.

- 512MB DDR is ok.. I'd opt for 1GB if you have the chance because it will cost more to do later on.

- The Dell 600m uses ATI Radeon 9000 integrated graphics... a 4 pipeline chip with the DirectX 8.1 feature set.


EDIT: Actually upgrade that thing to 1GB RAM on purchase, as I see the 512MB is really 2x256 which might eat all your DDR slots which would mean you would have to replace that RAM for 2x512 and throw away those current ones.

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Hmm... I would suggest buying a desktop, just so you can swap out the graphics card for something up-to-date in a couple years...

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I agree to Saruman, nice stats for a notebook, although I consider a (min) 15" screen as important. As this is your only gamedev machine I would also recommend a desktop machine.

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