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      30.08.2008 17:31
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      Good reliable product

      I received This computer for my Christmas a few years ago now and it has never failed me yet!!!

      I got it with an updated sound card and it sounds amazing with a normal desktop speaker or even with my professional pro-audio speakers! Which is good as I use these to do mixing and recording. The screen is a 15-inch flat-screen which amazing quality and I can't really say anything bad about it.

      It comes with a 15-inch Flat panel monitor as standard (when I got it anyway)

      The computer has a CD drive and optional Zip and Floppy drive. The CD drive also doubles as a DVD drive and a CD writer, which is great for having friends over and watching a DVD and making CD's with all of your favorite music.
      It comes complete with 2 USB ports on the front and 4 on the back which is perfect for me as my, Printer, Mouse, Web-cam, Wireless receiver and keyboard all use USB and there is still one port free for when i use a USB flash drive.

      There is a headphone socket and a microphone socket too. This is very handy for IM messaging. Which i use all the time!!

      It has a very nice design to it which is always better than a big lump sitting on your desk!
      It is fairly easy to connect up if you know a bit about computers (I'm 13 and can do it without help) but their are detailed instructions with diagrams in the box if you need help installing.
      All the required software is supplied in the box.
      There is a choice of optional extras available like:
      Sound cards, Bigger screens (flat panel), Memory cards, wire less keyboard and mouse, Dell speakers etc etc.

      Some bad points are that it is old technology now. There are faster computers around but this is still a good choice. also you may need to Hoover the air hole so as it doesn't slow the fan.
      It has a Pentium 4 processor and run Microsoft XP home edition or business edition easily.
      I won't go into the full specs of the computer as you can get them from other places like the official Webster.

      Microsoft XP is not the most modern operating system as the release of " Vista" this month has changed that. After saying that XP is amazing, it may take a bit of getting used to if you are used to older operating systems but after you get into it, it is actually a lot more user friendly and I enjoy using it.
      My computer is perfect as i love music and has loads of space for music and is perfect for internet gaming and browsing. It is easy to download new features as an automatic popup appears telling you that something is ready to download. Download speeds are good depending on what Internet service provider your on.

      The Speed of this computer can slow if you try to do to many things at once but it has never crashed on me.
      All round this is a great computer that can do all I want it to and more. Amazing customer service if you want to use it and an easy to follow web-site (dell.co.uk) when ordering. My dad always uses dell even in his business (he owns 4 shops) and Dell have never failed him yet to this day.

      I love my computer and I don't know where I would be without it!!
      Great for anyone.

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        08.08.2008 11:13
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        a good workhorse, a bit wonky sometimes, thank god for their aftercare

        The first new quite powerful PC I have ever owned, and still my current machine. It has come down in price since I acquired mine 2 and a half years ago, and I've seen the price fluctuate considerably, it is currently about fifty pounds cheaper today but I believe it has been as much a £200 pounds cheaper in that time. Do not quote me on this, but watch the price before you buy, special offers can appear suddenly.
        The telephone support line is pretty good as is their back-up service. A dead monitor was replaced quite speedily, though you have to think very practically when dealing with the knowledgable efficient Indian call centire staff, because unforseen misunderstandings are so likely to occur that put a spanner in the works, and frustration may result. If you change address after buying your Dimension 3100, always let them know because they are likely to assume you're still at the original delivery address and your replacement hardware ends up in the wrong place. Delivery of the machine itself was fast and satisfactory, it was easy to purchase online.
        I bought mine for multimedia use, it is the home media centre OS and I have never used the media centre, it just doesn't appeal, because getting familiar with it is a chore, so I use downloaded media players for all my multimedia requirements.
        HD is 80GB, a bit modest but I can get by; obviously not so great for storage of movie files and the DVD burner gives endless problems, it's one major pain in the ass, freezing up explorer, crashing the system, disks formatted for reading by other computers, never seems to work. Half of DVDs end up as coasters.

        Sound drivers- Constant aggrivation, again. Where the **** does it keep going to? Regular re-isntallation required, I just keep the driver exe on the desktop for easy access.

        The sound card has issues when connected via the socket at the back of the PC. I never got round to having the issue contained, a real nuisance and an admitted known issue that Dell have probably resolved by this time. It cuts out totally and intermittently and is effectively unsusable. I quickly resolved myself to using only the socket at the front, which is, I think, the headphones outlet. Not an ideal situation. Are their phone charges for using the backup service? I'm unsure, but probably they aren't heavy if so.

        Processor, I think is a pentium 4 and runs at 2.8GHZ which is fairly respectable for heavy tasks like video editing and even 3D modelling, but the 500MB of memory that comes standard is just stingy and barely adequate at times. Expect freeze ups if you have too many tasks running at once.

        The case is cumbersome and ugly with a strange cut away covered by fascia on the front, where the the air intake is located.
        It's metallic grey finish is quite attractive though not exactly thrilling, but I only wanted a workhorse, and looks were bottom of my list. The side of the case easily detaches for easy access.

        A decent machine at a good price with the advantage of a pretty excellent backup service valid for 3 years. It supported me throughout my multimeidia HND course with ease.

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        22.02.2008 04:57
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        I have absolutely loved this computer.

        I currently own a Dimension 3100. It has a 2.8GHZ Intel Pentium 4 Processor, 160GB Hard Drive, DVD Burner, as well as CD Burner obviously, 2GB of RAM (upgraded from 1GB from crucial.com, highly recommended), XP Home, a 17" flat panel monitor, and a Dell wireless keyboard and mouse all for $400 (wait for Dell's magazines to come up with some great deals).

        I have used this computer for a couple years and it has been amazing! I do computer work for people all the time, (graphics, web design, etc), as well as fix computers. I have found Dell computers to be the easiest to troubleshoot and quickly solve the problem. It has been a very nice computer for these purposes, and especially after the RAM upgrade, it NEVER lags.

        Dell sends all of the software in CD's so if you need to reformatt the computer, you have everything you need including the operating system, drivers, and bundled software. This is VERY convienent.

        I would highly recommend this computer to anyone looking for a computer online, although I believe it can only be purchased used at this point. I would recommend getting at least 512mb of RAM, preferably at least 1GB if you plan on doing a little more than just your basic email, myspace, aim, etc.

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        15.03.2006 17:39
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        Average computer

        This computer is a reliable computer but the can improve in terms of speed and storage. With only 256MB ram the computer can be a bit slow. When I first bought this computer it was quite quick but after a while it got slower and slower. The storage (40GB) is not impressive and you cannot really store much on the computer. The only thing that has improved since the Dell dimension 3000 is that it is more quiet and just slightly better.

        The one thing that really disappointed me was the graphics card. The graphics was not very good and i didnt like it at all.

        The two good things about this computer are that it comes with a great flat screen monitor which is great to work with. The other good thing is the CD- writer which runs at a very acceptable speed and doesn’t run into problems.

        Dell is one the best companies around, I am criticising the speed and storage on this computer but I have to praise the reliability of this computer. I ran this computer a lot of times and didn’t have many problems. When it comes to multimedia and work I would say that this computer would be more suitable for doing work.

        The price is good for this type of computer as I think that it is very cheap.

        Overall, if you are looking to buy a computer quickly and cheaply then this computer is for you. The customer supports are average and are not that good at fixing problems but will eventually come up with a solution.

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          30.01.2006 00:01
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          i liked the pc put hated dell and there service

          hello its me smedrick
          i was using one of theese but i had problems such as dells cumtermer service when it first went rong becasue it went rong thats why i got rid of it first problem i encounted was that a fan broke for some unkown reason something to do with the motor at first it was ok then it got really noicey and then it kept rebooting and i used windows error program on the internet and the computer was overheating and i could oh put a new one in myself but i got so little help from dell and i must of wasted so
          much time on the phone it was terribe so in the end i sent it back to dell and they gave me a full refund and a polagied for what happed but i have no poblems with my laptop so
          bye
          smed

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      • Product Details

        Next generation performance in a new cool, quiet design. If you're looking for a desktop that offers enhanced technology at a great price then take a closer look at Dimension 3100. Dimension 3100 meets your entertainment needs including music, photography and enhanced connectivity. Offering Intel Pentium and Celeron processors, Dual channel memory, extensive hard drive capacities and the ability to add feature rich integrated components such as a Media card reader. The Dimension 3100 is an ideal home or small business desktop solution for those customers wanting enhanced technology on a budget. Featuring an Intel Pentium 4 Processor with HT Technology up to 640 (3.20GHz, 2MB cache, 800MHz FSB) or Intel Celeron D Processor up to 346 (3.06GHz, 256k cache, 533MHz FSB). Genuine Windows XP Home Edition. Genuine Windows XP Professional. Genuine Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005. Up to 2048MB Dual channel DDR2 memory for improved productivity when running power-hungry applications. Up to 500GB 7200RPM SATA hard drive capacity (2x250GB solution). Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator GMA 900. Upgradeable with integrated 9-in-1 Media card reader. Integrated 10/100 network adapter. Dell's award-winning service and support available by phone or online to give you answers and help ensure you get the most out of your system.