View Full Version : Who has a dell 8400

07-28-2004, 12:22 PM
Who has one of these, Are they good as the techies, say.And does it have a AGP slot?

07-28-2004, 12:22 PM
Who has one of these, Are they good as the techies, say.And does it have a AGP slot?

07-28-2004, 12:35 PM
go on the website as if to buy one then check the config there.. mine is the 8200 and it has http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif BTW they are bringing a gaming one out too

07-28-2004, 12:44 PM
I had ordered one.I did find anything on the net indicating that it has a AGP. IT comes with the new ATI RADEON X300 with PCI Express x16 lane native support. I have a AGP 9800XT.I hope that my new dell has a AGP slot.

07-28-2004, 03:13 PM
this is the specs, looks like it hasnt http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif


if you go to http://www1.euro.dell.com/content/products/productdetails.aspx/dimen_8400?c=uk&cs=ukdhs1&l=en&s=dhs&~page=2&~tab=specstab#tabtop

and click on the graphics ? it gives this but on the models does not show any of the AGP cards for your model http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gifhttp://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

PCI Express
PCI Express (PCIe) is the latest interface specification designed to improve a system's graphic performance by increasing its bandwidth. It helps speed the communication flow between the CPU and the graphics controller. This enhancement allows texture maps of greater size, detail, and realism enabling 3D applications to run faster because of even higher bandwidth compared to AGP.

07-28-2004, 03:18 PM
I bought a Dell XPS (the gaming computer) and I love it. They can be pricey though...

Red Russian

07-28-2004, 03:20 PM
It comes with:

128MB PCI ExpressTM x16 (DVI/VGA/TV-out) ATI RadeonTM X300 SE

Which is like a 128-bit 9600SE. Not a great gaming card. No AGP slot for the 925 chipset.


07-28-2004, 09:36 PM
Dell XPS = good but 2x overpriced... go to www.ibuypower.com (http://www.ibuypower.com) and you can get a great system at prices much better than Dell. The computers at ibuypower are also more upgradable in the future... with Dell you run into a lot of problems because they make everything for their case so most likey you would be ordering expensive inflated upgrades from Dell while you can really get them for 1/2 the price.

07-28-2004, 10:13 PM
ibuypower looks good. I ordered a Dell XPS with
256MB PCI ExpressTM x16 (DVI/VGA/TV-out) ATI RadeonTM X800 xt. I didn't see any PCI express mobos or cards at ibuypower, though I admit, if you don't "the very latest" it looks like a good place to shop.

"check out guitar-George, he knows all the chords...."

07-28-2004, 11:13 PM
I'll agree that Dell can be overpriced sometimes. But I got one heck of a computer for what I paid, and I'm happy.

I buy Dell because I've had a great relationship with them for a number of years. I'm comfortable with them, and I like their products.

However, if I were more computer smart, I'd make my own, but I haven't the time to really learn...plus, it's hard to get support when I built it!

I guess just shop around.

Red Russian

07-30-2004, 02:07 AM
I had my 8200 series for 2 1/2 years with no problems so far... knock on wood.
http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-happy.gifI updated it last year with a 9800 PRO Graphic Card, Audigy 2 Sound Card and a couple of Samsung Memory Boards uping memory to 1Gig.
I've been very pleased with the Dell and the support from Dell so far.
I hope you have as Good of Luck as I have had! http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

USS Biddle DLG 34/CG 34

07-30-2004, 04:47 AM
Stupid dude, bought a dell!


07-30-2004, 06:19 AM
Build your own and you won't need support http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/mockface.gif
When purchasing a high end gaming machine
it is cheaper to build one.

If you want an E-Mail cruncher, buy a Dell.


07-30-2004, 09:02 AM
Built my own for years but my last three machines have all been Dell's and I'm happy.

Sorry, but I found the time I had to spend futzing with home-rolled machines way more a PITA than the couple of hundred bucks it saved me. I have a Dell 8250 and when the BIOS went bad it was one phone call and there was a tech at my door the next day. 20 mins later he had installed a new mobo and I was back up and running.

Upgrading my son's machine recently from an AMD 1600 to an AMD 2000 and a new case took a week to settle all the various chipset driver problems and BIOS conflicts all culminating with a problem of just slightly too much heatsink on the CPU.

I am MORE than willing to pay the few extra bucks NOT to have to go through that again. :-)

07-30-2004, 01:42 PM
can't argue, no point in it.
I'm on my fourth mother board and sixth
processor since I started building my own.
So far the most severe problems were the sasser
and blaster worms.
This motherboard has had four different
processors on it including a Celeron i tested
on it. No BIOS conflicts, no driver issues.
ASUS motherboards are nearly "Chimp Proof".
I could never afford this machine buying it
from Dell, Gateway, or Alienware.
This rig is in a state of continuos upgrade.
I just added two 250 gig hard drives.

I also built my Wife's machine and my step son's
Again, few problems other than a worm here and there.


07-30-2004, 02:11 PM
I gotta admit, second dell, got in their sale, got a free pda and a 768 Rambus memory upgrade for free, might be cheaper to build your own etc, but i will gladly pay for it to sit here for 3 years never miss a beat, all on a 24 hour warranty and sure that the software installed is all running when it comes and 3 years down the line..... so far................. I have never had to reinstall windows at all...now thats the kiss of death if i ever heard one. Next pc? a dell, sorry but to have the peace of mind i dont mind throwing extra dosh at it. period