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Dell Studio MTThe Dell Studio MT system is faster and better equipped than its competition, and at a better price. You can certainly get away with a cheaper everyday PC, but this one is a bargain among lower midrange desktops.
[ Music ] ^M00:00:02 >> Hey, it's Justin Yu, Assistant Editor for CNET.com and this is the Dell Studio desktop PC and it wins our Editors' Choice for achieving the best performance score in its class at an extremely competitive price. It might not be the number one choice for hardcore gamers or digital media editors, but it's definitely a good fit for anyone that needs just a little bit more than what a budget PC can provide. Now feature-wise the Dell really holds it own against other computers in this midrange category. It's got a 2.3GHz Intel Quad-Core CPU, 6-gigs of RAM and ATA, radio and video cards, 750-gigs of hard drive space and gigabit Internet, all running off with 64-bit Windows Vista Home Premium. Taking a look at the back, you'll notice that it even has an HDMI port on the graphics card and 2 FireWire ports as well as a SPDIF audio out. Now those parts don't necessarily make this into a full-pledged home theater PC, but they're definitely more than adequate for streaming high definition video from sites like Hulu or Netflix's Watch Instantly service. Now you also get a lot of room for expansion. You can add an extra hard drive or a couple of PC odd cards, but our one gripe as always with low and midrange desktop PCs is that all the memory slots are currently occupied, so upgrading in the future will force you to toss out at least one dip. Now overall, we really like this off the shelf desktop PC because it provides a lot of high-grade components in a faster set-up than the competition and does so at a better price. Now the race to be the best low and midrange desktop is pretty fierce, but this solid work course is our current favorite. So, I'm Justin Yu, and this is the Dell Studio Desktop. ^M00:01:39 [ Music ]