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Dell adds low-end Dimension

Dell Computer will add new MMX Pentium machines to the low end of its Dimension PC line to appeal to consumers and small businesses.

Dell Computer (DELL) will announce on Monday new MMX Pentium additions at the low end of its Dimension PC line.

The Dimension M166a and M200a, equipped with 166- and 200-MHz MMX Pentium processors, are aimed at small businesses as well as consumers.

Dell introduced MMX processors into its midrange line of Dimension PCs in January. These new MMX machines will be designated as inexpensive, low-end models.

The M166a and M200a include a new 2D and 3D Virge DX graphics chip from S3 and free telephone support to help diagnose hardware problems for the life of the system.

An M166a with a 166-MHz processor, 16MB of high-speed memory called SDRAM, a 2.1GB hard disk drive, 15-inch monitor, a 12X CD-ROM drive, Microsoft Windows 95, and Microsoft Office 97 will be priced at $1,799.

An M200a with 32MB of SDRAM memory, a 3.2GB hard disk drive, a 17-inch monitor, and other features also included in the M166a, will sell for $2,599.