Thanks, Josie Blue!
Josie Blue wrote:Hi There!
I often use a lap top. The one I have is an Alien that I purchased from Dell. Be sure you get a graphics card with 1 gig on board memory and get as much RAM as you can afford. I have 8 gigs. Four should do it, but with RAM, more is a good thing.
& maybe this can help save someone else some time if they are considering a new Dell...
Following the mystery disconnections after they tried to ask me tons of 'car dealer' questions & I requested that they please answer mine...during my 3rd call to the company they finally revealed:RAM:
4 slots 1 each to = 4GB - which can be replaced by 2GB memory cards X 4 to = 8 GB.
The choices advertised for that model/price are 4GB (1 channel) & 6GB (2 channels)??...& not sure why the rep said this
but "it would be a waste of money" for me to double the 4 to 8GB on my own...maybe he meant it's better/cheaper to switch out the 6GB but could not say it per company rules.
I thought it would be cheaper anyway for me to add it myself vs. having Dell do it....but whatever this is about there seems to be a difference between the meaning of "channel" and the meaning of 'slots.'Video card: DavyRocket
was right. The 'dedicated' card: the AMD Radeon™ HD 6470M (64-bit) 512MB (Dual)
is also integrated, just like the "Intel HD Graphics/HD Graphics 3000 with up to 1.6GB Dynamic Video Memory."
So either way I wouldn't be able to replace it. Both options are soldered onto/into the motherboard. Disappointing, to say the least. But sounds like I have the option to use an external card if I chose to do that. They're still looking pretty expensive but at least I could do it with the 2nd generation model (the one with the AMD Raedon). Note:
Just checked mail because the rep asked if he could send a record of his answers to my questions. I said ok & I just found 2 e-mails. One is a "Welcome to Dell!" and, "Congratulations on your new Dell My Account!"
letter. Addressed to the name of some guy I do not know. The other mail is a letter that says:"Thank you for choosing Dell. Per your request a virtual shopping cart containing your new customized system/item has been saved for your convenience at the Dell Online Store...."
with the same mystery customer's name as on the first e-mail + an address for him in a USA state that I don't live in...Say what?!!
..God help us & I need a whiskey shot after all of that - even though I don't normally like liquor... but not sure how to avoid the heavy sales pushing & all the oddities, etc. Every big company seemed crazed these days... :o0