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Hi


Going to build a HTPC with the Dimension series, only other option is precision and a bit too exp. Main diff between 4600 and 8300 are


1. Processor. Both are avail with 800Mhz FSB, 4600 also has option for 533.


2. Chipset is 875P on 8300 and 865PE on 4600


3. One extra externally accessible 3.5 inch bay for floppy and two interlly accessible 3.5" for hard drives


4. 1 extra PCI slot on 8300 and AGP 8x. 4600 has std AGP assume 4x.


Rest is pretty much the same. cost Delta is about $250. Would assume that 4600 is sufficient but wanted to check with the experts.


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There's no magic here. You've accurately pointed out the differences.


I don't believe the delta in functionality/features is worth the delta in $$$. That's why I got a 4600. The 800Mhz FSB vs. the 533Mhz FSB is pretty much a non-starter IMO. 533Mhz is fast enough for anything you want to do, IMHO... I'm thinking it boils down largely to whether you need the extra PCI slot. Gotta admit I haven't looked closely at the differences between the 875P chipset and the 865PE... You might want to do that...


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The 4600 seems to have what you need to make an HTPC. I went with it and it has room for a capture card, HDTV card and sound card. I got the 9800 and 2.6 800mhz. Using a transcoder, DVDs are great looking and HDTV should be no different than my Samsung 160.
 

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Just to clarify, the 4600 appears to have 8x AGP, and has room for 2nd hard drive.


Perhaps DELL plays down these features to not erode sales of the 8300. The primary difference appears to be an extra PCI slot, a larger tower case, and the Intel 875 chipset.


For most purposes the 4600 if functionally equivalent, minus the extra slot.


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Not sure if Dell is still offering, but they had a great deal on their Poweredge Server, the 400SC. The basic setup with 2.4 HT chip was $400. For $500 you could get the 3.2. Powerserver is reputed to be exceptionally quiet - haven't setup yet, so can tell you from my experience.
 

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The 400SC is a great choice. I have a 8300, a 4600, and a 400SC. The price is right, and the motherboard is almost identical to the 8300, with only minor differences (sound chip, serial connectors, fan headers, network chip).
 
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