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History of Recommended PC Configurations

"Entry Level" Recommendations

Date Configuration

December 14, 2006

Dell Optiplex 745 Minitower
Intel Celeron Processor 346 (3.06GHz, 256K, 533MHz)
1GB memory
128MB ATI Radeon X1300 Video Card
80GB SATA hard drive
48X32 combo CDRW/DVD drive
17" analog flat panel monitor
Windows XP Professional SP2 operating system
$990

July 19, 2005
updated May 3, 2006

Dell Optiplex GX520 Minitower
Pentium 4 2.8GHz processor
1GB memory (changed from 512MB 5/3/2006)
40GB SATA hard drive (SATA II as of 7/29/2005)
48X32 combo CDRW/DVD drive
floppy drive
17" analog flat panel monitor with sound bar
Windows XP Professional SP2 operating system
$918 (changed from $985 5/3/2006)

May 11, 2005

Dell OptiPlex GX280 Small Minitower
Pentium 4 2.8GHz processor
512MB memory
40GB SATA hard drive
48X CD-ROM drive
floppy drive
15" analog flat panel monitor with sound bar
Windows XP Professional SP2 operating system
$921

September 15, 2004

Dell OptiPlex GX280 Small Minitower
Pentium 4 2.8GHz processor
256MB memory
40GB SATA hard drive
48X CD-ROM drive
floppy drive
15" flat panel monitor and speakers
Windows XP Professional SP1 operating system (SP2 11/9/2004)
$999

March 9, 2004

Dell OptiPlex GX270 Small Minitower
Celeron 2.2GHz processor
256MB memory
40GB hard drive
16X DVD
floppy drive
17" flat panel monitor and speakers
Windows XP Professional SP1 operating system
$1,007

May 28, 2003

Dell OptiPlex GX270 Small Minitower
Celeron 1GHz processor
256MB memory
40GB hard drive
16X DVD
17" monitor and speakers
Windows XP Professional SP1 operating system
$913

July 11, 2002

Dell OptiPlex GX260 Small Minitower
Celeron 1.7GHz processor (1.8GHz as of 5/1/2003)
256MB memory
20GB hard drive
48X CD-ROM
17" monitor and speakers
Windows XP Professional operating system
$937 ($850 as of 5/1/2003)

January 19, 2002

Dell OptiPlex GX240 Small Desktop
Pentium 4 1.5GHz processor
256MB memory
20GB hard drive
48X CD-ROM
17" monitor and speakers
Windows 2000 SP2 operating system
$963

February 20, 2001

Dell OptiPlex GX150 Small Desktop
Celeron 600/66 processor
128MB memory
10GB hard drive
20/48X CD-ROM
17" monitor and speakers
Windows 2000 SP1 operating system
$950

May 2000

Dell OptiPlex GX100
Celeron 466 processor
128MB memory
6.4GB hard drive
20/48X CD-ROM
17" monitor and speakers
Windows 2000 operating system
$1,329

"Standard" Recommendations

Date Configuration

December 14, 2006

Dell Optiplex 745 Minitower
Intel Core 2 Duo Processor E6300 (1.86GHz, 2M, 1066MHz)
2GB memory
256MB ATI Radeon X1300PRO Video Card
160GB SATA hard drive
16X DVD+/-RW drive
17" analog flat panel monitor with sound bar
Windows XP Professional SP2 operating system
$1439

July 19, 2005

Dell OptiPlex GX620 Minitower
Pentium 4 3.2GHz processor
1GB memory
40GB SATA hard drive (SATA II as of 7/29/2005)
16X DVD+/-RW drive
no floppy drive
17" digital (DVI) flat panel monitor with sound bar
Windows XP Professional SP2 operating system
$1,181

August 12, 2004

Dell OptiPlex GX280 Small Minitower
Pentium 4 2.8GHz processor
1GB memory
40GB SATA hard drive
48X32 DVD-CDRW combo drive
floppy drive
17" digital (DVI) flat panel monitor with sound bar
Windows XP Professional SP1 operating system (SP2 11/9/2004)
$1,454 ($1,170 on 5/11/2005)

March 9, 2004

Dell OptiPlex GX270 Small Minitower
Pentium 4 2.6GHz processor
512MB memory
40GB hard drive
48X DVD-CDRW combo drive
floppy drive
17" flat panel monitor and speakers
Windows XP Professional SP1 operating system
$1,297

May 28, 2003

Dell OptiPlex GX270 Small Minitower
Pentium 4 2.4GHz processor
512MB memory
40GB hard drive
48X DVD-CDRW combo drive
17" flat panel monitor and speakers
Windows XP Professional SP1 operating system
$1,439

July 11, 2002

Dell OptiPlex GX260 Small Minitower
Pentium 4 2.0GHz processor (2.4GHz as of 5/1/2003)
256MB memory (512MB as of 5/1/2003)
20GB hard drive
combo DVD/CDRW
15" flat panel monitor and speakers
Windows XP Professional operating system
$1,361 ($1,241 as of 5/1/2003)

January 19, 2002

Dell OptiPlex GX240 Small Minitower
Pentium 4 1.8GHz processor
256MB memory
20GB hard drive
combo DVD/CDRW
15" flat panel monitor and speakers
Windows 2000 SP2 operating system
$1,399

April 19, 2001

Dell OptiPlex GX150 Small Minitower
Pentium III 866MHz processor
128MB memory
20GB hard drive
combo DVD/CDRW
17" monitor and speakers
Windows 2000 SP1 operating system
$1,443

February 20, 2001

Dell OptiPlex GX200 Minitower
Pentium III 866MHz processor
128MB memory
20GB hard drive
16X DVD
17" monitor and speakers
Windows 2000 SP1 operating system
$1,622

April 2000

Dell OptiPlex GX300 Minitower
Pentium III 533MHz processor
128MB memory
20GB hard drive
17/40X CD-ROM
17" monitor and speakers
Windows 2000 Professional operating system
$2,269

February 2000

Dell OptiPlex GX1p Minitower
Pentium III 550MHz processor
128MB memory
20GB hard drive
17/40X CD-ROM
17" monitor and speakers
Windows NT SP5 operating system
$1,711

April 1999

Dell OptiPlex GX1p Minitower
Pentium II 400MHz processor
128MB memory
10GB hard drive
17/40X CD-ROM
17" monitor and speakers
Windows NT operating system
$1,881

November 1998

Tangent MidTower
Pentium II 400MHz processor
64MB memory
6.4GB hard drive
32X CD-ROM
15" monitor and speakers
Windows95 operating system
$1,899

April 1998

Tangent MidTower
Pentium II 266MHz processor
32MB memory
3.2GB hard drive
32X CD-ROM
15" monitor and speakers
Windows95 operating system
$1,725

January 1998

Tangent MidTower
Pentium II 233MHz processor
32MB memory
3.2GB hard drive
24X CD-ROM
15" monitor and speakers
Windows95 operating system
$1,850

October 1997

Tangent MidTower
Pentium II 233MHz processor
32MB memory
2.5GB hard drive
16X CD-ROM
15" monitor and speakers
Windows95 operating system
$2,159

March 1997

Tangent MidTower
Pentium 166MHz processor
32MB memory
2.5GB hard drive
8X CD-ROM
15" monitor and speakers
Windows95 operating system
$1,999

November 1996

Tangent MidTower
Pentium 133MHz processor
16MB memory
1.6GB hard drive
8X CD-ROM
15" monitor and speakers
Windows95 operating system
$1,999

March 1996

Tangent MidTower
Pentium 100MHz processor
16MB memory
1GB hard drive
4X CD-ROM
14" monitor and speakers
Windows 3.11 & DOS 6.22 or Windows95 operating systems
$1,969

May 1995

Tangent MiniTower
i486 DX2/66 processor
16MB memory
540MB hard drive
2X CD-ROM
14" monitor and speakers
$2,017

June 1994

Computer Wholesale/Pronex Tower
i486 DX/50 processor
16MB memory
263MB hard drive
14" monitor and speakers
Windows 3.1 & DOS 6.2 operating systems
$1,705

May 1993

CLH Tower
486 DX/33 processor
8MB memory
200MB hard drive
1.2MB & 1.4MB floppy drives
14" monitor and speakers
DOS 6.0 operating system
$2,157

September 1992

Micro Assistance Group (MAG) tower
486 33MHz processor
8MB memory
130MB hard drive
1.2MB & 1.4MB floppy drives
14" monitor and speakers
DOS 5.0 operating system
$2,456

January 1991

Micro Assistance Group (MAG) tower
80386 25MHz processor
4MB memory
40MB hard drive
1.2MB & 1.4MB floppy drives
14" monitor and speakers
DOS 4.01 operating system
$2,095

"Special Use" Recommendations

Date Configuration

December 14, 2006

Dell Optiplex 745 Minitower
Intel Core 2 Duo Processor E6600 (2.40GHz, 2M, 1066MHz)
4GB memory
256MB ATI Radeon X1300PRO Video Card
160GB SATA hard drive
16X DVD+/-RW drive
19" analog flat panel monitor with sound bar
Windows XP Professional SP2 operating system
$1937

July 19, 2005

Dell OptiPlex GX620 Minitower
Pentium D 3.2GHz DC processor
2GB memory
two 80GB SATA hard drives (SATA II as of 7/29/2005)
16X DVD+/-RW drive
16X DVD drive
PCIe 128MB ATI Radeon X600SE graphics adaptor
19" flat panel monitor (DVI) with sound bar
$1,948

May 11, 2005

Dell OptiPlex GX280 Small Minitower
Pentium 4 3.8GHz processor
2GB memory
two 80GB SATA hard drives
16X DVD+/-RW
16X DVD
ATI Radeon X300 DVI and VGA adapter, 128MB
19" flat panel monitor (DVI) with sound bar
Windows XP Professional SP2 operating system
$2,075

August 12, 2004

Dell OptiPlex GX280 Small Minitower
Pentium 4 3.6GHz processor
1GB memory
two 80GB SATA hard drives
8X DVD+RW/+R
16X DVD
19" flat panel monitor (DVI) with sound bar
Windows XP Professional SP1 operating system (SP2 11/9/2004)
$2,120

March 9, 2004

Dell OptiPlex GX270 Small Minitower
Pentium 4 3.2GHz processor
1GB memory
two 120GB SATA hard drives
8X DVD+RW/+R
16X DVD
19" flat panel monitor (DVI) with sound bar
no floppy drive
Windows XP Professional SP1 operating system
$2,121

May 28, 2003

Dell OptiPlex GX270 Small Minitower
Pentium 4 3GHz processor
1GB memory
two 120GB SATA hard drives
4X DVD+RW/+R
48X CDROM
18" flat panel monitor (DVI) and speakers
no floppy drive
Windows XP Professional SP1 operating system
$2,117

July 11, 2002

Dell OptiPlex GX260 Small Minitower
Pentium 4 2.26GHz processor (2.8GHz as of 5/1/2003)
512MB memory
two 40GB hard drives
combo DVD/CDRW (DVD+RW/+R and CDR as of 5/1/2003)
17" flat panel monitor and speakers
Windows XP Professional operating system
$1,966

January 19, 2002

Dell OptiPlex GX240 Small Minitower
Pentium 4 2.2GHz processor
512MB memory
80GB hard drive
combo DVD/CDRW
15" flat panel monitor and speakers
Windows 2000 SP2 operating system
$2,246

April 19, 2001

Dell OptiPlex GX400 Minitower
Pentium 4 1.4GHz processor
256MB memory
two 40GB hard drives
combo DVD/CDRW
17" monitor and speakers
Windows 2000 SP1 operating system
$2,147

February 20, 2001

Dell OptiPlex GX200 Minitower
Pentium III 1GHz processor
256MB memory
two 40GB hard drives
combo DVD/CDRW
17" monitor and speakers
Windows 2000 SP1 operating system
$2,403

April 2000

Dell OptiPlex GX300 Minitower
Pentium III 733MHz processor
128MB memory
20GB IDE & 9.2GB SCSI hard drives
17/40X CD-ROM
17" monitor and speakers
Windows 2000 Professional operating system
$3,114

February 2000

Dell OptiPlex GX1p Minitower
Pentium III 600MHz processor
128MB memory
20GB hard drive
17/40X CD-ROM
17" monitor and speakers
Windows NT SP5 operating system
$1,773

April 1999

Dell OptiPlex GX1p Minitower
Pentium III 450MHz processor
128MB memory
10GB IDE & 9GB SCSI hard drives
17/40X CD-ROM
17" monitor and speakers
Windows NT operating system
$2,807

November 1998

Tangent MidTower
Pentium II 450MHz processor
128MB memory
6.4GB hard drive
32X CD-ROM
17" monitor and speakers
Windows95 operating system
$2,449

April 1998

Tangent MidTower
Pentium II 333MHz processor
64MB memory
6.4GB hard drive
32X CD-ROM
17" monitor and speakers
Windows95 operating system
$2,395

January 1998

Tangent MidTower
Pentium II 300MHz processor
64MB memory
6.4GB hard drive
24X CD-ROM
17" monitor and speakers
Windows95 operating system
$2,775

October 1997

Tangent MidTower
Pentium II 266MHz processor
64MB memory
6.4GB hard drive
16X CD-ROM
17" monitor and speakers
Windows95 operating system
$2,799

March 1997

Tangent MidTower
Pentium 200MHz processor
64MB memory
3.25GB hard drive
8X CD-ROM
17" monitor and speakers
Windows95 operating system
$2,933

November 1996

Tangent MidTower
Pentium 200MHz processor
32MB memory
3.25GB hard drive
8X CD-ROM
17" monitor and speakers
Windows95 operating system
$2,795

March 1996

Tangent MidTower
Pentium 166MHz processor
32MB memory
1.6GB hard drive
4X CD-ROM
15" monitor and speakers
Windows 3.11 & DOS 6.22 or Windows95 operating systems
$2,979

May 1995

Tangent MiniTower
Pentium 90MHz processor
32MB memory
1GB hard drive
2X CD-ROM
15" monitor and speakers
$3,384

June 1994

Computer Wholesale/Pronex Tower
Pentium 60MHz processor
32MB memory
540MB hard drive
3X CD-ROM
15" monitor and speakers
Windows 3.1 & DOS 6.2 operating systems
$3,630

May 1993

CLH Tower
486 DX2/66 processor
16MB memory
520MB hard drive
1.2MB & 1.4MB floppy drives
15" monitor and speakers
DOS 6.0 operating system
$4,431

January 1991

Micro Assistance Group (MAG) tower
80486 25MHz processor
4MB memory
40MB hard drive
1.2MB & 1.4MB floppy drives
14" monitor and speakers
DOS 4.01 operating system
$3,350

"Travel Laptop" Recommendations

Date Configuration

April 14, 2005
updated May 3, /2006

Dell Latitude X1
Pentium M 733 (1.1GHz)
1GB memory (changed from 512MB 5/3/2006)
30GB hard drive
DVD-ROM drive
12.1" WXGA display
wireless 802.11b/g & Bluetooth networking
Windows XP Pro SP2
$1,800 (changed from $1,600 5/3/2006)

September 1, 2003

Dell Latitude X300
Pentium M 1.2GHz processor
512MB memory
20GB hard drive
combo DVD/CDRW external drive
12.1" XGA display
Wireless dual band networking (802.11 a/b/g, 54Mbps)
Windows XP Pro SP 1 operating system (SP2 11/9/2004)
$1,929

July 11, 2002

Dell Latitude X200
Pentium III 800MHz processor (933MHz as of 5/28/2003)
256MB memory
30GB hard drive
combo DVD/CDRW (CDRW as of 5/28/2003)
12.1" XGA display
Windows XP Professional operating system
$1,872 ($1,671 as of 5/28/2003)

January 19, 2002

Dell Latitude C400
Pentium III 866MHz processor
256MB memory
10GB hard drive
24X CD-ROM
12.1" XGA display
Windows 2000 SP2 operating system
$1,962

April 19, 2001

Dell Latitude L400
Pentium III 700MHz processor
128MB memory
6GB hard drive
(no CD or DVD drive)
12.1" XGA display
Windows 2000 SP1 operating system
$2,002

February 20, 2001

Dell Latitude C600
Pentium III 700MHz processor
128MB memory
6GB hard drive
8X DVD
14.1" XGA display
Windows 2000 SP1 operating system
$2,093

May 2000

Dell Latitude CPtS
Celeron 500MHz processor
128MB memory
12GB hard drive
10/24X CD-ROM
14.1" XGA display
Windows 2000 operating system
$2,919

April 2000

Dell Latitude CPtV
Celeron 466MHz processor
128MB memory
12GB hard drive
10/24X CD-ROM
14.1" XGA display
Windows 2000 Professional operating system
$3,153

April 1999

Dell Latitude CPi
Pentium II 366MHz processor
128MB memory
6.4GB hard drive
24X CD-ROM
13.3" display
Windows NT operating system
$3,079

November 1998

Tangent Shuttle
Pentium 266MHz processor
64MB memory
4GB hard drive
24X CD-ROM
14.1" display
Windows95 operating system
$3,067

June 1998

Tangent TC
Pentium 233MHz processor
64MB memory
4GB hard drive
(no CD-ROM)
13.3" display
Windows95 operating system
$2,750

"Office Notebook" Recommendations

Date Configuration

May 3, 2006

Dell Latitude D820
15.4" wide screen WXGA+ LCD panel
Intel Core Duo T2500 (2GHz) dual core processor
1GB memory
60GB 7200RPM hard drive
wireless WLAN (802.11a/g)
8X DVD+/-RW
Windows XP Professional SP2 operating system
$1,714

May 12, 2005

Dell Latitude D810
15.4" wide screen WXGA LCD panel
Pentium M 2GHz processor
1GB memory
60GB 7200RPM hard drive
wireless WLAN (802.11a/b/g)
combo DVD/CDRW
Windows XP Professional SP2 operating system
$1,927

March 3, 2005

Dell Latitude D810
15.4" wide screen WXGA LCD panel
Pentium M 1.73GHz processor
1GB memory
60GB 7200RPM hard drive
wireless WLAN (802.11a/b/g)
combo DVD/CDRW
Windows XP Professional SP1 operating system (SP2 11/9/2004)
$1,973

March 9, 2004

Dell Latitude D800
Pentium M 1.4GHz processor
no floppy drive
512MB memory
20GB hard drive
wireless WLAN (802.11a/b/g)
combo DVD/CDRW
Windows XP Professional SP1 operating system (SP2 11/9/2004)
$1,797

May 1, 2003

Dell Latitude D800
Pentium M 1.3GHz processor
no floppy drive
512MB memory
20GB hard drive
wireless WLAN (802.11/b/g)
combo DVD/CDRW
Windows XP Professional SP1 operating system
$1,697

July 11, 2002

Dell Latitude C840
Mobile Pentium 4 2GHz processor
256MB memory
20GB hard drive
combo DVD/CDRW
15" UltraSharp UXGA display
Windows XP Professional operating system
$2,273

November 27, 2001

Dell Latitude C810
Pentium III 1.13GHz processor
256MB memory
30GB hard drive
combo DVD/CDRW
15" UXGA display
Windows 2000 SP2 operating system
$2,255

April 19, 2001

Dell Latitude C800
Pentium III 850MHz processor
128MB memory
10GB hard drive
8X DVD
15" display
Windows 2000 SP1 operating system
$2,225

February 20, 2001

Dell Latitude C800
Pentium III 850MHz processor
128MB memory
20GB hard drive
8X DVD
15" display
Windows 2000 SP1 operating system
$2,659

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