Dell updates high-end gaming PC

Dell has released the final product from its recent consumer push, a new Dimension desktop PC targeted at the gaming community.

First announced in the US in September along with Dell's new Axim X3 personal digital assistants, Dell Digital Jukebox music player, and LCD (liquid crystal display) digital televisions, the updated Dimension XPS rounds out the new products unveiled by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael Dell to highlight the company's drive into consumer electronics.

Dell also released the Digital Jukebox and Dell W1700 17-inch television to the US market on Tuesday.

While the PC market has endured a rough couple of years, recent data from market research firms point to a rebound in shipments. The fourth-quarter holiday shopping season is always an important period for PC companies, and Dell hopes to capture some attention among the influential gaming and PC enthusiast community with the update to its high-end Dimension XPS system.

The XPS is available from Dell US with a number of high-end features, including Intel's fastest Pentium 4 processors, high end PC3200 (400MHz) memory, and RAID (redundant array of independent disks) hard drive technology normally found on servers.

A base configuration of the XPS starts at US$1,799 and comes with a 2.8GHz Pentium 4 processor with hyperthreading, 512M bytes of PC3200 DDR (double data rate) SDRAM (synchronous dynamic RAM), a 80G-byte hard drive without RAID support, a GeForce FX 5200 graphics card from Nvidia with 128M bytes of video memory, a DVD-ROM drive and a 17-inch CRT (cathode ray tube) monitor. Graphics cards from ATI Technologies are also available with the XPS, as well as DVD+RW/+R/CD-RW optical drives.

According to Dell Australia corporate communications manager Nicole Gemmell, Dell has not yet confirmed an Australian release date for the Dimension XPS.

"The Dimension XPS is primarily being rolled out in the US, and its potential is currently being investigated for other regions," Gemmell said.

"Dell ANZ is talking with customers and reviewing the opportunity for the local market, however there are no definitive plans to launch [the Dimension XPS PC] to the Australian market at this time."

However, consumers can expect to see a new model in Dell's digital projector range. Targeted specifically at home entertainment users, it hits the local market shortly, Gemmell said.

Three different Axim X3 PDA models are also now available to Australian consumers: the Axim X3i with integrated Wi-Fi 802.11b for $699, and two non-wireless configurations for $519 and $599.

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