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Sony VAIO PCV-RS520 Digital Studio Desktop PC (Pentium 4 3E GHz (Hyper-Threading), 512 MB RAM, 160 GB Hard Drive, DVD+RW/CD-RW Combo Drive)

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  • Sony VAIO PCV-RS520 Digital Studio Desktop PC
  • Pentium 4 3E GHz (Hyper-Threading), 512 MB RAM
  • 160 GB Hard Drive, DVD+RW/CD-RW Combo Drive
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Product Description

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The Sony VAIO PCV-RS520 offers everything you need to wrangle your multimedia collection, as well as tremendous power for high-end multimedia software and PC games. Featuring a fast Hyper-Threaded 3.0 GHz Pentium 4 processor, the PCV-RS520 also offers a built-in DVD+/-RW writer, 512 MB installed RAM, a very generous 160 GB hard drive, and a wealth of digital audio, photo, and video software. With Click to DVD, you can import your camcorder's digital video and burn directly to DVD. For a step up in price, the Sony Vaio PCV-RS530G offers a PVR function that you can hook up to your TV to record programs.

The Basics

  • Hard Drive: Though it's not the largest on the market, the large 160 GB Ultra ATA/100 hard drive (7200 RPM) offers a wealth of storage for all your media storage--from digital audio to TV programs.
  • Processor: The 3.0 GHz Pentium 4 processor with Hyper-Threading technology (which allows a single CPU system to behave in some aspects like a dual-CPU system--see more in Tech Talk section below) is one of the fastest processors currently available on the market. It also has a 1 MB L2 cache
  • Memory: The installed 512 MB of RAM (400 MHz DDR SDRAM) is sufficient for starting out, but you'll want to add more memory power to take full advantage of the PCV-RS520's multimedia capabilities (it's expandable to 2.0 GB). It also has an FSB (front-side bus) speed of 800 MHz.
  • CD/DVD Drive: It is equipped with a combo DVD+/-RW and CD-RW drive. For DVD-RW discs, it has a 4x write/2x rewrite/2x read speed, while for DVD+RW discs it has a 4x write/2.4x rewrite/2.4x read speed. For CDs, it has a 16x write/10x rewrite/32x read speed.
  • Keyboard & Mouse: It comes with a Sony Vaio keyboard and mouse (with PS/2 connector).
Sound and Graphics
Featuring the ATI Radeon 9200 graphics card (with 128 MB of shared video RAM), the PCV-RS520 delivers a dazzling visual experience optimized to support the most compelling next-generation 3-D gaming environments of today and tomorrow. The PCV-RS520 features an integrated AC'97 (Audio Codec '97) that is built into the computer's main board.

Connectivity and Expansion Slots
You get a wide range of connectivity options with the PCV-RS520 (including a floppy disk drive), such as three PCI expansion slots (one available), one 8x AGP (accelerated graphics port, occupied) slot and the following external ports:

  • 8 USB 2.0 ports (4 in front, 4 in rear) for connecting a wide range of peripherals--from digital cameras to MP3 players
  • 2 FireWire (also known as IEEE 1394 or i.Link; 1 4-pin in front and 1 6-pin in back) ports for connecting digital video camcorders and other peripherals
  • 1 parallel port for connecting older printers and scanners
  • 2 PS/2 ports for connecting keyboards and mice
  • 1 RGB monitor port
  • 1 headphone jack and 1 microphone jack

Preloaded System and Software
The PCV-RS520 comes with the Windows XP Home Edition operating system, and it also features Microsoft Works (for working with word processing and spreadsheet documents) as well as a 60-day trial for Microsoft Office 2003. Preloaded Sony software includes Click to DVD (DVD creation), PictureGear Studio (digital photo), DVgate Plus (digital video), SonicStage (digital music), and VAIO Media (Network file sharing). Other preloaded software includes InterVideo WinDVD, MoodLogic 2.5 Trial, Intuit Quicken 2004 New User Edition, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Apple QuickTime, RealNetworks RealOne Player, Norton Internet Security (90-day trial).

Dimensions and Weight
It measures 7.2 x 15.6 x 14.9 (W x H x D) and weighs 26.5 pounds.

What's in the Box
This package contains the Sony Vaio PCV-RS520 Digital Studio PC, keyboard, mouse, and set of two speakers.

Tech Talk
Hyper-Threading: A Hyper-Threading processor helps a PC to run multiple demanding applications at the same time. This technology enables the processor to execute two threads (a part of a program) in parallel, boosting performance during key high-drain procedures. This results in more efficient software performance (such as faster reaction times in gaming applications) and enhanced multitasking.


Product Information

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Processor3 GHz Intel Pentium 4
RAM512 MB ddr_sdram
Hard Drive160 GB
Graphics CoprocessorRadeon
Card DescriptionATI Radeon 9200
Graphics Card Ram Size128 MB
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 7
Brand NameSony
Hardware PlatformPC
Operating SystemWindows
Processor BrandIntel
Processor Count1
Computer Memory TypeDDR SDRAM
Hard Drive InterfaceUltra ATA
  
Additional Information
ASINB0001BEZ3Q
Shipping Weight27 pounds
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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Date First AvailableJanuary 15, 2004
  
Warranty & Support
Warranty, Parts: 1 Year

Warranty, Labor: 1 Year

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 30, 2004
I purchased this computer one week ago. It works well so far. I have the following supplemental comments to previous reviews:
1. There is indeed NO recovery CD coming with the computer. However, SONY allocates a diagnostic partition on the hard drive for the backup. You can easily use the included recovery software to reinstall the whole system or create you own recovery disks (9 CDs or 1 DVDs+1 CDs). I am quite happy with this feature since it is more convenient and gives you more options.
2. There is NO DVD decoder in the pre-installed system. So you have to buy one.
3. Most pre-installed softwares are trash.
4. It is FAST and QUIET.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 22, 2004
I ordered this exact system and I've had it about 3 weeks. No problems, easy setup, and man it screams. All the things I wanted to add to my old system are on this one. With Hyper-threading I can suft the web while I burn cds. No matter what system you buy, make certain it has hyper-threading!!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 23, 2004
I just bought the Sony PCV-RS 520, and I love it, it's fast and does everything I want it to do, before that I mainly bought HP computers, they were a good value for the money, but the last one I bought had one too many problems,let me just say that after two weeks it needed a new hard drive, and it only got worse from there, my advice is get the Sony, it cost's a little more, but the quality is well worth it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Lim on May 4, 2004
I bought this computer 10 days ago, and here are what I like and don't like:
What I like
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1. Fast, very fast - It speeds up everything on my computer, especially my graphics editing program.
2. Quiet - Unlike my previous HP, this computer is very quiet. The sound is also quite soothing.
What I don't like
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1. The modem has only one port. This is hard to believe because every modem on the market has two ports. Why two? Because I need the other one for auto-dialing my phone. I had to buy a new modem. Fortunately, it's quite inexpensive these days. I paid just $15 for a name brand.
2. The default hard drive partitions are C and D. Sony is dumb enough to put just 10 GB on C drive. Why?????? So I have to reformat the whole thing. Fortunately, the computer allows you to set partition easily. I gave 80 GB to each drive.
3. Unlike my previous HP and my Dell laptop, this computer does not let you play any movie. I got an error from the preinstalled DVD playback program. So I used the Intervideo program provided by Dell, and it worked. If you don't have the program, you would need to buy one.
If I could wait, I would have bought a Dell. But I couldn't. :(
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By MemeBag on February 12, 2005
It seemed like a good deal at at first. 4 months in the motherboard fried. I took it to a Sony repair shop and at first they said the motherboards were back ordered for 6-8 weeks. I told them that was unreasonable and eventually they scrounged one up from someplace.

The big problems came when I tried to install a better video card. The 9200 isn't much good for games. I found out the power supply isn't beefy enough for any decent video card. Worse, it has a proprietary form factor so it can't be upgraded without replacing the case.

Before I upgraded I decided to backup the system. When I tried to run the VAIO Recovery Wizard it told me it wouldn't start because it wasn't running on a VAIO computer. Sony tech support kept telling me to try different things, but none of them helped. Their support folks have no knowledge about their products. They seem to be searching the knowledge base for words mentioned in a call or e-mail and send you to a web page.

After 4 days of that they eventually told me it was impossible to create a recovery disk for my PC and I'd have to buy one for $30. I told them that was unreasonable and they said tough. The software isn't warranteed past 30 days.

So now I have a Sony motherboard with the original hard drive and DVD drives mounted in a standard ATX case with a standard ATX power supply and a GeForce 6600GT AGP video card. If Windows craps out I'll have to buy a recovery disk or another copy of Windows. I would have been better off building my own PC from the start.

I will never buy a PC from Sony again.
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By Waterspider on September 16, 2008
I have owned this computer for about 4 years now and it has operated flawlessly. I have had some issues with Sony products (not computers)in the past but I believe this was a well built product. I have had no component failures just an OS failure. However, the rebuild from the image contained on the D drive was a breeze. Anyone who stores data on a computer should know to back everything up; twice if it's important. Because I have issues with the installed OS, somewhat stable but extremely snail pace, I use UBUNTU Linux for most of my computing needs. It is at least 4 times faster than the installed OS and easy to use. I had to change the partitioning from Sony's small C partition to around 50 gigs, then 60 gigs for the D drive and the remaining partition for Linux. All these changes went without a hitch. I also vacuum the case outside and inside to remove the dust. Keeps your system alive much longer.

Pros: Durable
Good basic package except as noted in the cons.
Quiet
Dependable

Cons: Low 512 meg memory
Small C partition
Of course these cons are easily fixed and at relatively low expense.
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