|Processor||3.2 GHz Pentium D|
|Hard Drive||300 GB|
Sony VAIO VGC-RC310G Digital Studio Desktop PC (Intel Pentium D Processor 940, 2 GB RAM, 300 GB Hard Drive, DVD+/-RW Drive) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Professional-grade multimedia desktop with Blu-ray Disc capability, integrated TV tuner, and Windows XP Media Center
- Dual-core 3.2 GHz Intel Pentium D 940 processor, 300 GB hard drive, 2 GB RAM (max capacity)
- Seven USB 2.0, two FireWire, one parallel, one VGA, one 9-in-1 memory card reader, two DVI outputs, S-Video/composite video inputs
- Nvidia GeForce 7600 GT video/graphics card with 256 MB GDDR3 SDRAM (shared); 10/100/1000 Ethernet
- Includes wireless keyboard/mouse, 5.1-channel surround sound speakers, remote control
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Sony VGC-RC310G VAIO(R) Digital Studio Desktop PC - With this desktop computer, Sony gives you the latest in computer technology that's geared towards digital entertainment and multimedia creation. Powered by an Intel Pentium D dual-core processor 940 (3.2GHz), and 2GB of DDR2 SDRAM, you have the power to tackle the latest in PC gaming, professional-grade photo manipulation, and high-definition video capture and editing. A built-in Blu-Ray drive puts this desktop on the bleeding edge providing you with the ability to enjoy true HD movie content, as well as recording up to 25GB of data per (optional) blank Blu-Ray disc. The drive also has the ability to write to, and read from, multiple DVD and CD media formats. 300GB 7200RPM SATA HDD (RAID Ready) Blu-Ray Drive - (write speeds) up to 2x BD-R DL, 2x BD-R/-RE, 8x DVD+R DL, 4x DVD-R DL, 5x DVD-RAM, 8x DVD+R/-R/+RW/-RW, 24x CD-R, & 16x CD-RW Blu-Ray Drive - (read speeds) up to 2x BD-ROM, 2x BD-RE, 2x BD-R DL, 2x BD-ROM DL, 5x DVD-RAM, 8x DVD-ROM, & 32x CD-ROM 2nd Drive - DVD-ROM Expansion Bays - 2x 5.25 (0 open) / 1x 3.5 Ext. (0 open) / 4x 3.5 Int. (3 open) Expansion Slots - 1 x16 PCI Express (0 open) / 1 x1 PCI Express (open) / 2 PCI (1 open) Multimedia Card Reader - supports Memory Stick/PRO/Duo, Compact Flash Type I/II, Smart Media, SD/MMC, & xD Picture Card NVIDIA GeForce 7600GT Graphics with 256MB of shared GDDR3 SDRAM (memory is taken from the main system's RAM) Giga Pocket MPEG2 Realtime Encoder board w/ TV Tuner Ports - 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet, 2 DVI Out (1 with HDCP), 7 USB 2.0 (3 front), 2 Firewire (6-pin rear/4-pin front), 1 Audio In, 1 S/PDIF Out, 1 Subwoofer/Center Out, 1 Analog Audio Out, 1 VGA Out, 2 S-Video In (1 front), 2 Composite In (1 front), 1 Headphone Jack, 1 Microphone In, 1 Parallel, & 2 PS/2 Unit Weight - 30.9 lbs Monitor is not included
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What this means is that you are placing you data (your life's work) in the hands of SONY's Recovery software that is hardware dependent.
Sony has a habit of not providing Operating Sytems disks. Which is stupid beyond belief. It saves them money, and allows them to force a bunch of useless garbage software down your throat if you are successful in using their Recovery Software.
But you may not be successful. Their "Recovery Center" is your only means of recovery when things turn sour. But, say for example you want a bigger hard drive. Install it and, even if you carefully clone your software from one drive to the other, the Recovery Center WILL NOT WORK. This is unlike installing any other software which is not hardware dependent.
What this means is you will have to purchase the operating system all over again. If you purchase an OEM copy, you will have to install on a bare "empty" drive, and lose all the other software SONY provided. Otherwise you will have to purchase the full version of windows. Factor that cost--an extra $300+ into your purchase decision.
Any other software that SONY provided that you might use like DVD burning software will have to be re-purchased. You can't pick and chose what you want to reinstall off the recovery disk. It is set up so that it is all or nothing, and if it's nothing, as it was in my case, you basically bought SONY hardware, and everything software will have to be replaced and paid for again.
My advice is to buy an iMac. It is the same amount of money and you get a reliable computer. And you won't find yourself furious at SONY when you realize the recovery software was a time-bomb waiting to blow up after your warantee has expired.
I'll never buy another SONY computer. I'm in the market for a laptop. I would not even consider SONY. I'll look at HP and Apple.