I'm buying a new computer. It's not my first choice, but Dell has been
selected due to a "gift card" I'd rather not waste. But Dell is hugely
overpriced. I'd like to know if the Dimension 8300 conforms to most
standards...or is it proprietary in some important way?
My past experience with proprietary subsystems, and the one I'm most
concerned with now, is memory. Can I use just any memory of the proper
speed in this system, or am I somehow limited to Dell memory (like my
Compaq could only use Compaq memory due to a PROM read during POST)?
How about the motherboard shape/size/mountings, power supply, etc? Just
trying to avoid getting stuck with something that can never be modified
or upgraded without Dell's help.
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