Dell xps 430 or Dell Studio 540, which one is better

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Hi,

Thinking of buying a dell desktop and need to some advice on choosing one of the following two models:

Dell XPS 430 or Dell Studio 540.

Dell XPS 430, price (with a 5% discount voucher):£638.73

main spec:

Intel® Core™ 2 Quad-Core Q8300 Processor (2.5GHz, 4MB cache, 1333MHz FSB)
Vista® Home Premium SP1 32 bit
4096MB 1067 MHz Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM [4x1024]
21.5in S2209W Full HD Widescreen Black UK/Irish (1920 x 1080)
512MB ATI® Radeon™ 4850 Graphics card
1TB Dual Hard Drive Non RAID (2x500GB - 7200rpm)
19-in-1 Media Card Reader
Logitech G5 Laser Gaming Mouse - Full Speed USB, adjustable sensitivity, onboard weight tuning
16X DVD+/-RW (Read/Write DVD, CD)
Integrated HDA 7.1 Dolby Digital Audio
External Dell AX210 Black USB Speakers
1Yr Premium Warranty Support (return to base)



Dell Studio 540mt, price (with a 5% discount voucher):£667.22
main spec:

Intel® Core™ 2 Quad-Core Q8300 Processor (2.5GHz, 4MB cache, 1333MHz FSB)
Vista® Home Premium SP1 32 bit
4096MB 800MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [4x1024]
21.5in S2209W Full HD Widescreen Black UK/Irish (1920 x 1080)
nVidia GeForce GT220 1024MB graphics card
1TB (7200rpm) SATA Hard Drive
19-in-1 Media Card Reader
Logitech G5 Laser Gaming Mouse - Full Speed USB, adjustable sensitivity, onboard weight tuning
16X DVD+/-RW (Read/Write DVD, CD)
Integrated HDA 7.1 Dolby Digital Audio
External Dell AX210 Black USB Speakers
1Yr Premium Warranty Support (return to base)

The main differences between the two specs are:
memory: xps 430 uses ddr3 and 540 uses ddr2.
video card: xps 430 uses 512MB ATI® Radeon™ 4850 (512 mb memory) but 540 uses GeForce GT220 with 1024 mb memory.

Can some kind soul give me some adivce on which model is better to buy? I use the machine for software development, non heavy gaming and some video editing.


 
The GeForce GT220 is roughly comparable with the Geforce 9500GT entry level video cards.
The HD 4850 is mid-range gaming card and much superior for gaming. On the order of 2x~3x better.

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