"No, you don't need a letter. No problema." Mm......anything can be a problema. You never know, it could get confiscated at customs.
I have a high-powered Dell Dimension XPS Gen5, Pentium D 830 processor on order because Dell has been running a 34% off sale on it. But it will be a couple of weeks before it is shipped. We hope we don't have to stay here more than another couple of weeks. By the way, Dell has a box that you check when you order that says you will not export the item....not just a PC but even a monitor. It says that you have to get permission from the US government if you are going to export. I think that is strange especially when they are selling the same technology in Mexico. At first I thought it might have to do with the computer technology being exported but then I saw the same check box about a monitor.
Today a photographer friend called about a HP Pavilion desktop that is at the other end of the spectrum and is on sale at MicroCenter. A AMD Athlon 64 processor 3500+. at 1/4 the price. Even if I add 2G of RAM, video card (not sure about "integrated" video and photoshop and it has a PCI-e slot available) and another HD to put programs on while I keep the large HD for storage, I'll still be at considerably less than 1/2 the cost of the Dell screamer. Will the HP do the job? That is the question. My friend has been running a HP laptop with a AMD Athlon 64 processor with Photoshop CS and he has been pleased with the performance.
One decision made....I'll stay with the PC but now price, quality, features comparisons could drive me bonkers. Researching the differences between Pentium IV, Extreme Edition, D, vs AMD Athion 64, AMD Athion 64x2, vs dual core, dual processors, hyperthreading, etc., could go on until Ned loads the car to head back to Mexico.
I know I want.......
- Performance from the processor
- at least 2 G RAM
- 2 HD's...one large one for storage and scratch disk and 1 for programs
- 128 M video card that will support the Nec 1980SXi LCD monitor
- I'd prefer XP Pro over XP media center
- Write to CD and DVD
- Ethernet network adapter
- USB ports...lots of them and some on the front
- 2 Firewire ports
Always another decision. Stay turned for the next PC decision.