Originally Posted by DavidinKS
Why would a pc maker (Dell in this case) even offer something that would hinder the performance of the system (if it is true)?
It basically comes down to cost. I mean it comes with integrated graphics options, and slower cpu's and hard disks. For the same base model, they offer different priced variants so people could use them for different things.
ie to watch dvd's integrated graphics are fine, to play games and high end 3D cad, 7800 is the way to go. The same goes for memory, hard disk speed, and cpu, It is actually quite a good idea to offer so many variants. In my case I needed the fastest thing possbile so I went for the 2.16G, 2G 667 ram and 100G 7200 hard disk, 7800GO, becuase I will be running 3D cad and computational fluid dynamics stuff on this thing all the time. If they just offered a mid performance system, I would have gone somewhere else.
What they offer actually makes good business sense.