I bought an I8600 about 5 weeks ago. The day I received it, I made sure everything worked, and I wiped it clean. I believe that all of their software that was preloaded was taking up about 4.5 GIGs. (I may be wrong.) After I installed what I needed from them, I think I was up to 1 GIG, if that much, and it was running a lot faster.
I would suggest to anyone to go ahead and format it. In the end, after a few months when your computer is running slow and out of space, it will make a difference.
Well, I just got an Dell 8600 with ATI 9600, 1.6mhz, 512MB, /g mini-pci card, bluetooth, 80gig, uxga
These are the things I did first to make sure performance was good:
1. Use Dell Quick Step to set Max performance even when on battery. By default my CPU on battery power was set to like .5mhz
2. Un-install all the Norton and AOL sofware. When I had Norton installed, it significantly slowed down the install time of games or any large software. I think the Norton software checked each file while installing. So, after I un-installed the Norton software, everything was great
3. For performance in 3d games, go to your control panel and click the advanced tab of your display adapter properties, and you will find ATI "PowerPlay" settings, that control how much power your 3d card will use while on battery. Set all the max, obiviously. I have ATI 9600 card, so it might be different for the Nvidia card option.
After doing the following, running 3dmark03 at 1024x768, I got a score of 2732, which seems to be the expected mark.
So, I didn't have to reinstall the OS, just un-install the norton software and tweak the performance settings.
Message Edited by SwampNut on 03-04-2004 10:20 PM