Many years in the making and thousands of rumors later, Dell is now officially launching desktops based on AMD processors. The Dimension C521 and Dimension E521 will be equipped with a variety of AMD CPUs, including the Athlon64, Athlon64 X2 and the Sempron. Today is the official day of sales beginning, marking a huge milestone, not only for AMD, but for the market in general which has seen many vendors reluctant in years past to carry AMD desktops.

Each of the desktops are going to be equipped with Windows XP Media Center Edition, which may say a bit about what market Dell intends for them. Dell won't have a region lock on them, so anywhere they offer machines should be eligible for them. Dell's website shows the C521 at $359 to $919, with configurations up to 4GB of DDR-2 533 and A64 X2 3800+, which is fairly reasonable.