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Posted: 9/13/2005 8:53:57 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/13/2005 8:55:30 AM EDT
Dells are good for the money but sometimes those low prices you see them advertise will have a bunch of charges tacked onto them and you will probably have to purchase a few upgrades and programs for it.
Link Posted: 9/13/2005 8:55:56 AM EDT
if your looking that cheap it's hard to build that cheap especially if they're throwing in a crt monitor or maybe even a lcd with it.

I would check out www.gotapex.com in the forums because they have a thread of % off coupon codes and sometimes like 50 dollar off a purchase of a certain amount or more.

300 your getting an integrated computer but if you just neet it for basic things it should suit you just fine :)
Link Posted: 9/13/2005 8:56:40 AM EDT
I've gotten alot of systems from Dell over the years, with no major problems, save one hardware issue that they fixed in 24 hours.

I have also not been able find comparable stuff for that much less, especially if you use coupon mountain and slick deals to get their discount numbers
Link Posted: 9/13/2005 8:56:50 AM EDT
just build one yourself. it will end up cheaper in the long run, plus you can make it any way you want.
Link Posted: 9/13/2005 9:00:30 AM EDT
Get something good. I bought this computer 3 years ago for $2,000 through dell's website. The payments were $63.00 per month.

Link Posted: 9/13/2005 9:00:51 AM EDT
You can't upgrade a Dell fer shit. Made in Red China and serviced by India.
Link Posted: 9/13/2005 9:01:53 AM EDT

Originally Posted By uncle_frank:
You can't upgrade a Dell fer shit. Made in Red China and serviced by India.

oh I have had to talk to some of those idiots from Inida for peoples machines.

Do yourself a favor and buy from the small business section! tech support is still in america I belive.
Link Posted: 9/13/2005 9:10:17 AM EDT
Do yourself a favor and get something good. I bought a Dell about a year ago and at the time didn't really know much about computer components. I found out basically the only way to upgrade a lot of the stuff in it is to get a new motherboard/case/ etc.
Link Posted: 9/13/2005 10:01:33 AM EDT
I've bought some PowerSpec's for work/home from the returned items pile at MicroCenter, they've all been working for the past two years.
Link Posted: 9/14/2005 7:03:06 AM EDT
Try "Anus" computers ....... I think they only ship internationally


Link Posted: 9/14/2005 7:08:46 AM EDT

Do you have a Fry's Electronics near you?

Link Posted: 9/14/2005 7:17:22 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/14/2005 7:20:18 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/14/2005 7:20:44 AM EDT by thedave1164]

Originally Posted By The_Beer_Slayer:
you get what you pay for. low end machines are crap parts with typically short shelf lives. don't expect more than 2 years service at best. BUY THE EXTENDED WARRANTY you will need it should you decide to keep it past it's warranty period. Also keep in mind future upgrade possibilities will be limited.

i have serviced them all and dell/gateway/emachines etc.. low end machines are about on equal footing as the packard bells of old. you may get a good one, but don't expect it.

if all you want is basic internet and home use they will do fine. if you want any gaming or business use.... spend more money

Link Posted: 9/14/2005 7:23:04 AM EDT
I'll stick with Dell. Dell is huge, anybody cheaper is suspect in my book, I mean how much cheaper can you get with out it being crap?

Link Posted: 9/14/2005 7:31:07 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/14/2005 7:38:37 AM EDT
I've got a mid-level Dell, haven't had a single problem in almost 2 years.
Link Posted: 9/14/2005 7:42:04 AM EDT
I hear ANUS laptops has a heck of a deal.

What I usually do is go to the three big guys, dell/gateway/and HP when I need to buy a simple computer, and go through the whole process for the cheapest extact same machine at each company, right up to the point where you buy it. So you have shipping, taxes, and everything calculated in the price, as well as an estimated delivery date if time is of a concern.

Then just buy the cheapest, they will usually be within $20-50 of each other.

If you want a gaming or performance rig, what I recommend is go to review sites and pick out everything you want from motherboards, processors, memory, hard drives, video card(s), etc. Once you have your list drawn up, go to the many tech forums on the web and search for the items you have picked out and make sure there are no known problems or incompatabilities.

Then head to pricewatch.com and buy the stuff at the cheapest places. Checking for known problems ahead of time will save you a lot of headaches when trying to be on the bleeding edge of technology.
Link Posted: 9/14/2005 7:55:02 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/14/2005 8:03:50 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/14/2005 8:08:42 AM EDT
Yeah, I doubled the memory on my order to 512 instead of the 256 it came with.
Link Posted: 9/14/2005 10:34:17 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/14/2005 11:06:52 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/14/2005 3:08:25 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/14/2005 3:28:06 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/14/2005 3:30:10 PM EDT by wganz]

Originally Posted By thedukeryan:
Thanks for the tips guys. I think Im just gonna go with the cheap Dell. The only thing I do is surf the net and play music. ANything has to be better than what I already have.

If that is what you want to do, why not think outside of the box and get a Mac Mini??


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