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Posted: 2/26/2007 9:18:39 AM EST
Looking to replace a 5 year old Dell 1.8 GHz/1GB Ram PC. Is been OK, but I've never used Dell support and it seems that there is a premium associated with their PCs. My company offers a Employee purchase program through Dell (its seems to be the same program that Dell offers all companies). The discount is rather weak, but I can also spread out my payments over 12 months as a payroll deduction (which is nice cash flow wise)

So, I see 3 options:

1) Go with the Dell Employee Purchase Program. Some discount, Decent hardware and choices, but not anything you want. Good financing option. Spec's at end of post for general example of what I am looking for.

2) Look for another major brand and specials/deals. Any suggestions?

3) Build one. The only downside I see if financing, cash out of pocket. Any good places to review the basic process just to make sure I haven't foggotten any of the steps to building one successfully today?

Here's the spec's for what I configured on the Dell site:

XPS 410:
Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor E6600 (4MB L2 Cache,2.4GHz,1066 FSB) SVBE66H [222-7273] 1


Operating System:
Genuine Windows Vista™ Home Premium VHP3E [313-4911][420-5769][420-5924][420-6436][420-6481][420-6541][463-2282] 11


Memory:
2GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz - 2 DIMMs 2GB62 [311-5121] 3


Hard Drive:
250GB Serial ATA 3Gb/s Hard Drive (7200RPM) w/DataBurst Cache™ 250S [341-3257] 8


CD or DVD Drive:
Single Drive: 16X CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) w/double layer write capability 16DVDRW [313-4422][420-6464] 16


Monitor:
19 inch Ultrasharp™ 1907FP Digital Flat Panel 1907FP [320-4639] 5


Video Cards:
256MB ATI Radeon X1300 Pro X13PRO [320-4945] 6


Sound Cards:
Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio IS [313-2758] 17


Adobe Software:
Adobe® Acrobat® Reader 7.0 AAREAD [412-0914] 15


Labels:
Windows Vista™ Premium VPD [310-8626] 750


Hardware Warranty:
3Yr Ltd Warranty and At-Home Service SQ3OS [412-0359][950-3339][960-3642][960-8700][970-5382][980-7940][985-3658][985-3669] 29


Internet Access Service:
6 Months of America Online Membership Included AOLEPP [412-0933][412-0934][412-0935] 37


Speakers:
Dell AS501 10W Flat Panel Attached Spkrs for UltraSharp™ Flat Panels AS501 [313-4062] 18


Keyboard:
Dell USB Keyboard EK [310-7963] 4


Mouse:
Dell Optical USB Mouse OM [310-7966] 12


Floppy Drive and Media Reader:
13 in 1 Media Card Reader MCR13 [341-3867] 10


Modem:
No Modem N [313-3607] 14


Optional Ports:
IEEE 1394 Adapter 1394 [310-8165] 85


Office Productivity Software (Pre-Installed):
No productivity suite- Includes Microsoft Works 8. DOES NOT INCLUDE MS WORD DWRK [412-0912] 22


Security Software:
PC-cillin Internet Security with AntiVirus and Spyware removal 15-months TM15M [420-6487] 25


Dell Digital Entertainment:
No preinstalled software NODE [464-9572] 399


Link Posted: 2/26/2007 9:20:22 AM EST
[Last Edit: 2/26/2007 9:28:16 AM EST by gaspain]
build it yourself @ newegg.com & tigerdirect.com

oh, and dont spend money you dont have..etc etc
Link Posted: 2/26/2007 9:46:52 AM EST
i roll my own


if you don't know how find a local computer repair shop they can build one for ya. thats what i do everyday
Link Posted: 2/26/2007 10:13:51 AM EST

Originally Posted By gaspain:
build it yourself @ newegg.com & tigerdirect.com

oh, and dont spend money you dont have..etc etc


What kind of savings do you imagine I would realize if I built my own, everything else being pretty equal?
Link Posted: 2/26/2007 11:24:09 AM EST

Originally Posted By gaspain:
build it yourself @ newegg.com & tigerdirect.com


I got six months 0% interest through Newegg last time I built a pc. Newegg is definately the way to go. Physically putting a pc together is simple. There are instructionals and other info out there on the net. It's getting all your software/firmware to work together that can sometimes be a challenge. If you haven't gone this route yet, but spend alot of time on a pc, you should learn the hardware side of things.
Link Posted: 2/26/2007 11:27:15 AM EST
[Last Edit: 2/26/2007 11:28:39 AM EST by gaspain]

Originally Posted By NukeThemTillTheyGlow:

Originally Posted By gaspain:
build it yourself @ newegg.com & tigerdirect.com

oh, and dont spend money you dont have..etc etc


What kind of savings do you imagine I would realize if I built my own, everything else being pretty equal?


if you build a budget PC, you wont save any money. If you build a Gamer/performance rig you save anywhere from $100 - $2000, depending on what you build.

Eta: dont buy a DX9 graphics card, they are obsolete. Get a DX10 card.
Link Posted: 2/26/2007 11:35:33 AM EST
[Last Edit: 2/26/2007 12:13:03 PM EST by NukeThemTillTheyGlow]
I appreciate the advice, keep it coming. I'm pretty comfortable around most PC hardward/software and networking, but I'm curious about what some helpful sites would be for a DIY approach.

ETA: I'm looking for the ARFCOM of DIY PC building.
Link Posted: 2/26/2007 11:51:37 AM EST

Originally Posted By ss2nv:

Originally Posted By gaspain:
build it yourself @ newegg.com & tigerdirect.com


I got six months 0% interest through Newegg last time I built a pc. Newegg is definately the way to go. Physically putting a pc together is simple. There are instructionals and other info out there on the net. It's getting all your software/firmware to work together that can sometimes be a challenge. If you haven't gone this route yet, but spend alot of time on a pc, you should learn the hardware side of things.


Yea, they have a program Bill Me Later and you have the options of paying in 3 months or 6 months. If you dont know what your money situation is then dont do it this way. Dell gives pretty good service along with Acer etc. If you go with a "Gaming PC" you will save money in the long run. Gaming PC's can do anything, plus you can upgrade and stay with the times, where a regular Dell or HP you are limited. Just what I have noticed.
Link Posted: 2/26/2007 1:11:02 PM EST

Originally Posted By NukeThemTillTheyGlow:

Originally Posted By gaspain:
build it yourself @ newegg.com & tigerdirect.com

oh, and dont spend money you dont have..etc etc


What kind of savings do you imagine I would realize if I built my own, everything else being pretty equal?


Not much, may actually be more expensive to build your own if you are not building a high end system… which you are not.
Link Posted: 2/26/2007 2:48:14 PM EST
Don't forget to install Linux on it h
and +1 for newegg

also buying a motherboard with built-in sound and LAN can save some money unless of course you want a really fancy sound card, but to me even the built-ins are pretty good these days.
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