What is the best dell to buy right now......

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  1. Yodaman456

    Yodaman456 New Member

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    I want to buy a new dell, a really good one that is not ridiculously expensive but pretty good....the xps looks really expensive but is it worth it............also what about the dimesion 8400 is it good for like all around everything especially gaming like i want to get hl2 which it will run on but is that a good comp to go with the dimension 8400?
     
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    no dell is worth it... you can always find more machine for less $$$.
     
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    like what other comps would you suggest for a better price?
     
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    P07r0457 New Member

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    do you feel comfortable building one yourself? that will always be the cheapest. Otherwise I can put you in touch with some shops that do great work.

    what type of system were you looking for? (how will you use it) and what's your budget?

    better yet, give me a dell system you like and I'll give you some examples on how to beat it.
     
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    mrburner Ron Paul 2008

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    if you are looking for a desktop, the xps is a nice machine
    laptop you can get the inspiron 9100 for about $1400 fully loaded like i did (minus 4 year warranty, minus xp pro etc. etc....massive hardware, weak software)

    btw, if you can build i suggest that...my current desktop is something i built a year and a half ago and just put a new motherboard and anotehr stick of ram in today...new processor and case coming soon
     
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    i am looking for a good gaming and all around machine very fast and powerful overall. My budget would be most likely be between what i guess $1,500 and $2,000. If you suggest building my own then give me some suggestions and tell me where to figure out how to and stuff thanks guys.
     
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    A REALLY awesome powerful gaming system........i guess something cutting edge you know that i can play like all the newest fastest games on like hl2 and stuff thanks.....
     
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    i kinda like the dimension 8400 cause it is in my price range and seems to be really good i think but im still new to this so help me out here thanks.......
     
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    Okay, here's an example that I priced from dell:

    Intel Pentium 4 540 3.2GHz 800FSB LGA775
    Microsoft Windows XP Professional w/Service Pack 2
    2 Year warranty
    1GB Dual Channel DDR2 400MHz (2x512MB)
    160GB SATA-150 7200 RPM HDD
    Floppy Drive
    16x DVD-ROM
    16x DVD+RW Double-Layer
    128MB ATI Radeon X600
    Sound Blaster Live!
    Dell Wireless Keyboard & Mouse
    Gigabit Ethernet

    $1,523 + tax + shipping
    1 week wait time to ship

    My recommendation:

    $204 - AMD Athlon 64 3200+ (Retail) (3-year warranty)
    $115 - Asus K8V SE Deluxe motherboard (3-year warranty)
    $161 - Corsair Value-Select 1GB kit (2x512MB) (Lifetime Warranty)
    $007 - Samsung 1.44MB 3.5" Floppy (1-year warranty)
    $108 - Seagate 160GB SATA-150 7200RPM Hard Drive (5-year warranty)
    $270 - GeForce 6800 128MB (3-year warranty)
    $024 - Sony 16X DVD-ROM (3-year warranty)
    $078 - Pioneer 16X DVD+/-RW (3-year warranty)
    $029 - Sound Blaster Live! 5.1 (1-year warranty)
    $098 - Antec Sonata "silent" case w/380W Antec PSU (3-year warranty)
    $070 - Logitech Cordless MX Duo Keyboard/Mouse (3-year warranty)
    $145 - Microsoft Windows XP Professional w/Service Pack 2

    $1,309 + shipping

    Overall you get a much better system, with a better warranty, for less money. This also includes features that the dell doesn't, such as manufacturer's warranty (which you don't get with dell -- once dells warranty expires, you can't RMA your ram, for example) also you have firewire, a silent case, much better future upgradability, dual gigabit lan, etc, etc.
     
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    Thanks so much only is it safe for me to build my own computer cuz i dont know how to.....and what is a good 19" lcd monitor these days that is around $400 if not less...............cuz i want one............thanks...........
     
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    you prolly won't find a 19" lcd for under $400 -- let alone a good one. $550-600 is the going-rate for a good 19" LCD.

    If you have never built a computer you can always learn... do you feel comfortable with that? Otherwise you can have someone build it for you. Where do you live?
     
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    mrburner Ron Paul 2008

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    this is the best you'll do on lcd's...and these rank up there with the best (my 2001fp was a great purchase...but now i want another :hs: )

    http://www.slickdeals.net/#p5323
     
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    thanks very much......
     
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    I live in California,in Orange County, yeah if i can learn to build a comp for cheaper then i will do it but what about technical support?
     
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    Rock to face > dell
     
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    P07r0457 New Member

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    if you are in orange county then I know of an excellent shop in Santa Ana. If you are interested, pm me and I'll put you in contact with the owner and he will take very good care of you. They will build you a system for the cost of parts (no assembly fee) and they provide 1 year free technical support and warranty, in addition to your warranty with the component's manufacturers.

    The other option is you can deal with my shop. We are in torrance.
     
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    mrburner Ron Paul 2008

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    :ugh:

    dell > any other brand when taking everything into account (price, etc.)

    overall dell is better than most pc manufacturers and at an amazing price

    who do you think is better? compaq? hp? gateway? alienware? :greddy:
     
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    P07r0457 New Member

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    that doesn't say much... :slap:
    again, look what you're comparing dell too -- other craptastic manufacturers...

    I've yet to hear someone say "dell beats my custom pc on price and performance"... prolly because dell is :greddy:
     
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    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    Connections are awesome.
     
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    thanks what is pm? ya help me out here this sounds good, keep in contact with me here. Thanks sooo much.
     
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    P07r0457 New Member

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    pm is private message. most boards don't like advertising so I don't want to go around stating names and everything in the public threads.

    you can pm me by clicking my name on the left of any of my posts, and then selecting "send a private message to..." it's like posting a thread that only you and I can see.
     
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    thanks man those prices are really cheap.....
     
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    mrburner Ron Paul 2008

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    many people like to actually go with a brand name rather than building it themselves or getting it built by somebody local...as far as brand names go, dell makes a good computer...depending on the hardware you have in it, there is no reason why it won't run as fast or as well as your custom pc

    i build my own computers, but i know plenty of people that wouldn't want to deal with that...just how i do all of the work on my car but i know plenty of people that want the dealership to do it...for those people, dell makes a good computer

    can you do better price wise making it yourself? sure, but they have to make a profit somewhere so you pay a little extra for them putting it together, warranty, etc.

    as i said, i still will continue to build my own computers, but if i didn't...dell is what i would go with
     
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    thanks very much that's good to know...........
     
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    Slid. I'm a guy.

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    I agree with mrburner -- I build my own machines for home and work use but sometimes Dell has some deals that you just can't pass up. If you're not a do it yourselfer then go with Dell -- compared to other pre-built brands they offer the best in price and reliability.

    You may save yourself a few hundred dollars building the computer yourself but thats like you coming in here and saying "I blew the engine on my car, I don't know how to change my oil, what are my options?" and everyone saying that you should pull the engine and rebuild it yourself.

    Years ago you'd save several hundred dollars building a computer yourself but it's just not the case anymore, everything is cut-throat and for someone unfamiliar I vote Dell.
     

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