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Dell Computer, This A Good Deal?

Sat May 25, 2002 2:52 am

Ok heres the lowdown...

I found a new computer, at http://www.dell.fr

Dimension 4400
-Pentium 4 2.2GHz
-Intel 400mHz chipset
-512K memory cache "full speed"
-128Mb DDR RAM
-80G Hard Drive
-17inch monitor
-Nvidia GeForce2 MX AGP 64mb
-CDROM/Burner 40x/10x/40x
-Sound Blaster Live
-Stereo Speakers
-3com ethernet network card
-Microsoft Windows XP
-Microsoft Works 6.0
-1 year guarantee

for 1442,38 Euros including tax... the RAM isn't a problem because I have lots extra already, I could put an extra 120 in there...

AND there's financing (like 200 euros per month)

What do you guys think???!
I'm already dreaming of the possibilities, especially with FS2002 and other games...!  Big thumbs up Big grin Big grin Big grin Big grin Big grin

-Clovis

(after years of using this crappy little AMD K6 with a 15inch monitor...)
 
KROC
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RE: Dell Computer, This A Good Deal?

Sat May 25, 2002 2:54 am

Frenchie, how about a little USD conversion figures on the cost of this machine? Either way, Dell's have pretty decently priced systems no matter what.
 
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RE: Dell Computer, This A Good Deal?

Sat May 25, 2002 2:57 am

Dells are good systems, and they provide pretty comprehensive technical support, once you get through the long wait times on their phone lines. If you buy it, though, it would be helpful to buy the extended technical service package if they offer one with your system. That's helped me a lot with my Dell.
 
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RE: Dell Computer, This A Good Deal?

Sat May 25, 2002 3:00 am

STFU KROC!!! Its the same sh*t plus or minus 5%! Big grin

Hold on, I'll try to find that conversion site... Big grin
-Clov

P.S. Aren't you at work!?!
 
KROC
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RE: Dell Computer, This A Good Deal?

Sat May 25, 2002 3:03 am

Frenchie, KROC is indeed at work. I'm currently scheming on a plan to get the hell outta here early too. Also, The couple of times i had to call Dell looking for help with my system, I have waiting no longer than 10 minutes on the phone. Not bad at all as far as I am concerned.
 
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RE: Dell Computer, This A Good Deal?

Sat May 25, 2002 3:11 am

You must not get too much work done huh...

http://www.xe.com/ucc/convert.cgi
Go there to see that price in euros converted to dallah dallah bills y'all! Big grin

-Clov
 
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RE: Dell Computer, This A Good Deal?

Sat May 25, 2002 4:09 am

DELL or any other brand is the same price as a non-branded computer plus xx %.
Then you should by your computer not branded or piece by piece to get the best possible for the lower price.
For example, a silent cabinet.
For example, an easily overclockable MOBO.

Don't forget that computer makers usually have their own BIOS, and doesn't allow you to do what you want (I don't know about DELL).

I recommend not to buy a Brand (as you already understood).

Seb
 
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RE: Sebolino

Sat May 25, 2002 7:31 am

I have been buying Dell computers for the last 8 years now, and I would have to say that almost all the time they are the same price or even cheaper than equal non-branded computers. But even if you have to pay a little more $$$ I would. The reason being Dell puts very high quality products (cd drives, harddrives video cards etc...) into their computers and they are all tested and configured to work as best as possible. A friend of mine bought a "non-branded" computer with the same specs as mine, but couldn't run half the software/games I could. They would run either too slow or just lock-up. Nuts

But to answer "Leftseat86's" question, I don't really now about the price (as I live in Canada) but I would have to say GO FOR IT!! You won't be disappointed.

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RE: Dell Computer, This A Good Deal?

Sat May 25, 2002 7:52 am

I love DELL, my laptop is a dell and I would not buy from anyone else. great computer

Jeremy
 
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RE: Dell Computer, This A Good Deal?

Sat May 25, 2002 7:59 am

Sebolino. When you buy a Dell system, at least you will know that you will have service and support. Many of the "build your own non-brand" systems cannot match the tech support offered by Dell.
 
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RE: Dell Computer, This A Good Deal?

Sat May 25, 2002 9:54 am

I have a gateway, and I need a new computer soon. I'm lookin in to a dell, but I'm really getting turned of by the commercial where that loser keeps goin "DUUUUUUDE...YOUR GEEETTTIN A DEEELLL" Big grin

-FSP
 
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RE: Dell Computer, This A Good Deal?

Sat May 25, 2002 11:08 am

If you're going to play games, most new games suggest either 256 or 512mb's. While DDR RAM is far better than SDRAM or RDRAM, the more the better. Also, get an nVidia GeForce4 128mb video card. I've got one and every game I have has improved 500%.
"There is no victory at bargain basement prices."
 
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RE: Dell Computer, This A Good Deal?

Sat May 25, 2002 11:21 am

Dells are great! My dad has a laptop that is about 3 years old. Not a bit of trouble. He did have a small plastic piece brake off and Dell sent somebody all the way (I live at least 30min from the nearest city) out to fix it. Free of charge. Get the extended warranty! I'm using a Compaq that's about a year old and it has been a headache.
Anyhow, that's my opinion.
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RE: Dell Computer, This A Good Deal?

Sat May 25, 2002 1:48 pm

U absolutly need more ram. Seriously at lest 256 but I would go with 512. I have 512 of DDR and even I manage to get slugish performance with that...
yes, yes I know it is a bad thing to surf the net while having Microsoft office and 2 separate flight sim's on auto pilot on  Smile
 
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RE: Dell Computer, This A Good Deal?

Sat May 25, 2002 4:35 pm

ILOVEA340, thats hilarious!! Big grin Big grin

I have tons of DDR RAM laying around, this crappy machine already has the max, 240MB, so I could take out 120 of this one and end up with 248 in the new machine. Besides, if I ever need any more the thing can fit up to 1024MB of DDR so what the heck!

Oh, I absolutely do not see the need to have TWO seperate flight sims on autopilot+Microsoft Office+being on the net...where's the fun in that???
 Nuts

-Clovis
 
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RE: Dell Computer, This A Good Deal?

Sat May 25, 2002 4:43 pm

You can do a lot worse then getting a Dell.....

If that is the system that you want then just compare.

I use one at work and it does Ok. I have an HP at home but the only reason I bought that was because it was at a wholesale warehouse and pretty decently priced.

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RE: Dell Computer, This A Good Deal?

Sat May 25, 2002 4:44 pm

Almost at 5000 wow! Big grin Big grin

I think once you have 5000 solid posts, you should automatically become a First Class member...

-Clovis Big grin
 
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RE: Dell Computer, This A Good Deal?

Mon May 27, 2002 4:08 am

-Pentium 4 2.2GHz

Get AMD. More power for less money.

-Intel 400mHz chipset

400mHz or MHz?  Big grin

-128Mb DDR RAM

128MB is way too little. Nowadays, 512MB would be the minimum. I suggest getting at least 512MB of RAM.

-80G Hard Drive

Additional Hard Drives are easy to install, but if you require lots of space, I recommend getting a 120GB HD. I myself am soon buying two IBM Deskstar 120GXP 120GB HD's  Smile

-Nvidia GeForce2 MX AGP 64mb

GeForce2 is old. Though not very supported yet, you should look into the future (=the next 6 months) and get a GeForce4 with at least 64MB of memory.

-Sound Blaster Live

Know anything else about the sound card?

-Stereo Speakers

Forget these and get real speakers. Sound quality means a lot.

-Microsoft Works 6.0

Rather get Microsoft Office XP if you can.

Joona
1740 days idle. Beat that.
 
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RE: Dell Computer, This A Good Deal?

Mon May 27, 2002 4:14 am

Sounds good - the only comment I'd have is that Win 2000 Pro would probably be better than XP as an OS.
 
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RE: Dell Computer, This A Good Deal?

Mon May 27, 2002 4:32 am

Leftseat,

If you buy it, ya gotta let us know cuz, DUDE, you'd be gettin a DELL!!!

 Smokin cool

TB
 
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RE: Dell Computer, This A Good Deal?

Mon May 27, 2002 9:06 am

I'd just like to add that getting a Geforce 4 shouldn't be no.1 on your priority list concerning graphic cards. First and foremost do NOT get an MX card, they suck the big one well and truly no matter how much RAM you stick on 'em - my GF2Ti is still way faster than the GF4MX cards.

If you wanna be covered for any longer period of time I recommend the GF4 Ti4600. Pretty expensive but darned fast.

That'd be all.

Nebel

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