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Postby MadMind » Thu Mar 20, 2008 1:55 pm

So, is the concensus that one would be better off purchasing a refurb from Dell rather than say, an emachines model in a comparable price range?

And the Dell outlet that was located off the 12/18 on the west side is no more, yet it says there's one in Westtowne now. Anyone know?

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Postby fisticuffs » Thu Mar 20, 2008 1:58 pm

There's a stand in West Towne but Im pretty sure they would be ordering you something off the web. Look around online. Maybe craigslist too.

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Postby Beer Moon » Thu Mar 20, 2008 2:08 pm

The intention for the Dell Outlet suggestion would be to visit their website and do a search.

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Postby Shipley » Thu Mar 20, 2008 2:46 pm

No one has mentioned Milwaukee PC or Madison Computer Works or any local place. is there a reason why? Shouldn't they be able to build him a computer to spec?

I'm with a lot of people here Mad Mind. Don't go too cheap. You can build your own on the cheap fairly easy and spend very little, but anything with a warranty, support, and built for you is going to be probably be little more.

I wouldn't imagine spending less than a thousand on a computer myself. Spending more just means going a little while longer until you're obsolete. You spend $300 on a PC now, you'll be unsatisfed and want a new one again in 2 years. spending $800 to $1000 would future proof you just enough.

I spent a LOT on my mac, and now 5 years later I'm still pretty damn happy with it. Apple ended up being my biggest enemy by going to intel, rendering my PPC a shorter lifespan for off the shelf software, but your intel or AMD based windows machine won't have that problem.

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Postby TAsunder » Thu Mar 20, 2008 4:10 pm

Milwaukee PC is better than Madison Computer Works in terms of parts, but worse in terms of service. Neither are great options, IMO. I'm all for buying from local computer shops, but neither are worth the overhead in this case.

If I had to buy a new pc right now, I'd seriously consider a dell inspiron, because there's a $300 off $1000 and an additional 10% coupon available right now. You end up being able to get a quad core system with 1 gig of ram and a 24" flat panel monitor for about $650.

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Postby MadMind » Fri Mar 21, 2008 9:53 am

Shipley wrote:Spending more just means going a little while longer until you're obsolete. You spend $300 on a PC now, you'll be unsatisfed and want a new one again in 2 years. spending $800 to $1000 would future proof you just enough.

Ok, maybe I'll go $400.
The PC we bought back in 1998 was over a grand, and that didn't ensure any sort of longevity.
Besides, I may be a more resilient user than most if I've made due with the same PC for a decade now.

And bare in mind, I'm running a 300Mhz, 256RAM, Win98SE PC with approx 40gigs - so even a budget computer is going to seem like a big improvement :)
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Postby fisticuffs » Fri Mar 21, 2008 9:55 am

Just bite the bullet and buy the Dell from the outlet already.

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Postby MadMind » Fri Mar 21, 2008 11:10 am

What do you think of a refurbed Dell Dimension E521?

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Postby fisticuffs » Fri Mar 21, 2008 11:12 am

Perfect. Then borrow a copy of XP from someone.

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Postby fisticuffs » Fri Mar 21, 2008 11:13 am

Are you thinking the version for $219? Then no. That has a crappy weak ass processor not enough RAM and a tiny hard drive by today's standards. You can easily to better for your money.

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Postby fisticuffs » Fri Mar 21, 2008 11:14 am

Second one down. Much much better.
http://outlet.us.dell.com/ARBOnlineSale ... 0530&s=dfh
500GB drive 2GB RAM. Intel Core 2 Duo.
Way way better for $369.
Buy it.

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Postby MadMind » Fri Mar 21, 2008 11:22 am

fisticuffs wrote:Are you thinking the version for $219? Then no. That has a crappy weak ass processor not enough RAM and a tiny hard drive by today's standards. You can easily to better for your money.

Wasn't looking at any particular refurb today. Saw one yesterday that looked good - smaller selection of them on there today. They must actually move product!

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Postby fisticuffs » Fri Mar 21, 2008 11:23 am

Seriously the one I just posted for $369 is your winner.

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Postby TAsunder » Fri Mar 21, 2008 11:23 am

Those refurbs look pretty good. But I still submit that the new inspiron deal might be the best deal out there. You can likely sell the 24" monitor for a couple hundred bucks or more.

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Postby dudemeister » Fri Mar 21, 2008 11:40 am

Get a laptop. It's more useful (though less expandable) than a desktop. You can cart it around your house, etc. Dell's got these Vostro 1000s at $399; they're pretty decent from what I can tell.

Vostro 1000

Something like that should last a normal user 3 years. If you manage not destroy it, you can likely sell it on Ebay at that time for $100 minimum. Net cost then is $300 which is $8.33/month - not bad if you ask me.

Probably can't play the latest and greatest games (maybe it can) but no $300 desktop is going to either probably.

And no, my name is not Michael Dell.


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