Re: Dell offer, good deal?
X2 3600, 17" LCD, 1 gig dual channel 533 MHz, 250 gig SATA HD, onboard 6150 graphics, DVD-RW, 3 year on-site service, no speakers.
Drop the service to Collect & Return (saves £84). A better deal, but not super.
If your cousin is just looking for a rig to use for the internet and office stuff, it will work. the monitor is a bit small, and the options it gives for them suck. For the extra dough, he could up the CPU and RAM, and then add in a graphics card (probably have to replace the PSU, as it will be 300W or so).
Best bet is to build one. You'll come out paying a little more, but it will be well worth it. Dell cripples stuff on their builds to save money, and, to me, the extra few bucks are worth it.
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