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Old 01-22-2005, 06:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys,

I know dells aren't the greatest and all, but I think I found a decent deal on the site. Its a Dimensions XPS and its I figure it must be a Gen 3. The new Gen 4 is out right now as well.

Ok so basically the deal is $1240 on the dell site for a blue XPS with:

- Pentium® 4 Processor 550 with HT Technology (3.40GHz, 800 FSB)

- 1GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 533MHz (2x512M)

- 128MB PCI Express™ x16 (DVI/VGA/TV-out) ATI Radeon™ X300 SE ... i plan to switch it out with something better

- 250GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM)

- Dual Drives: 16x DVD-ROM Drive + 16x DVD+/-RW w/dbl layer write capability

- Sound Blaster Audigy™2 ZS (D) Card w/Dolby 5.1, and IEEE 1394

Is this a good deal for $1240? Or do you think I can do better? I really like how convenient the XPS case is and it would also save me the cost of shipping 15+ components and the time of building my own comp.

the other thing is...i found another deal on the dell site...19inch Ultra Sharp LCD $650..I get it for $377. Their regular 19inch LCD is I'd be getting an even better LCD for less.

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Old 01-22-2005, 06:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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dell is evil and crappy so all in all its evil crap.

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Old 01-22-2005, 07:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
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comments like that don't really help me out. But I'll keep that in mind.

Not to offend anyone here, but I just have a straight forward question that does NOT have to do with your personal emotions, feelings or bias against Dell. SO if you wish to help me out than thanks a bunch if not don't bother posting.
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Old 01-22-2005, 07:11 PM   #4 (permalink)
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You can get so much better for alot less if you build it yourself.
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Old 01-22-2005, 09:50 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thats soo expensive, dont get a hell
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Old 01-22-2005, 10:01 PM   #6 (permalink)
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expensive although theyre lcds are nice (pretty sure theyre sonys relabled)
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Old 01-22-2005, 11:36 PM   #7 (permalink)
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If you are going to switch out the graphics card then you might as well make your own setup. Seems to be the trend around here.
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Old 01-23-2005, 04:00 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Thats exactly what I was thinking. Why would u buy that system if you know ur gonna switch out cards anyways. Putting together a PC is almost as easy as legos. All u need is a screwdriver, a static strap, and not much time. Prebuilt PCs aren't a good deal because they are taxing you for putting it together. That may be ideal for someone who doesn't know how to do it but I'd rather just pay a couple hundred less or put that towards better hardware. Wouldn't u rather have the same PC with that nice graphics card, more ram, bigger power supply for the same price?
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Old 01-23-2005, 05:44 AM   #9 (permalink)
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personally i wouldnt ever buy a pre-built computer again (made that mistake years ago... never since then!) I agree with what the others are saying, if you have the time and are confident enough you should build it yourself as you will get a lot more for your money.

otherwise the specs arent too bad... apart from that gfx card... so if you are happy to buy a prebuilt and spend that kind of money then fair enough... but I personally do think you can get more for your money by building it yourself!
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Old 01-23-2005, 06:00 AM   #10 (permalink)
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The thing i dont like about Dulls is there propriatory .There memory is cheap , no overclocking capabilities .Your better off building your own. Places like Monarch or Alienware and others allow you to pick the components you want and assemble it for you .Try configuring a couple of like systems and do a price 2 quality comparison.

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