Dell's are great computers for the "typical end user". What I mean is most people would be happy with one. I personally would not match a P4 2.4Ghz procesor with a GF4 MX video card but...for most people that would offer enough performance. I also think that PC 2100 ram strangles the memory bus to that CPU. Then again if you just want to use this machine and aren't too concerned about future upgrades buy it. Most come with a recovery CD wich makes it easy to fix catastrophic errors (unless you've modified the setup then it can get tricky).
the price is 620 + tax, so the closest you would round up to 600.
I just sold custom built Pentium Celeron 900Mhz, 128MB RAM, 10GB Hard Drive, 52x CD-Rom, slimbook pc for $320, (everything else integrated) so the Dell pc is half the price plus I get LCD monitor, so I don't think you really get the point.
If you think it's not a great deal then you are a definitely a hardware newbie, It's sad that some people get advices from you... well, here is some beginners info for you. Open up pricewatch.com and put a system together for that money and then come here and post the specs with the lower/same price... I know I am not going to see your post again because it will be impossible to do... hope you will learn something from that...
Here are the lowest prices as of today:
2.4Ghz Intel 533FSB - $194 (Retail)
256MB DDR2700 - $65
40GB 7200 RPM Hard Drive - $65
Geforce 4 MX - $55
15 inch LCD Monitor - $320
Looks like I don't even have to even finish, because it's already over $675 mark... Besides, these were the lowest prices I have found and they were all in different stores, so you will need to add shipping to each component. When I tried newegg.com the price was even higher… Of course it's not top of the line system, but it's a great machine for regular homeuser. So, by getting this system, I saved about $300. Great Christmas present
who makes the motherboard and what chipset is it?
how big is the powersupply? can any mobo go in this case? the point is...will you be able to actually upgrade this system? and yeah you are getting a 2.4 gig proc but will you get the performence that that proc can really provide. and since you already showed that buying these parts gets expensive (mainly the montior), doesn't that make you wonder about the quality of the parts that dell likes to not tell you anything about? I just plain don't trust Dell not to do something that is in their own interest; in business someone always gets screwed and odds are Dell isn't getting screwed.
It's always darkest just before it goes pitch black.
it doesn't matter if I can upgrade it or not, this computer will be used primarily for e-mail, word processing, browsing internet and nothing more and the current specs are more then enough. I do not know the details yet, because the system is still in the mail. It is scheduled to arrive next Wednesday, for some reason they shipped via USPS, but I don't care as long as it's free.
as far as quality I am not really concerned about that, it comes with the warranty and I never heard anyone complain about Dell parts. btw I had Sony laptop (brand new) a year ago and that thing was falling appart, first fan, then hard drive, then dvd-rom... then I just gave up and after fixing it I sold it right a way...
... because there is nothing else to argue about... the system is cheap and end of story, if you don't count the monitor the whole computer costs $350, and I just sold Pentium Celeron 900/128MB/8GB HD for $320
320 for a celeron based system. ouch! someone got ripped off. and they thought they were getting a totally sweet deal I'm sure. but i wouldn't subtract 300 dollars off that price for the lcd monitor b/c it's prob not worth that much but I obviously can't back that up.
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I think your total price is actually $800 after shipping. Your link picture is shrunk so I cant see the details of your system. Anyhow it would probably cost about the same amount of money to build your own at $800 price tag with that monitor. Local pc show would reduce the price too. If your not into building your own systems for the benefits that offers the purchase fine. I guarantee that monitor has a crappy viewing angle for that price and a crappy refresh rate. I cant wait because next year you will probably be able to purcase a 17" LCD with tv and 170/170 viewing angle for $300. Hopefully by then you will be able to purchase a 17" LCD for under $500 by then that is widescreen HDTV with PIP / TV and 170/170 viewing angle. WOOT
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