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Old Dec 4th 2005, 4:02 pm
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we bought a Compaq pressario 7600? back in 2000, it was our first computer,we had an unGodly ammount of problems with it,to cut a long story short!,we had to replace everything on it,including the monitor!,needless to say we will NOT ever buy another Compaq...all we have left of it now is the monitor(2nd)the keyboard and the speakers...we have been considering a new computer this Xmas,would we be better off buying a complete new package of just a new tower?
I was reading the other thread on here about the processor types and the one we have now is an AMD Athlon,just still got win.98 in it but we want something so we can download music and do basic internet,email and messenger type stuff,the CD burner burned out even though we only used the thing once!,our tech guy said that is pretty common....I thought it was just our curse!
Please don't be too technical....I just know how to email,send and receive pics and do the very basic things on here although I am beginning to understand a bit more!!!.....be gentle ....PLEASE!......Sophia
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www.dell.com spend how much you want too.
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Originally Posted by Ray
www.dell.com spend how much you want too.
Was just looking at the Dell web site but wasn't sure about it,thats why I put the thread on here,to see what you guys think....thanks Ray!
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Originally Posted by Ray
www.dell.com spend how much you want too.

ROFLMAO saw the thread title saw you had posted and just knew what you had written Ahhhh somethings in life are just so constant.


My advice to Sophia is buy as big as you can afford stay away form integrated processors/sound cards/graphics cards otherwise you cant repair them if they splat or upgrade them.

I have an HP ZD7010 laptop and apart from a lightning strike which I can't blame on them it's been spot on
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Originally Posted by Sophia_S
Was just looking at the Dell web site but wasn't sure about it,thats why I put the thread on here,to see what you guys think....thanks Ray!
Look at the Dimension E310
add CD/DVD burner if you want that
go for the better sound system
go for the better speakers if you like your music
go for the Microsoft Works Suite 2006
pick the monitor you like
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Old Dec 4th 2005, 5:22 pm
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just bought this one for the daughter for christmas

Dimension E310 - P4
Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor 521 w/HT Technology (2.8GHz,800FSB), Microsoft® Windows® XP Media Center 2005 Edition Qty: 1
Unit Price: $959.00
Dimension E310 Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor 521 w/HT Technology (2.8GHz,800FSB)
Memory 512MB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 400MHz -2 DIMMs

Keyboard and Mouse Bundles Dell USB Keyboard and Dell Optical USB Mouse

Monitor 17 inch Ultrasharp™ 1704FP Digital Flat Panel
Video Card Integrated Intel® GMA 900
IV
Hard Drive 80GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM)
80S
Floppy Drive and Media Reader No Floppy Drive Included
NFD
Operating System Microsoft® Windows® XP Media Center 2005 Edition
Mouse included with Keyboard purchase
Network Interface Integrated 10/100 Ethernet
Modem 56K PCI Data Fax Modem
Adobe Software Adobe® Acrobat® Reader 6.0
CD or DVD Drive Single Drive: 16X CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) w/double layer write capability
Sound Integrated 2.0 Channel High Definition Audio
Speakers Dell A425 30 Watt 2.1 Stereo Speakers with Subwoofer
Office Productivity Software (Pre-Installed) No Productivity Suite - Corel WordPerfect® word processor only
COREL
Anti-Virus/Security Suite (Pre-installed) No Security Subscription
Digitial Music Musicmatch by Yahoo!™ Music- Entry level with 90 days of On Demand
Digital Photography Corel Photo Album™ 6 Starter Edition - Organize and Edit your photos
Hardware Warranty 1Yr Ltd Warranty, 1Yr At-Home Service, and 1Yr HW Warranty Support
Dial-Up Internet Access 6 Months of America Online Membership Included
Miscellaneous Award Winning Service and Support
Operating System Backup & Recovery PC Restore recovery system by Symantec

Dell Home Customers: Save $250 off this Dell Dimension E310!
Expires on 2005-12-01 12:59:59 - $250.00

Dell 720 Color Printer
Free Dell Color Printer 720 Qty: 1
Unit Price: $0.00
Dell Color Printer 720 Free Dell Color Printer 720
XPR720
[464-2027]

Hardware Warranty 1Yr Ltd. Warranty, 1 yr HW Warranty Support, 1 yr Advance Exchange

Free 720 printer with purchase of select Dell Systems.
Expires on 2006-01-01 11:59:59 - $0.00

ADDITIONAL DISCOUNTS AND COUPONS

Dell Home Customers: Free Ground Shipping on Dell Dimensions greater than $549! $24 Handling Charge Applies
Expires on 2005-12-01 12:59:59 - $74.00

Sub-Total $709.00
Shipping Discount -$74.00

Shipping $ 25.00

Tax $60.56
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Originally Posted by Ray
www.dell.com spend how much you want too.
You're getting a kickback, right?
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Originally Posted by vegas
just bought this one for the daughter for christmas

Dimension E310 - P4
Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor 521 w/HT Technology (2.8GHz,800FSB), Microsoft® Windows® XP Media Center 2005 Edition Qty: 1
Unit Price: $959.00
Dimension E310 Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor 521 w/HT Technology (2.8GHz,800FSB)
Memory 512MB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 400MHz -2 DIMMs

Keyboard and Mouse Bundles Dell USB Keyboard and Dell Optical USB Mouse

Monitor 17 inch Ultrasharp™ 1704FP Digital Flat Panel
Video Card Integrated Intel® GMA 900
IV
Hard Drive 80GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM)
80S
Floppy Drive and Media Reader No Floppy Drive Included
NFD
Operating System Microsoft® Windows® XP Media Center 2005 Edition
Mouse included with Keyboard purchase
Network Interface Integrated 10/100 Ethernet
Modem 56K PCI Data Fax Modem
Adobe Software Adobe® Acrobat® Reader 6.0
CD or DVD Drive Single Drive: 16X CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) w/double layer write capability
Sound Integrated 2.0 Channel High Definition Audio
Speakers Dell A425 30 Watt 2.1 Stereo Speakers with Subwoofer
Office Productivity Software (Pre-Installed) No Productivity Suite - Corel WordPerfect® word processor only
COREL
Anti-Virus/Security Suite (Pre-installed) No Security Subscription
Digitial Music Musicmatch by Yahoo!™ Music- Entry level with 90 days of On Demand
Digital Photography Corel Photo Album™ 6 Starter Edition - Organize and Edit your photos
Hardware Warranty 1Yr Ltd Warranty, 1Yr At-Home Service, and 1Yr HW Warranty Support
Dial-Up Internet Access 6 Months of America Online Membership Included
Miscellaneous Award Winning Service and Support
Operating System Backup & Recovery PC Restore recovery system by Symantec

Dell Home Customers: Save $250 off this Dell Dimension E310!
Expires on 2005-12-01 12:59:59 - $250.00

Dell 720 Color Printer
Free Dell Color Printer 720 Qty: 1
Unit Price: $0.00
Dell Color Printer 720 Free Dell Color Printer 720
XPR720
[464-2027]

Hardware Warranty 1Yr Ltd. Warranty, 1 yr HW Warranty Support, 1 yr Advance Exchange

Free 720 printer with purchase of select Dell Systems.
Expires on 2006-01-01 11:59:59 - $0.00

ADDITIONAL DISCOUNTS AND COUPONS

Dell Home Customers: Free Ground Shipping on Dell Dimensions greater than $549! $24 Handling Charge Applies
Expires on 2005-12-01 12:59:59 - $74.00

Sub-Total $709.00
Shipping Discount -$74.00

Shipping $ 25.00

Tax $60.56
Total $794.56
Pretty good value for money ...
I would have got the Word package and a longer warranty
But can always be added later ..
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Originally Posted by AmerLisa
You're getting a kickback, right?
having heard his voice and seen his unyielding support for Dell maybe he should call himself Dell Boy?
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having heard his voice and seen his unyielding support for Dell maybe he should call himself Dell Boy?
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Originally Posted by AmerLisa
Michael Dell and I are good mates... I try to help him out ..
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Originally Posted by Sophia_S
we bought a Compaq pressario 7600? back in 2000, it was our first computer,we had an unGodly ammount of problems with it,to cut a long story short!,we had to replace everything on it,including the monitor!,needless to say we will NOT ever buy another Compaq...all we have left of it now is the monitor(2nd)the keyboard and the speakers...we have been considering a new computer this Xmas,would we be better off buying a complete new package of just a new tower?
I was reading the other thread on here about the processor types and the one we have now is an AMD Athlon,just still got win.98 in it but we want something so we can download music and do basic internet,email and messenger type stuff,the CD burner burned out even though we only used the thing once!,our tech guy said that is pretty common....I thought it was just our curse!
Please don't be too technical....I just know how to email,send and receive pics and do the very basic things on here although I am beginning to understand a bit more!!!.....be gentle ....PLEASE!......Sophia
Buy an apple mac - saves you from viruses and looks awesome. Bit pricey but worth it.
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Originally Posted by Ray
www.dell.com spend how much you want too.
i will second that ive brought a couple of dell machines over the years and have not had any problems, i opened up my latest dell box and was quite impressed with the layout/configuration of everything inside!

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I am a support systems analyst, I always buy Dell for both work and home for what that is worth. I am usually very happy with them, of course you get the occasional dog just like with any other high tech product but they do tend to be pretty reliable. specs quoted earlier by Vegas look like they would suit your needs just fine and looks like a good price.
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If you can, dont' bother get a system that comes with shite software, save a fair bit of money, M/S Works is shite, the new office is a slug....and for free, can get Open Office, which works just as well, and fully compatable with Office files.

AMD is better value for money...Dell isn't bad if you don't have a clue about computers or want to faff about with upgrading yourself, but for the money, if you could probably find better systems out there, custom spec a system cheap enough and easily enough these days....stay away from Gateway though...and don't get the bundled printer that comes with most computers, lexmark and HP, not bad quality, but you'll be paying through the nose for ink cartridges, your probably better off getting a laser printer for black and white for $50, and if you need a colour printer, get one later, Epson have great quality prints and better ink, the prints won't fade, and per print are cheaper in the long run...
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