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Cory Wolfe

I... I Want a Dell!

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Cory Wolfe    263

Got a Dell catalogue in the mail not long ago and looking through it really makes me want one. They're cheap and better than this 8 year old Gateway POS by a long shot. I can get a bare bones Dell Inspiron B130 for only $499 (well, $449 with discount) with Intel Celeron M, Windows XP HE, 14.1" XGA widescreen, 256mb of memory, a 40gb hard drive, CD burner/DVD drive, integrated Intel Graphics Media Accel. 900, internal wireless, a free color printer, and a 1 year limited warranty. Compare this to my 1998 spec Gateway Essential with Intel Pentium 3, Windows 98, 15" monitor, 128mb of memory, a 9.52gb hard drive, basic CD drive, and everything like printers had to be bought seperately. It cost my parents a little over $2000 back then. Is it me, or is it time to upgrade?

I hate my PC... *flicks it* :P

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Satty    338

My laptop is a dell, not a bad piece of machinery. I got a few upgrades and ended up geting it for about $1200, which isn't bad.

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Intrepidation    846

I hate Dells. They feel slower than their specs suggest, and they have all kinds of weird glitches. Try looking at an HP or a Vaio. Also look for models with AMD not Intel. AMD is overal superior, and usually cost less. Me...I prefer to build mine.

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Flybrian    0

Don't plan on upgrading alot yourself with a Dell. Some things are an incredible pain in the ass because Dell insists on using proprietary connections for lots of their hardware. My girlfriend has a Dimension 3000 and we've had so many little issues changing things out, like the absurdly loud tower fan and such. Good computer operationally, though.

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That seems like a ripoff to me.

At first I didn't realize you were talking about laptops and I thought this was a TOTAL ripoff - but it's not THAT bad.

I would stay away from Celerons. I've not had good experiences. Plus, the Pentiums for laptops are really good now. They can slow down to save power when not needed. Plus, 256 Mb of memory is NOT AT ALL ENOUGH. Even 512 Mb is too little, but not as much of a joke. I would recommend AT LEAST 1 Gb to run modern Windows. A lot of people even bump that up to 2 Gb to avoid paging while you're opening programs.

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NOS2006    11

I've got a Dimension 5100 and have never had a problem and my sister has an older one (about 2 yrs old now) and it still works problem free (except that she doesn't take care of it so it's slow as hell). Also, my mom has a 2-ish year old Dell laptop and that thing runs fine, too. I'd suggest going with Dell because of the experience I've had with them.

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Northstar    11

I have a Latitude D820. It's been very good and aside from a couple minor problems has been trouble free. It has 1GB of memory with the ability to upgrade to 2GB later on.

My roommate on the other hand has a relatively high-end HP that he's always having trouble with.

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daves87rs    330

Mine's a toss up between a Sony or Gateway..

Though I want a Duo (though a regular would be okay)

I wanted a lower end at first, but I want it to last a while...

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Intrepidation    846

Got a Dell catalogue in the mail not long ago and looking through it really makes me want one. They're cheap and better than this 8 year old Gateway POS by a long shot. I can get a bare bones Dell Inspiron B130 for only $499 (well, $449 with discount) with Intel Celeron M, Windows XP HE, 14.1" XGA widescreen, 256mb of memory, a 40gb hard drive, CD burner/DVD drive, integrated Intel Graphics Media Accel. 900, internal wireless, a free color printer, and a 1 year limited warranty. Compare this to my 1998 spec Gateway Essential with Intel Pentium 3, Windows 98, 15" monitor, 128mb of memory, a 9.52gb hard drive, basic CD drive, and everything like printers had to be bought seperately. It cost my parents a little over $2000 back then.

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That's a major ripoff now that I look at it. For comparison...my computer.

256 Ram? Unacceptable in todays computers...most come with at least 512. is that even DDR Ram or older SD Ram? 40 Gigs isn't much, again by todays standard...and HDs don't cost much.

When I built it initially, it had an 80 gig Hard Drive and my compaq's 40 gig HD, 512 MB DDR Ram, CD Burner/DVD Drive, Windows XP, 2 USB ports, an ATI Radion 2600 series graphics card, and an AMD Athlon XP 2700+

All that (including buying Windows XP and a tower) cos me roughly 600, and it'll run circles around the Dell.

Last X-mas I upgraded to 1 Gig DDR Ram, Asus nVIDIA GeForce 6600 graphics card, switched the motherboard from a crappy Chaintech (never buy Chaintech hardware) motherboard to a ABIT MB, and went from 2 USB ports to 8 in the process. This cost me about $250 (gfx cards are expensive).

This thing is easily better than 95 percent of the computers I've used, including Dells, Gateways, and G5s.

My point is that Dell is ripping you off. Sure, you get a monitor (only 14.1"?) and a free printer, but the very thing you wanna replace is what's being cheaepned out on. Avoid Celeron processors...they're junk. If at all possible, you should consider building one or have a friend build/help you build it. It's fun and pretty easy. I built mine on a budget, and it runs great.

If you wanna improve your computer experience on the cheap, slap a gig of Ram into your comp, get a new HD of at least 50 gigs, get a copy of Windows XP, and get a decent gfx card. It'll run 10 times better easily. If any of this sunds appealing and you'd like some help or advice on computer stuff, just lemmie know ^_^

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On another note...I'm planning to build a new computer, so I can render with 3D Software better and play games at max settings....ooh the things I plan to do.

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Intrepidation    846

The other advantage of building a computer is that all the parts are standard fit, and so are cheaper and easier to upgrade or replace than factory built computers like Dells, since they use specialized parts that make them a bitch to upgrade.

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Drew Dowdell    5,000

Celerons = bad

but if you're set on this machine, do yourself a favor now and spend a little extra to get at least 512megs of ram. Windows XP doesn't like running on only 256, the extra memory make a huge difference.

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Drew Dowdell    5,000

Dude, forget the Dell.

Substantially better deal $499.00

AMD Athlon 64 Processor 3200+

160GB SATA 7200RPM hard drive

512MB RAM

DVD±RW

9-in-1 USB flash card reader - for your digi-cam

Substantially better deal number 2 $439.00

AMD's Athlon 64 3500+

200GB, 7200 RPM hard drive

512MB ram

DVD±RW Dual Layer

Internal Flash Media Reader

Both of these machines have their pluses and minuses over each other, but either one you go with will be a better buy than the Dell. Both of these machines are Microsoft Vista capable where as the Dell won't be.

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Drew Dowdell    5,000

Olds - I thought the same thing. Then I realized he's talking laptops.

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Ack! Even worse. Laptops have inherently slower hard drives and bus speeds. That dog of a Celeron desktop becomes a boat anchor of a laptop.

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loki    289

a friend has a toshiba ... pretty much brand new, core duo widescreen... not sure how much it was, but overall very nice i'd not go with dell, unless you have to have thier warranty and such...?

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ohsnap    0

Our home has a Dell Inspiron 6000 and an Apple iBook.....the iBook pwns the Dell anyday! Ever thought of going Mac? iBooks are gone now but they've been replaced by Mac Books and Mac Book Pros. If you insist on going PC, try the Sony and Toshibas. Dells are being price slashed left and right, for a reason!

Good luck with your search though, I love my iBook, wouldn't go back to a desktop.

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Intrepidation    846

Our home has a Dell Inspiron 6000 and an Apple iBook.....the iBook pwns the Dell anyday!  Ever thought of going Mac?  iBooks are gone now but they've been replaced by Mac Books and Mac Book Pros.  If you insist on going PC, try the Sony and Toshibas.  Dells are being price slashed left and right, for a reason!

Good luck with your search though, I love my iBook, wouldn't go back to a desktop.

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Macs suck. I'm using one now at school...a G5 and it's slower than my PC...

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Intrepidation    846

Macs are overpriced, and overhyped. They're no faster than PC's and if anything I find them slower. Their interface is a pain in the ass to work through too.

However, if you need a computer that doubles as a heater get a G5...it puts off assloads of heat. It makes a better heater than a computer!

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FAPTurbo    1,080

256 Megs of Ram? My 1998 IBM Aptiva, Pentium II has more than that!...

Save your money and buy a Toshiba or Sony Laptop.

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aaaantoine    4

For desktops, I build my own.

For laptops, I don't have that same level of convenience available to me. Plus I don't like the inputs on a typical laptop -- scrunched up specialized keyboard and a touch pad driven mouse. On top of that, your video options are limited and cost more. Heck -- everything on a laptop costs more.

Do you absolutely need the portability of a laptop? Otherwise you're better off with a desktop.

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Intrepidation    846

For desktops, I build my own.

For laptops, I don't have that same level of convenience available to me.  Plus I don't like the inputs on a typical laptop -- scrunched up specialized keyboard and a touch pad driven mouse.  On top of that, your video options are limited and cost more.  Heck -- everything on a laptop costs more.

Do you absolutely need the portability of a laptop?  Otherwise you're better off with a desktop.

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Gotta agree with you. Desktops are cheaper, easier to customize/build/upgrade. For the price you pay for a laptop you could get a far superior desktop for the same price. ( I didn't realize he wanted a laptop when I first read the thread).

I may get a laptop cuz I need i for school, but I may sacrifice it for now and instead use the money to build an uber desktop.

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loki    289

don't go w/ sony, the battery issues they and dell had are from sony... and they knew about it w/o telling people until lots of people had them burn.

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Drew Dowdell    5,000

Macs suck. I'm using one now at school...a G5 and it's slower than my PC...

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"waaaay too generic of a comparison."

the new MacBooks are generally faster than an equally priced PC Laptop

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