My New Computer?

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    My New Computer?

    Wow! My parents finally figured that we needed a new computer. Our 3 year old Gateway 733MHz is getting kinda old for games and such so they decided to get a new one! We'll be getting it VERY soon but we haven't ordered it yet. We're still looking.

    It has to be less than $1,800, have a flat-panel monitor, 3 year warranty, and be from a reputable company. Those were the terms. Next, I had to give up a computer for unknown reasons. So under much sorrow, I decided to give up this IBM titanium laptop. Its not even mine, its the company's. But I get the current Gateway in my room which is even better than my laptop for development. I can even play some games on it. I loose the mobility, true, but sacrafices must be made.

    So, I went looking and found this. What do you think about it? Its the top-of-the-line Dell model as of now (8250). I especially love all the free goodies!

    BTW, the 9700 Pro costs $180 more so I think we'll be sticking with the TX model. The only difference I saw was that the processor is ~60Mhz slower. 10-20 FPS less from 300? Hahahaha! 180 bucks! Hahaha! The Pro runs at 324Mhz and the TX at 267Mhz.

    And, we have Office 2000 so all that software down there, its really just sh!t.

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    Dell Dimension 8250 Series 
    Pentium® 4 Processor at 2.53GHz with 533MHz system bus/ 512K L2 Cache 
    
    FREE UPGRADE! 512MB PC1066 RDRAM 2X256 modules 
    60GB Ultra ATA/100 7200RPM Hard Drive 
    Integrated Intel® PRO 10/100 Ethernet 
    56K Telephony Modem for Windows 
    Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional 
    
    3.5 in Floppy Drive 
    16 Max DVD-ROM Drive 
    FREE UPGRADE! New 4x DVD+RW/+R Drive w/CD-RW 
    
    SoundBlaster Live! 5.1 Digital Sound Card 
    Harman Kardon® HK-395 Speakers with Subwoofer (2.1) 
    
    New 17 in E171FPb Flat Panel Display (400:1 contrast ratio, 250cd brightness) 
    New 128mb DDR ATI Radeon™ 9700 TX Graphics Card with TV-Out and DVI 
    
    Dell® Quietkey® Keyboard 
    Dell® 2-button scroll mouse 
    
    WordPerfect® Productivity Pack with Quicken New User Edition 
    Dell SecurityCenter by McAfee, 90-day introductory offer 
    Dell Jukebox powered by MUSICMATCH 
    Dell Picture Studio,Image Expert Standard 
    3 Year Limited Warranty plus 3 Year At-Home Service 
    6 Months of America Online Membership Included 
    
    $150 OFF Special Offer 
    FREE Shipping and Handling 
    
    Price: $1,758.00
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    cool

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    My tip... Make sure it can handle a lot of RAM. That's what every computer almost always needs when upgrading. So, if you aren't gonna get a ton of RAM in it, make sure that it can handle more than is already there.

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    My tip... don't buy a Dell.
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    Originally posted by CheesyMoo
    My tip... don't buy a Dell.
    Alright, what other reputable, known computer company can I get a good deal from? This looks pretty good to me. Please offer suggestions if you can... I'm always open...

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    Originally posted by CheesyMoo
    My tip... don't buy a Dell.
    why the hell not? I never buy anything from anyone else. If your not going to build your own, Dell is THE best thing you can do! From performance, to support, and right up to the warrenty! I have set many people up with Dell notebooks and Desktops, as well as having owned a few of each myself, and everyone has been very very happy. They have parts to you next day if u ever need them, at no cost, and are always around to help you on the phone.

    Dell is far more than you could ask from a computer company, and i dont see how your one incident, if you even had one, represents the entire company.

    Go dell.

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    For the best company, I would suggest IBM...

    But overall I wouldn't even suggest getting a computer straight from a company, with 1,800$ you could get a beautiful custom made PC.

    Hear of Fry's Electronics?
    www.outpost.com

    There are alot more for custom made shops, but I guess you have to get a company made one, in which case Dell would be superior to say, Gateway(Ugh...) and definately better than HP.

    Oh well good luck.

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    I didn't know why I said this earlier, you said you game alot, and code so:
    ALIEN WARE

    Look here, for a full computer at $1,500. You can easily upgrade it with your extra $300 and you would have an awesome PC.

    Standard that comes with a better mobo and video card. You have a buttload of RAM, and can get plenty more with your money. It's got a DVD drive and a CD-R/CD-RW reader/writer. I mean, Alien Ware 0wnz j00.
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    Alienware == BIG $$$

    The lowest model base price is 1400; and thats without a monitor. What more its Athlon and I want to learn SSE2 ASM programming and such with the P4 and the Athlon is slower than a P4. Remember, prices are <1800 and they have to be company built.

    And I do game alot I heard Dells were great for that.

    I showed my parents cyberpowerpc.com (great amazing prices), nope, real company....

    But I think this will do ain't it? *If* we order it, its gonna be tommorow.

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    It's not AMD either it's got the same processor as the Dell you selected.

    It's also $200 less.

    Also tell your parents that Alien Ware is a company, and they build the computers.

    I hope you don't take this the wrong way, I just think you could get a better deal.
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    There's just a one problem with that 1500 Hive-mind. It doesn't have a flat panel monitor. That alone is a lot of money. With their flat panel on, their lowest is 2000. Then again, I could buy my own but that goes over the 1800 no doubtly. They know what Alienware is btw.

    But I'm wondering, what are the differences and which is the best out of these cards in terms of value, quality and PRICE:

    GF4 MX
    GF4 4200
    GF4 4600
    RD 9700 TX
    RD 9700 PRO

    I've seen a lot of systems with the 4200. Why not the 4600?

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    RD 9700 Pro.

    If you add the 19" Flat Monitor, it comes out to the same price as the Dell. So then it just comes down to which parts you like better.
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    i owned an alienware....nice computers, if you know how to fix them. Mine was always breaking, and after some talking i found i wasnt the only one with these problems.....all in your opinion though.

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    Through my experiences, Dell desktops are rather good while their laptops aren't so hot.

    Mostly, all that I have heard is good reviews for Dell desktops.

    On the other hand, my sister bought a Dell laptop and it was a POS that was always giving her errors, even during the begining. Also, the laptop was pretty close to top of the line.
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    i dont work for dell, i work for gateway....god please dont buy a gateway.....

    I havent had a problem with either of my dell notebooks....

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    This is where I bought my computer from:

    www.totallyawesome.com

    I'll probably be upgrading this summer (for Doom 3)... Boyz!
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