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Topic # 11929 19-Feb-2007 11:59
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So, I'm about to buy a computer :) I'm just filling in all the details right now, but thought I'd just tell everyone and make sure it's worth buying... It's with dell and these are the specs...

Q240217A - Dell Dimension(TM) E521 Athlon(TM) 64 X2 Desktop w/Dual Core Processing
1 1,599.00 1,599.00
Date 19/02/2007 09:57 AM
Catalog Number 531035
Base System AMD Athlon(TM) 64 X2 Dual-Core processor 3800+ 1

(512KB + 512KB L2 Cache, 2.0GHz)
Dell Warranty & Support Services 1Yr Limited with Next Business Day Onsite Service 1

1Yr Onsite Warranty with Standard Phone Support(Mon-Fri 0800-2000,Sat 1000-1600)
Limited Time Offer (For Online Orders Only) This bundle includes $150 cash off
Limited Time Offer 2 Free upgrade from 160GB to 250GB Hard Drive
Remarks Discount is only valid if the corresponding upgraded item is selected above. 1
Limited time promotional offer only. No further discounts apply 1
Memory 1GB (2X512) NECC Dual Channel DDR2 533MHz SDRAM Memory 1
Video Card 256MB PCIe(TM)x16 NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) 7300LE TurboCache w/TV-Out, VGA & DVI 1
Floppy Drive & Card Reader No Floppy Drive and Media Card Reader 1
Keyboards Dell(TM) USB Quietkey(R) Keyboard(English) 1
Mouse Dell(TM) Optical USB Mouse 1

Dell(TM) Mouse Mat
Display 20" Entry Wide Screen Flat Panel LCD Monitor (ANA, DVI) 1
Hard Drive 250GB SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive with Native Command Queuing 1
Optical Drives 16X DVD+/-RW with Dual Layer Write Capabilities 1

Roxio Creator 9.0

4.7GB DVD+R Blank Media (1 pc)
Sound Card Integrated 7.1 Audio 1
Speakers Dell(TM) A225 USB Stereo Speakers 1
Modems 56K PCI Data/Fax Modem 1
Software Microsoft(R) Works 8.5 - OEM version 1

Word Processor/Spreadsheet/Database/Calendar/Powerpoint viewer/Email Tools
Security Software McAfee(R) Security Center(TM) - 15 Months OEM 1

Installation media not included
Items included in the System Integrated Fast Ethernet 10/100 1
System Drive CD Kit 1

Dell(TM) PC-Restore
Dell Support 1
Freight Charges DIMENSION(TM) MT Handling & Insurance Charges(New Zealand) 1
Others Shipping Documentations 1

Also... anyone able to tell me why this doesn't mention a motherboard?!







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  Reply # 61208 19-Feb-2007 13:09
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Dell never mention the motherboard specs when buying a machine, but never mind it does come with one. That looks like a very good price for those specs.

What version of Windows does it come with? I couldn't see it listed there



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  Reply # 61216 19-Feb-2007 14:01
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Um... It's windows vista premium home edition







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  Reply # 61218 19-Feb-2007 14:04
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Very good then. Looks like an excellent deal.

One thing though, it could be worth considering an upgrade to 2GB RAM



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  Reply # 61219 19-Feb-2007 14:14
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Right, well I bought it anyways, it was actually a hundred dollars cheaper than what they first charged me, I have no idea what happened but something stuffed up the first time, so only $1686.88.

Only annoying thing was I needed to talk to someone just to ensure everything was sweet and the first time the line I got was really crappy so I had to keep getting the guy (In America I think) to repeat everything he said! ah well, I have a computer (well in eight working days)









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  Reply # 61220 19-Feb-2007 14:18
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Oh, and the fact that 2gb was another 234 dollars slightly put me off







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  Reply # 61221 19-Feb-2007 14:23
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Oh well if it comes to that you can always buy an extra 1Gb for cheaper and put in in yourself or get someone to do it for you.

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  Reply # 61222 19-Feb-2007 14:27
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pebbles: Oh, and the fact that 2gb was another 234 dollars slightly put me off

$234 is not a bad price for that sort of DDR2-533 RAM, it IS expensive:

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Kingston ValueRAM 1GB 533MHz DDR2 Non-ECC CL4
DIMM

RRP (inc. GST)  $253.13

You can always upgrade later if you find that you really need to...

EDIT:  Just saw Brad's post.

On checking further, the suggested retail price quoted above is a bit on the expensive side.  I think you could find this RAM for around $180 to $190 at one of the local PC retailers.



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  Reply # 61224 19-Feb-2007 14:32
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yeah, thats what I was told, and for lil ol me this computer will be fantastic! I am so excited, I can finally play fable that MF gave me... and The Sims 2!! If I had money I'd be buying lots of games right now to celebrate, shame I'm going to be broke for a long time now.







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  Reply # 61270 19-Feb-2007 21:38
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Pebs!
Build your own computer!
All you have to do is connect the Thingymagiggy to the whatsamahoodzit...:D

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  Reply # 61301 20-Feb-2007 09:11
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Grant17: $234 is not a bad price for that sort of DDR2-533 RAM, it IS expensive


Your telling me! My laptop will need some more RAM badly (Getting it today! Might make a post about it later so you can all flame me for being cheap)

Theres just one thing bugging me about this Desktop Pebs,
Sound Card Integrated 7.1 Audio 1
Speakers Dell(TM) A225 USB Stereo Speakers 1


7.1 Sound yet they stick you with USB speakers? Now I'm not saying they should deliver with 7.1 Speakers but USB? Thats a bit odd Tongue out

Welcome back Pebbles!

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Reply # 61304 20-Feb-2007 09:27
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James didn't you know USB is the new 7.1? Ah who am I kidding, that's just wrong. What a waste of a nice 7.1 soundcard.

Pebbles looks like your next purchase will be some decent speakers. Only around $50 for a decent set. Although if you want sorround sounds ones you will pay for it



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  Reply # 61337 20-Feb-2007 16:34
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I already have pretty good speakers which have a sub woofer too!!! they're probably a bit outdated as they're about 8 years old, but they were the top of the line back then and they sound better than my stereo, not that that's saying much :P







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  Reply # 64215 18-Mar-2007 21:55
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So how is the new computer???



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  Reply # 64221 18-Mar-2007 22:27
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The actual computer is fantastic, I love having a computer that's actually fast enough to do the things I want, but Vista sucks!!!! sorry to say it but when half my things won't work due to incompatibility I'm allowed to have that opinion, and vista is also too smart, I couldn't put a copied version of MS Office 2007 on it as it just wouldn't do it, when my friends computer without vista would (not that I'd ever use illegal copies of anything :P) but yeah... enough detail?







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  Reply # 64227 18-Mar-2007 23:09
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*calls the Microsoft Police*
*watches them arrest pebbles*
*steals her laptop*

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