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Old 10-06-2008, 06:20 PM
 
Location: ***Spokane***
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Ive had my computer for years and its time for a new one.
I have heard some bad things about Dell related to upgrading,etc
I use a computer for basic stuff and a little gaming.
I was an technician for the gov't, and the primary computers utilized were DELL notebooks and desktops. I believe the gov't went with DELL due to coming in on lowest bid, but also these systems will take a lickin'....but must also say that for my personal system, I went with an upgraded Toshiba, with all the bells and whistles. Have had it over a year now and not a single problem on this system, has built in modem, 17 inch screen, dual processors and 260-HD, 2GB RAM..... Good luck...
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Old 10-07-2008, 07:23 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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Some Dell's don't like memory upgrades, and all their cases seem to be proprietary mounting (Meaning you need to get a Dell mobo if yours dies.)

Other than that, like mentioned above, no better PC for the money than a Dell
Which Dell's don't like memory upgrades?
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Old 10-10-2008, 01:46 AM
 
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My first computer was a Compaq, and it was a POS. The tower was about the size of a VCR and was not upgrabeable whatsoever. For it's time period, there was no USB and the computer had no PCI or ISA slots so it was impossible to upgrade. Note: Not all compaq's are like this.

I kept that computer for 11 months then got a Dell. I kept that Dell for 3+ years just upgrading it little by little. Example, I upgraded video card so I could player newer games, I upgraded RAM, I added a CD burner, added a TV card, etc. It was by far the best computer I ever owned. I gave it to my Aunt and she kept it for 6+ years until it started acting a little unstable and by then I figured it was time to trash it. From them on, I always built my computers up until about 6 months ago. I got another Dell as I just didn't want to deal with building a computer anymore after doing it for nearly 10 years.

Dell is great, you won't regret it. Just do your research on your model. The only thing I didn't like about my model was it cannot run Windows XP (no drivers for a lot of the hardware) which is one reason I wish I didn't get it as I am stuck with Vista. Don't get me wrong, I like Vista but it's just too bloated and buggy for my liking.
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Old 10-13-2008, 07:48 AM
 
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My first computer was a Compaq, and it was a POS. The tower was about the size of a VCR and was not upgrabeable whatsoever. For it's time period, there was no USB and the computer had no PCI or ISA slots so it was impossible to upgrade. Note: Not all compaq's are like this.

I kept that computer for 11 months then got a Dell. I kept that Dell for 3+ years just upgrading it little by little. Example, I upgraded video card so I could player newer games, I upgraded RAM, I added a CD burner, added a TV card, etc. It was by far the best computer I ever owned. I gave it to my Aunt and she kept it for 6+ years until it started acting a little unstable and by then I figured it was time to trash it. From them on, I always built my computers up until about 6 months ago. I got another Dell as I just didn't want to deal with building a computer anymore after doing it for nearly 10 years.

Dell is great, you won't regret it. Just do your research on your model. The only thing I didn't like about my model was it cannot run Windows XP (no drivers for a lot of the hardware) which is one reason I wish I didn't get it as I am stuck with Vista. Don't get me wrong, I like Vista but it's just too bloated and buggy for my liking.
I think you should of built another computer as then you would've been able to run Windows XP.
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Old 10-13-2008, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Wichita,Kansas
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I had a Compaq once and i wasnt a fan they built everything so you..
Couldnt take stuff out or upgrade at all!
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Old 10-14-2008, 11:09 AM
 
Location: New Hampsha
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ive bught 4 dells and been happy with all of them. my most recent came with vista and was having some trouble, but ever since i put xp on it it has been great
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Old 10-14-2008, 01:57 PM
 
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I don't think you can go wrong with a Dell, or a Gateway or HP. I use a Dell at work and my experience is that their chat technical support is very efficient, but that may be because we have gold level support. I have an HP at home, no issues whatsoever. I have a Gateway desktop from 1999 that is still running with Windows 98.
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Old 10-15-2008, 10:40 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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I've had nothing but bad experiences with Dell (two lemons including one that caught fire). For PCs, I like Thinkpads/Lenovos. But given the current state of the Windows operating system, I am seriously considering getting a Mac.
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Old 10-16-2008, 07:11 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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I've had nothing but bad experiences with Dell (two lemons including one that caught fire). For PCs, I like Thinkpads/Lenovos. But given the current state of the Windows operating system, I am seriously considering getting a Mac.
Your experience has surely been different from mine. I've been using Dell computers (more of them than I can count) for over 15 years and have always had good experiences.

On the other hand, ThinkPads come with a great deal of preinstalled software that I consider useless and are much more difficult if you want to install Windows on a blank hard disk and then download only those drivers you need to get it running. Dell drivers are much easier to find online. Current Lenovo ThinkCentre computers are experiencing a greater than average failure rate on motherboards. I've got to change another one today.

Again, this is just my experience. My employer stopped buying Dell computers almost 3 years ago and started buying Lenovp. Personally, I'm really sorry they did that.
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Old 10-17-2008, 11:40 AM
 
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I think Dell USED to be great but we have had 2 Dells in the past few years [us and my father] that really have not been what we expected. I would not pay for the name.
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