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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-17-2003, 12:40 PM Thread Starter
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Buying computer need help

I need to buy a computer. I am think of getting a Dell 4550. But I was also looking at getting a refurbished computer, Good idea or not?
Where can I find the cheapest place to buy online?
I looking for 2ghz or more, 256 MB and a CD burner. I going to be using the computer mostly for sufering the web and word documents.
any suggestions would be great

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if you are just going to use it for surfing and word, 400mhz and 256mb ram will run winXP or win2k easily. get one off ebay for a hundo.

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just stick with the dell, I don't think you will save that much on a refurbished on to make it worth it. Also when checking prices log in as consumer and get a price and then log in as small business and get a price. Sometimes one gets a better price then the other even for the same setup. Also dell has free shipping 95% of the time. If they don't now wait a week till they do. Also it might be cheaper to get 128 mb of ram and then just go to best buy and get another 512mb of ram for around $80. 256 is ok but 512 is much better.
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Dell usually has awesome bargains once a month - this one is pretty good but my buddy just one and his deal was a little cheaper, but no flat panel:

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Be resigned to one fact: next week you will be able to get a better deal.

I don't know how long you keep your computers, but ensure that you have enough capacity in RAM for any future upgrades of software or operating systems. And software updates lately are requiring more RAM and hard drive space. This is especially true considering you will be web surfing and will want a good up-to-date anti-virus program.

I think 2 GHz and 256 MB RAM is a good start. And a CD burner is a MUST!! (I'm partial to externals myself, although my Dell laptop has a CD-RW/DVD-R combo).

Also, Dell has 0% for 6 months financing; others might too. You also will want to call the 1-800 number, the customer service rep may give you extra $$$ off the purchase price.

But the bottom line is to shop around.

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I suggest you buy a computer from Apple. I switched from PC to Mac about 8 months ago and really like them . I have an iBook laptop and an eMac home computer and they work great. I have Microsoft Office, Photoshop, etc. and everything runs well. Apple makes setting up wireless networking, printing, etc. a snap. You should go to an apple store and at least take a look at them before you buy another PC. Not everyone likes Macs, but they're definitely worth checking out.
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