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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-08-2012, 04:24 PM Thread Starter
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I'm in the market for a new PC... Just looking for something for surfing, music, movies and your normal odds and ends.

Right now I can get my hands on a new Dell for $500 shipped to my door, but not sure if that's the best bet. The specs are:

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AMD Athlon™ II X2 Processor 250 (3.0GHz, 1M, 2C)
4GB DDR3 SDRAM - 2 DIMMs
1TB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM) w/DataBurst Cache™
16X DVD+/-RW Drive
ATI Radeon HD4200
Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio
Integrated 10/100/1000 Ethernet
For what I'm doing, should this be enough or should I spend a little extra cash and upgrade. Looking to keep it under $800.

Thanks in advance.
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I highly recommended Intel processors, especially the core i7 series. I guess you don't really need it, unless you watch 1080p movies and such. At least an i5.
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I would rather get this and add $60 for the HD 6450 1GB DDR3 - $509.00 total (tax + $8 shipping)

http://configure.us.dell.com/dellsto...5111A0A01A0A00

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keep an eye on the Dell outlet store. Great deals. Picked up a inspiron 620 with a i5, 8gb men, and 500gb drive for under 350 shipped. Granted it was a rare find you should be able to find a good i5 system for 400-450. Good luck. Fyi, i5 is way more than enough.

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One of the IT guys at work recommended this one. Thoughts?

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I would go with the Dell that Kot linked to. Two reasons, good experience with Dell and the prof version of Win 7.

Make that three reasons, intel I5.

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i don't think that 4GB of memory is enough long term. With 64 bit you will probably want to upgrade at some point (it is fine for now, but as programs get more complex, more memory is always a cheap fix)

Its hard to know looking at the Acer if it has the ability to add an aftermarket video card. My brother used to have an acer and he didn't like it because the video performance performance was terrible, and the architecture of the case didnt' allow a new card to be installed.

Michowski has a good point of building your own. It isn't very difficult and does allow for easy upgrades in the future. That being said, it is more work, and while it is very easy to do, trouble shooting problems can be difficult (or at least more difficult than simply calling the manufacturer)

I tend to like Dell's technical support and would probably suggest looking at the Dell outlet store like Tony suggested.

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For what you will be using this PC for those specs are plenty. SSD would probably have a bigger impact then a i7 for surfing and basic stuff.
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