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Old 07-05-2005, 07:24 PM   #1
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Cheap desktop computer

I said I wasnt going to do this anymore after getting the business from certain people the last time I did it, but this is a good one.

http://configure.us.dell.com/dellsto...2d30h10a&s=bsd

Dell 3000, complete with a 15" LCD monitor and printer for $399-100 rebate=299.

Celeron 2.4, 256mb ram, 40gb disk, XP. Nothing to write home about, but a very good basic machine with screen and printer for a very good price.

I'd consider adding the 1 year or 2 year warranty, a larger disk and trade up from the inkjet printer to a laser. Dell charges a lot for inkjet carts.

The 3000 is supposed to be a little louder than the 2400, which I got for my brother in law. But I havent heard a lot of complaints about it.
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Old 07-05-2005, 07:29 PM   #2
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Note that the rebate check will be sent to your 'company name' if one is entered in dell sb.

Yes, you can buy from dell sb without having a small business...just make sure your company name is your name for this transaction...
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Michael Dell makes good computers. I like mine.
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Old 07-05-2005, 08:35 PM   #4
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I see where some of the online retailers, like 123 inkjects, are now selling remanufactured Dell cartridges a bit cheaper. But it looks like it would still cost at least $25. ... I'm in no hurry to pull my Dell printer out of the box.
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My brother in law needed new carts for his 'free' printer...they were going to run about 65 bucks. So I bought him another machine for a few bucks more that came with full carts and cost about 40 a set to replace. He had a struggle with 'throw it out' when its a perfectly good printer and ended up giving it to someone else instead...(shrug).

Bump to the 2 year warranty (30), a bigger hard drive (30), the laser printer (70), maybe blow a few bucks on 512 memory (50) and for under 500 you've got a nice machine with an lcd and a laser printer. Not too shabby. Deal ends today, but they'll do it again in a month or so.
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Old 07-06-2005, 08:28 PM   #6
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I know, it's crazy ... I could just run out my free dell's cartridges, then buy a new canon printer to replace it and come out ahead.


Now if Dell would just sell laptops for $299,* I could buy myself a new toy, nearly guilt-free*

to answer myself.... I saw an office depot ad over the weekend for a Compaq R4000 ...$399 after rebates. Tho I admit I know zip about an AMD sempron processor)*
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Old 07-07-2005, 12:51 AM   #7
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Be aware that some of the cartridges that comes with new printers are not full - kind of demo versions.

When it comes to cheap laptops it always seems that after I have added what I want (full ram upgrade, centrino/M, dvd burner Etc.) the thing will anyway cost me $1000. (note; I am not US based so do not get quite the same deals with dell online as some of you guys+discount coupons not so easy to redeem for me+mailing expensive).
Still, 1K is cheap considering the convinience and the hours spend with it. My next laptop should be smaller than my current Acer 15.4" as I in FIRE like to log it around more - be it to the sofa or to Starbucks to watch people going to work...
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The Sempron has dreams about growing up to be a celeron, if that helps.

I hate the build quality and reliability on the compaq/hp machines I've seen lately. Bought one a couple of years ago. Wont do it again.
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Nice deal if you want a buttkicker instead of a low end machine

http://configure.us.dell.com/dellsto...=2d47w11&s=bsd

Pentium 4 2.8GHz with hyperthreading, includes 19" lcd display...the display all by itself is pretty spendy...19" lcd == 21" CRT display in viewable area. $499 after $100 rebate.

I'd kick in the 2 year warranty, memory and disk upgrade and consider the video card upgrade if you're gonna play twitch 3d games. Under $600 for a well loaded system with a huge free screen is a really good deal.

Note the above mention that this is through dell small business. You dont need a business to buy from them. But the rebate check will be made out to the business name, so make the business name your name or you'll have a keepsake check made out to some fake business...
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