[QUOTE=LadyC;2207518]Yesterday I was browsing desktop reviews on Cnet and they have a couple of Dells as ‘editor’s choice’. I like the idea of choosing the components a lot, so I’ll definitely be looking at their website. I shopped a couple of the big box stores yesterday, but none carry the Dell brand so I always forget about it.
I agree about the refurb stuff. My very first laptop was a refurbished Toshiba that took tons of abuse (I was traveling a LOT) and the thing just refused to die in spite of even being dropped a couple of times LOL.
Arachne - if you don’t mind my asking, what were some of the key components you decided upon with your latest Dell purchase (the Inspiron 530)? Right now, I’m pretty much just focusing on processor speed and HD size, but I realize I need to do something fairly quickly (before Windows7 hits LOL).[/QUOTE]
LOL @ your poor Tosh
Hmmm, some of the key components for me:
a) getting a slightly faster processor than my other two PCs - for my needs it doesn’t have to be a blistering fast quad core or anything (though a Quad would be pretty sexy LOL), so I went for a Core2Duo E7300 (2.66GHz).
b) a better graphics card - again, didn’t have to be anything top of the line, so I settled on an 256MB ATi Radeon HD3650
Disk space wasn’t an issue for me as I have an external Western Digital 1TB drive, so I settled for 500 gigs.
I also settled on just 2GB of RAM as it suits my current Vista needs, but I could have gone for more if I’d wanted to.
Monitor etc I had already.
However, what I’d recommend you do is visit Dell’s site and play around with various configs - see if you can find what suits for a good price. I played with numerous options and setups before I settled on something.