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Is this Dell a good deal?

by rob54w / March 10, 2008 7:51 AM PDT

I'm planning on buying a Dell Inspiron 530. Cnet seemed to love it, because it's one of the top mainstream desktops. There's a deal going on until march 20 where you get $300 off an Ispiron desktop if you configure it over $999. I configured it for $1,009 so I could get it for just over $700. I'd like to see what you all say about it, especially the GRAPHICS CARD. I want to play games, but my budget is $750 so I'm going for the bang to buck ratio here. Thanks all!


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Close to it
by welrdelr / March 10, 2008 1:03 PM PDT

A sound card should be added.
For me, I would ditch Windows and go with a Linux/GNU or *BSD distribution.

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Are sound cards required for some games?
by rob54w / March 15, 2008 1:12 PM PDT
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If I were to plays games like EverQuest II and Wow, would I need a sound card? It seems like a waste of money to me. And I can't ditch Windows because it's the only OS that supports games.

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SOUND Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 15, 2008 8:13 PM PDT

You have sound but some don't like onboard sound. I suggest you try it and add a nice soundblaster if you don't care for the onboard sound.
Bob

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dell deal
by pc_tech2008 / March 20, 2008 12:56 PM PDT

write: I'm planning on buying a Dell Inspiron 530. Cnet seemed to love it, because it's one of the top mainstream desktops. There's a deal going on until march 20 where you get $300 off an Ispiron desktop if you configure it over $999. I configured it for $1,009 so I could get it for just over $700. I'd like to see what you all say about it, especially the GRAPHICS CARD. I want to play games, but my budget is $750 so I'm going for the bang to buck ratio here. Thanks all!


reply:
1. I hate to disappoint you but dell have deal all the time.
just shortly before christmas dell had a dell if you configure your 530 over 999 you get a $350 discount here you only say 300, if you configure to I think 1200 or something like that I don't remember exact you will get a extra 150 and free shipping

2. if you go with vista home premimun please check 1st I think this version of windows do NOT allow you to do full system backup only file and folder backup

3. inspiron 530 is not that bad, 1 good part is there is a door covering up those memory card reader to ban dust entry no other pc seems to have this. you won't get much option slot inside.

4. here is the catch. if you go with 1 gig memory or 2 gig memory and you want more or max it to 4 in the future, here is a catch with dell, their web site is 1 price, if you call them on the phone and if they know you have a purchase order or customer # the price they give you for memory will be 2-3 times more that what is stated in their web site. when question why they claim they are right about the $. compare dell price on memory and store price for a good name brand if it is on sale you are better off buying it on the store.

we did a research on memory with dell lately where the web was under $45 a gig, we called in using someone's invoice the price for 1 gig was $89 so times it by 2 for 2 gig memory purchase that is a lot of money. Then we took popular store price for that week best buy was about $70 staples was under $60 (store had it on sale). exclude shipping and tax

5. problem with dell the bad part is their tech support high % of the rep you cannot understand what they are talking about. they speak with heavy foreign lanugage. the rule is start buying a technical pc repair text book and start learning how to fix pc yourself.

the inspirion 530 is a nice machine but the tech support sucks.
if you need accessory or parts go other places not dell

hope this helps

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