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Is this Dell I configured a good buy?

by jujappers / December 15, 2004 12:36 AM PST

Well I'm in the market again to buy a new computer. I am trying to decide between a Gateway 7200 series computer or a Dell 8400 desktop. I get some pretty good discounts because I am a UPS employee. Last night I configured a Dell PC online and here are the specs...

-Pentium 4 3.2 GHz
-Microsoft Media Center Edition 2005
-Dual TV tuner and remote control
-1GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 533MHz (2x512M)
-250GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM)
-Dual Drives: 48x CD-RW Drive + 16x DVD+/-RW w/dbl layer write capability
-19" LCD TV/Monitor (HD Ready)
-256MB PCI Express? x16 (DVI/VGA/TV-out) nVidia GeForce 6800 GTO
-Sound Blaster Audigy?2 ZS (D) Card w/Dolby 5.1, and IEEE 1394
-Dell 5650 5.1 Surround Sound Speaker System with Subwoofer
-Dell Wireless Keyboard and Optical Mouse
-4 year at home service plan

Total Price after online discounts and UPS discounts - $2375.00

One of the reasons I am very interested in this PC is because I intend on using it as a gaming machine (I'm not a huge PC gamer but like to play games every now and then), television (I like the idea of having a 19" widescreen HD ready tv that also acts as a monitor), digital video recorder (with the media center edition I can record television shows onto my hard drive), and just an overall high powered computer. Please feel free to share your thoughts on this buy as I have to make the purchase today if I am going to take advantage of some of the discounts. Thanks!

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