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New Desktop

by hh / September 17, 2004 6:44 AM PDT

Looking to get a new desktop. I have had experience with Dell as well as Gateway. My 'computer geek' advisor says I should go with Gateway. He sees alot fewer problems with Gateway than he sees with Dell. Is that true? Also he recommends I get the small business version as opposed to home & home office products. He says they are generally better built. Is that so?
I need it for general home use and business use from home. I do financial investing, so I subscribe to on-line information systems as well as Bloomberg and do charting.
Can anyone recommend a 'good' system. Thanks.

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Re: New Desktop
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 17, 2004 6:51 AM PDT
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Gateway would have fewer problems because... there are less owners of such and you'll get less people posting about their issues.

I'd rank them equal.


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Re: New Desktop
by doodman / September 25, 2004 12:21 AM PDT
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Find a reputable local dealer. Dell and Gateway make thier money on financing and extras, not on a good machine. Do your homework when looking for a computer dealer. Do the offer tech support, warranty, replacement, etcetera.. Using a local dealer will also keep your money in the community and give you the flexibility of designing a machine tailored to you and not the "out-of-the-box-special" of the week.

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Re: New Desktop
by hh / September 30, 2004 6:36 AM PDT
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Although I do prefer to go through a local dealership, I find most of the help there just pushing what they have in stock rather than honestly trying to help you.
At least when you buy on-line (e.g. Dell and Gateway) you can configure it the way you want it and you do not have the hassle of pushy salespeople.

I also find most help in the stores to be rather unprofessional and even less informed than me (and I am at best a novice).

Sad but true, as it is with most businesses these days. They hire just anyone, at minimum wages, with no technical knowledge or even a passion for what they are selling.


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