Is this PC a good deal?

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I want to buy a desktop that will be fast and reliable.  I thought I
would show the price and specs here to garner comments/advice.  (If
this is a poor newsgroup to post this, please direct me to the correct
one/s and I will post there. :))

Background: I will use my computer for browsing the internet,
programming, playing online poker, downloading P2P, watching videos and
listening to MP3s.  I want it to be reliable, and do not wantr to build
it myself.

This is the system I am leaning towards from Dell. for $999 Canadian
(before tax).

Base: AMD Athlon=99 64 X2 Dual-Core 3800+
Operating System: Genuine Windows=AE XP Home Edition***
Memory: 2GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 533MHz- 2DIMMs
Keyboard: Dell USB Enhanced Multimedia Keyboard
Monitor: FREE UPGRADE TO 19 inch E197FP Analog Flat Panel
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 6150 LE Integrated Graphics GPU
Hard Drive: 160GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM) w/DataBurst Cache=99
Network Interface: Integrated 10/100 Ethernet
CD ROM/DVD ROM     Dual Drives: 16x DVD-ROM Drive + 16x DVD+/-RW
Sound Cards:Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio

In a nutshell, my plan is to get a good dual CPU and lots of RAM, and a
DUAL DVD/RW to brun DVDs easily.  This setup does not come with a
graphics card or audio card, it uses the integrated ones.  It does come
witha monitor, and I alrwady have one, so I may buy a graphics card
with dual monitor support at a later date.

I have a legal version of WinXP Professional (I will instal and dual
boot), I have a huge external Hard Drive for P2P, I have speakers, an
existing monitor, printer, everything really.  I just want to replace
the core system from a reliable builder like Dell.

I appreciate any feedback comments, especially regarding the CPUs and
RAM.  And how can I tell what the motherboard is?  In the info from
Dell it doesn't say.  Can I glean this from the "AMD Athlon=99 64 X2
Dual-Core 3800+" bit, or assume it must be good enough if it supports
this Dual Core spec?


Re: Is this PC a good deal?

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In that case, be sure to get a PC that supports ECC memory
and, of course, the ECC memory itself !

-- Bob Day

Re: Is this PC a good deal?

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Second the motion.  In fact, nobody should ever buy a system
lacking ECC memory.

"I have a creative mind.  You (singular) are eccentric.
 He is insane.          We are losing sight of reality.
 You (plural) are smoking crack.  They are certifiable."
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Re: Is this PC a good deal?

On 13 Sep 2006 12:03:56 -0700, "Blue Apricot"

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Ive got the X2 3800 thats a fine system but DELL was finally
giving deals on a Conroe system. I think Id go for that if its still
going on .  Ill check.

Its this one.  DELL USA

Came out to $849 after adding the 160 gig HD and e6300 dual core
conroe and theres a rebate for US buyers - $149. Dont know if there is
one for Canadian buyers.  Both are fine but if its around the same
price Id get the conroe.

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