Posted 12 September 2007 - 08:51 PM
Posted 12 September 2007 - 09:16 PM
Are you looking to purchase one outright (like from Dell) or build one yourself? Either way, we can give you a heads-up on what to look out for...
A processor, the minimum you want these days is an Intel Core 2 Duo or an AMD Athlon X2. I currently recommend the Intel as they are much better at the moment. Try looking for an E6750, this is the sweet-spot about now.
RAM - you would want 2GB, it runs pretty much everything nicely these days. You should be looking at quality brand-names as they generally give better performance, last longer, and have a lifetime warranty. If you buy a Dell machine, usually they give the "value" series. Just make sure you get 667MHz minimum speed, preferably 800MHz.
Don't forget there's plenty else to look out for as well - make sure you get a SATA2 (3.0GB/s) hard drive. Make sure it comes with a DVD Burner, they are cheap and it's definitely the minimum these days. What OS are you going to use - Vista?
Also don't forget to factor in the upgradeability of the computer, like is it going to be able to be upgraded in two years time to give it a boost? Or will it be too old-technology to upgrade any further?
Posted 13 September 2007 - 08:00 AM
Posted 13 September 2007 - 05:36 PM
I personally would avoid refurbished products, I just wonder what went wrong with it in the first place? Nonetheless, if it comes with a decent warranty and you're getting it for a good price...
Posted 13 September 2007 - 09:41 PM
They come with a one year warranty. I purchased my last one from them about 3-4 years ago and haven't had too many problems other than the speed.
Posted 13 September 2007 - 11:11 PM
This one looks alright, although I'm sure there are more there that would suit your needs. What's your budget?
Posted 14 September 2007 - 07:31 AM
Posted 15 September 2007 - 01:49 AM
(System Identifier: 0106XC8F)
* Dimension C521 Desktop: AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core 5000+ (2.6 GHz)
* Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium
System Price : $499.00
Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium
Memory 2 GB DDR2 SDRAM 677MHz (2 DIMMs)
Hard Disk Drive 160 GB SATA Hard Drive (7200RPM)
Video 128MB ATI MOBILITY RADEON X1300 HyperMemory
Modem V.90/56K PCI DataFax Modem
Base Dimension C521 Desktop: AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core 5000+ (2.6 GHz)
Media Bay 16X DVD +/- RW w/dbl layer write capability
Corel Paint Shop Pro XI - Trial Version
Microsoft Works 8.5
13 in 1 Media Card Reader
Dell A225 Speakers
USB 2 Button Mouse
Posted 18 September 2007 - 08:48 AM
1 Inspiron Desktop 531 Mini-tower: AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core 4400+ (2.30GHZ)
1 Certified Refurbished
1 No Speakers
1 No Modem Option
1 Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium
1 Service Software
1 Operating System Label
1 Processor Label
1 1.44 MB Floppy Disk Drive
1 Software CD
1 AOL Software Documentation
1 AOL ISP Software
1 Shipping Material
1 2 GB DDR2 SDRAM 677MHz (2 DIMMs)
1 Dell Support Software 1.0
1 Support Software
1 ISP Search Assist
1 Microsoft Works 8.5
1 Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Reader
1 320 GB EIDE SATA Hard Drive (7200 RPM)
1 Resource DVD
1 Reference Guide
1 Operating System DVD
1 Bluetooth Keyboard and Optical Mouse
1 Roxio Creator LE
1 Image Restore Software
1 16X DVD +/- RW w/dbl layer write capability
Posted 18 September 2007 - 05:20 PM
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